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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