Author and blogger Mandy Hale, affectionately known as The Single Woman releases her second book, "I've Never Been to Vegas but my Luggage has" March 11th. It's both a serious and humorous account of Mandy's "wrong turns, humiliating flops and painful breakups" that taught her life doesn't always work out as planned because "God has a greater plan at work."
She captures her take on the singles life with a dash of humor, sprinkles of wisdom and inspirational quotes on her blog and in her books. Due to her massive global presence on Facebook and Twitter Mandy has a "built-in" platform for anything she writes, from books to The Single Woman's blog. Not to mention more than a half million Twitter followers.
Mandy's Twitter handle @TheSingleWoman was voted one of the top ten Nashville Twitter handles by Nashville Business Journal, who also identified her as a "Woman of Influence." While the Huffington Post considers Mandy a "Twitter Passionista" with a voice of empowerment for women.
Yet it took a long road of self-discovery to become that woman where "the ashes of the girl" she once was became the "diamond" God intended her to be. Her journey would include a miraculous healing doctor's couldn't explain and a baptism "that penetrated her heart" unlike her first immersion.
That baptism spurred a newfound walk with God at a charismatic church where a prophetic minister called her forward and said, "I see you one day speaking into the lives of many young women." That was "a full decade" before "The Single Woman" came into being, writes Mandy.
Meanwhile dating gave her more questions than answers and prompted her to "kiss dating goodbye" for five years in favor of courtship where singles put romance on hold, "hang out in groups together and get to know one another as friends."
Mandy's fresh, sometimes sassy voice engages readers emotionally since many struggle with issues she writes about. From her poignant descriptions of loneliness to hopes being dashed when a current love interest doesn't meet expectations or struggles with anxiety and depression.
However, one of the best chapters, Mandy's abusive relationship experience, reveals the unrecognized danger and subtle development of abuse until it can no longer be ignored. This segment provides insight into the abuser as well as the abused and the courage it takes to walk away.
Mandy's vulnerability, genuine honesty and multiple "foot-in-mouth" experiences reveal her unique ability to laugh and continue in spite of embarrassing moments. Her words make it clear she's sold out to the Lord as she gives him credit for her success and talent to encourage and inspire single women.
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'I've Never Been to Vegas, but my Luggage has by Mandy Hale, Thomas Nelson—March 11, 2014, 288 Pages, 978-1400205257, $15.99
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"I've Never Been to Vegas, but my Luggage has" by Mandy Hale
Wrong turns, humiliating flops, painful heartbreaks—and happiness? Yes, believe it or not, they can go hand in hand.
Blogger and author Mandy Hale, affectionately known as “The Single Woman” to her half-million social-media followers, is living an adventurous life that proves even our lowest lows and messiest mess-ups can point us toward our joy-filled destiny as single women.
In I’ve Never Been To Vegas, But My Luggage Has, Mandy delivers heart-to-heart, often hilarious stories from a life filled with love and loss, glamour and goose bumps, faith and friendship, big dreams and battle scars. She shares the bittersweet euphoria of her high-school romance, the panic-stricken cluelessness of her first day on a stressful job, and the foot-in-mouth horror of her red-carpet interview with a music legend.
Along the way, Mandy dollops personal anecdotes with encouraging insights. From thrilling first kisses to crushing break-ups, from soaring career milestones to promising flights that never quite got off the ground, she unfolds in often uproarious detail the zigzags along the path toward a pinnacle moment: sharing a table and a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming conversation with her lifelong hero.
In the end, Mandy turns Sin City’s infamous marketing slogan on its head: What happens in her life doesn’t stay in her life. She shares even her darkest moments in witty, winsome ways that make us not only feel her pain, but also laugh with her and apply her hard-won nuggets of inspiration to our own lives.
“Happily Ever After” might not look or feel quite like what we expect, but as Mandy is discovering—and as we can discover along with her—it is well within our reach.
The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass, by Mandy Hale
Smart, strong, independent—single women can live a fabulous life. Husband not required.
Mandy Hale, also known by her many blog readers and Twitter fans as The Single WomanTM, shares her stories, advice, and enthusiasm for living life as an empowered, confident, God-centered woman who doesn’t just resign herself to being single—she enjoys it! Being single has had its stigmas, but Mandy proves it has its advantages too, and she uses wisdom and wit to inspire her fellow single ladies to celebrate and live fully in the life God has given them.
Mandy encourages her readers on subjects such as taking chances, building friendships, letting go, and finding a greater purpose. With her help, readers can stop worrying about happily ever after and discover a happy life instead.
The Single Woman's Sassy Survival Guide: Letting Go and Moving On, by Mandy Hale
As we weather the choppy waters we call Life, it’s a decision we will face time and time and time again: Do we cling to a situation that’s taking us under out of fear of letting go of the familiar…or do we open our hand and let go of that friendship, that relationship, that job, that opportunity, or that grievance that we’ve been clinging to, realizing that to flail around uncertainly for a season is all a part of discovering our destiny?
