Book Review - Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship

Book Review – Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship

By Dustin | Book & Product Reviews

Who doesn’t love to retell the story of how they met, fell in love, and married?

It’s always really interesting to take some time to think back to the events that brought you together with your spouse.

What seems like pure coincidence at the time can certainly look much more like Divine Intervention after you’ve had time to reflect.

Our Courtship Story

Dustin and I are high school sweethearts (insert eye roll here), but there were many places along the way that we could have missed one another…or been pulled apart.

I got kicked out of Driver’s Education my sophomore year when the class got one student too large, and I was the youngest one enrolled in the course.  As a result, I got put into a new P.E. class that was doing a section on archery.

Lo and behold, this goofy junior was in this same class, and he happened to be a bowhunter who loved archery..and he took every opportunity to show me the right way to shoot a bow during class.  At the time, I thought he looked nice in his super short gym shorts, but I didn’t give it much thought beyond that.

Of course, that turned out to be the beginning of a relationship with my husband of 11 years.  Our story has many other twists of fate, but I think Dustin would agree that it was a great thing that my license to drive was delayed by a semester. 🙂

Come My Beloved

When we were given a copy of Come My Beloved to read, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  It was clearly a collection of courtship stories from Catholic couples, but I didn’t know how interesting that would be to read.

The book turned out to be really heartwarming.  In it, twelve couples share their stories of how they met…but with a twist.

Most of the stories involve a journey that requires spiritual guidance from above. This book reminds us of how we must trust in God to show us our vocations in life through prayer and interactions with others.  Reading a dozen very different stories of how couples from amazingly diverse backgrounds found each other and went on to be married is quite enlightening.

While our children are nowhere near the age of dating or marrying, this book gave some good examples of how important it is to be good role models in our marriages so that our children will know what to look for in their future relationships.

It was uplifting to hear how God has worked to bring so many people together, and made me want to keep reading to hear more inspirational stories about His work.

The authors are looking for more examples of how couples met and fell in love. Are you willing to share yours?

You can start by sharing a favorite story from your courtship in the comments below.

Bethany is the better half of Engaged Marriage.  When she isn’t reminiscing about Dustin’s gym shorts, she enjoys reading and spreading the good news about marriage to engaged couples through her church’s Pre-Cana marriage preparation program.

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About the Author

Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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Heather

This book sounds great! I have been thinking that I wanted to encourage courtship rather than dating with my children. Like yours, they aren’t really old enough yet, but it’s good to prepare 🙂

While I’m probably too old for traditional courtship; I think the fact that I have children lends itself more toward courtship than dating. I have two other people to consider this time around and have no intention of dating several men. I can’t expose them to that type of lifestyle – they deserve so much better. Since their father has already abandoned them (in a way), I absolutely refuse to have anyone else abandon them.

Who knows? Perhaps I’ll have my own courtship story to share one day…

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    Dustin

    Thanks so much for your comment, Heather. I really like your distinction between dating and courtship. I know you have the right heart and also think this mindset is spot on.

    Dustin

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Bethany,

I have always enjoyed reading your posts. You must start writing more often on EM. This book indeed sounds great. Its interesting to learn how God has his own plans to make people meet.

Mine is an arranged marriage. I didnt like my husband when I spoke to him first. I thought he was too arrogant and decided never to contact him again. But something happened and I had to contact him and in the second conversation that his attitude was actually his honesty coupled with staright forwad nature.

I cant thank God enough to let us meet and get me married to him.

Dustin, love the new logo.

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    Dustin

    Surabhi,

    Thanks so much, and I totally agree with your feelings that Bethany needs to continue to write more often!

    And thanks for the logo compliment – we really like it.

    Dustin

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