“How do you know so much about letting go and moving on?” You might ask. “What makes you the expert?”
Well, I’m not an expert. Let’s get that straight. I’m not a guru. I’m not a psychologist or a psychiatrist or a counselor or a fortune teller or the Great and Powerful Oz.
I am a single woman. Just like you.
Just like you - I am a friend. A sister. A daughter. An aunt.
I have loved and lost. I have grieved and clung. I have let go and moved on.
Sneakers or stilettos, I’ve been in your shoes…and I know every step of the journey. Perhaps even better than any guru or expert or counselor or fortune teller.
The Single Woman's Guide to Retirement, by Jan Cullinane
If you’re one of the 25 million single women over the age of 45 living in the United States today, AARP’s The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement is your new best friend. Walking you through the challenges of retired or pre-retired life, from managing your finances to staying healthy in body, mind, and spirit, dealing with divorce, and even looking for love or work, the book covers the issues that really matter to you. Whether you’re looking for a retirement home or planning a cruise, this book is packed with specific details to help take the guesswork out of retirement. Author and retirement expert Jan Cullinane has gathered real-life stories from women just like you to illustrate your options and give you fresh new ideas about how to make the most of your retirement years.
Living Alone and Loving It, by Barbara Felden
After a relationship impasse, Barbara Feldon -- universally known as the effervescent spy "99" on Get Smart -- found herself living alone. Little did she know that this time would become one of the most enriching and joyous periods of her life.
Now Feldon shares her secrets for living alone and loving it. Prescribing antidotes for loneliness, salves for fears, and answers for just about every question that arises in an unpartnered day, she covers both the practical and emotional aspects of the solo life, including how to:
Stop imagining that marriage is a solution for loneliness • Nurture a glowing self-image that is not dependent on an admirer • Value connections that might be overlooked • Develop your creative side • End negative thinking
Whether you are blessed with the promise of youth or the wisdom of age, Living Alone & Loving It will instill the know-how to forge a life with few maps and many adventures.
IS GOD SAYING HE'S THE ONE? - Relationship Advice for Single Christian Women: Hearing from Heaven about That Man in Your Life, by Susan Rohrer
IS THAT SPECIAL GUY YOUR HUSBAND TO BE?
Maybe you're a single Christian woman in need of sound relationship advice. You're over the whole casual dating scene. You're getting serious about finding The One. You're looking for a match made in heaven. You might find yourself asking these questions:
- Will God help me find a husband?
- How do I know if that man is really The One?
- Is that man I'm seeing really God's best for me?
- Will my best friend guy ever see me "that way"?
Do any of these questions frequent thoughts and prayers? You may be wondering if the answers you're hearing really are from heaven and, if so, what to do about it. If you need advice for navigating Christian relationships and mate seeking, you'll find it in this book.
Are you a single woman who makes finding your soul mate a priority? Want to know if that male best friend will ever fall in love with you? IS GOD SAYING HE'S THE ONE? will help you to define the relationship. Having trouble breaking up or getting over the wrong guy? You may finally hear from God about whether or not that man is truly The One for you. If your answer is yes, this book is recommended especially for you.
What Women Wish You Knew about Dating: A Single Guy's Guide to Romantic Relationships, by Stephen W. PH. D. Simpson
Most books on romantic relationships focus on mate selection, marriage, and sexual purity. But before all that can happen, a guy has to get a date! What Women Wish You Knew about Dating equips men with the skills they need to begin dating.
Author Stephen W. Simpson educates men about spiritual and psychological obstacles to dating and provides solutions to the problems that often interfere with a healthy, holy dating life. With a unique blend of biblical principles, psychological insight, practical advice, and humor, this book shows the reader how to be a man, date like a man, and get that relationship off to a great start. Whether just entering the dating game or back after being widowed or divorced, men of all ages will benefit from this straightforward and candid treatment of male sexuality and dating.
Sassy, Single, and Satisfied: Secrets to Loving the Life You're Living, by Michelle McKinney Hammond
A brand-new cover on this bestselling book (over 200,000 copies sold!) will capture the attention of readers. Countering media messages that say happiness equals being in relationships with men, Michelle McKinney Hammond encourages singles to get busy living a life that blesses others and enriches their single experience.
Always upbeat, always biblical, Michelle reveals how to find fulfillment now, including getting fit spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Readers will discover how to...
- squeeze the most out of being single
- prepare their hearts, minds, and souls for mates
- be wise about the man thing
- have their deepest desires and needs met
- get their priorities in order
Packed with lively stories, wisdom for handling real-life situations, and a host of secrets for living life to the fullest, Sassy, Single, and Satisfied gives readers insights on life, love, men, happiness, and God's love for them.