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Finally The Bride: Finding Hope While Waiting

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Why Would God Care About My Love Life?

From the woman behind the screenplay and novel, Never the Bride, comes a roller coaster of a love story with God. Cheryl McKay pulls no punches about what it's really like to be single, with your age creeping up, and no end in sight to the wait for love and marriage.

It seems that many years ago, God asked Cheryl to surrender the pen sh
ebook, 258 pages
Published April 2012 by Purple PenWorks (first published March 25th 2012)
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Aug 31, 2012 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
I saw this book recommended on a blog discussion I read several weeks ago. It was among several women approaching their 30s who have a desire for marriage but no past or current relationship prospects to speak of (yes, I am one of them). It piqued my interest, considering I've seen so few books geared toward single women that reached beyond "what you need to do if you want a man."
There is something so comforting about this book. It's just so raw and real. Cheryl McKay writes to single women, as
Lana Shaw
Apr 16, 2012 Lana Shaw rated it it was amazing
Cheryl's book Finally The Bride is an honest, thorough, delightful book. You don't have to be single and waiting to get something out of it; I've been married for nine years and still I found myself taking notes in the chapters where she talks about waiting on God for something He has promised us. I love her easy style, as if you are in a conversation with her over coffee. And any time an author shares real journal entries with their readers I know the story is going to be good, genuine, heartfe ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
“Starved for a soul mate? Follow McKay’s breadcrumbs along this very
personal journey of faith. This is no light confection of a book. Frankly
witty and achingly raw, it is written out of first-hand experience by a
woman who choked down one rejection after another, year after
bewildering year. It’s about turning to God for heart-level sustenance
through extended lean seasons, and the romantic feast she discovered
at long last, waiting at the table of her First Love.”

Susan Rohrer, Author
Pamela Fernandes
Feb 19, 2017 Pamela Fernandes rated it really liked it
This book should be a 'must read' for Christian singles, men and women. There were a number of things that I loved about this book. One that the author was brutally honest and brave to write her own experiences. This is a tell all from 39 year old Cheryl waiting for "The One." To many Christians, this may seem difficult, but Cheryl is spot on when she explains the reasons for waiting before marriage, listening to God's voice, limiting friendships with men who don't commit and the virtue of chast ...more
Jackie Krasuski
Dec 06, 2012 Jackie Krasuski rated it it was amazing
Mind. Blown.

Ideas on love and Dating. Changed.

Sense? Yeah, it makes more of it than anything I have ever read on the topic.

At first, and until about halfway through the book, I was incredibly frustrated with it. I kept reading about how Cheryl was so much like me, and what on earth was she publishing this book about if all she was going to do was sob about how she is single and wants nothing more than to be married? I already feel that way, I know there are others out there who feel the same way
Dec 29, 2012 Dana rated it it was amazing
I read many books about dating and waiting on God before, this one by far had the most uniqueness to it. Cheryl shares her story with complete raw and honest emotion that it doesn't try to sugar-coat how really hard it is to wait for the right person to be revealed in your life. I have the pleasure of knowing Cheryl too, and she is the REAL DEAL. Very encouraging for all single people out there.
Shannon McDermott
Sep 12, 2013 Shannon McDermott rated it it was amazing
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My husband. He’s tall. He’s dark. He’s handsome. I think. Actually, I don’t know. I may not have met him yet. He could be a short, balding blond with a dimpled cheek. If you find him, please call me at 1-777-HUSBAND. Reward offered. If you are that guy – the one who hasn’t shown up yet – your M.I.A. status is completely unacceptable to your future wife.

- Cheryl McKay, Finally the Bride

A missing poster, it must be said, is better than a wanted poster. On the other hand, even a wanted po
Oct 03, 2013 Tripleguess rated it liked it
I would like to give this book three and a half stars.

It is clear that the author wants to help people; it's just as clear that she often substitutes "prophetic words" for common sense. That is my biggest issue with this book.

So you can understand where I'm coming from: I grew up in a fairly conservative family. I've had charismatic friends and some of them are wonderful people. I am not, overall, comfortable with "Charismatic," but I can get along with people who are Charismatic if we can agre
Jun 11, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Author: Cheryl McKay
Publisher: Purple Penworks
March 2012
ISBN: 978-1470005931
Genre: Inspirational/dating and relationships

Message for my man:

If you don’t show up soon, I’m adding you to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. It won’t be pretty! I will not bail you out of your first night of captivity.

Could this message be from you? Are you tired of waiting for that perfect man to finally show up in your life? Are you tired of discovering that even if God is writing your love lif
Caroline Way
Apr 10, 2012 Caroline Way rated it it was amazing
'Finally the Bride' is a wonderfully warm, frank, and vulnerable illustration of what it means to let God write your love story and what it is to have a love story with God. McKay offers practical, and often humorous, advice on not getting sidetracked from the ultimate goal of letting God be the only One in your life to chose the one for your life. As Cheryl reveals her very personal triumphs and failures in her struggle to be patient, she emphasizes the importance of not getting stuck in the de ...more
Oct 09, 2013 Prosperityjo rated it liked it
Struggled to read this book, and yet my friends thought it was great! I gave it some time and picked it up again; this time focusing on what I wanted to extract from the book as opposed to merely reading for the sake of it.

Definitely became more interesting and eventually concludes on a very happy note which made it more worthwhile. I guess I was not used to the authors style of writing, in a kind of diary format, which served as a distraction (for me) from the message that the material was sup
K. Kotun
Nov 20, 2013 K. Kotun rated it it was amazing
A fab book. Almost mirrored my life; I started it and couldn't put it down. When God tells you to do something, just do it and that's what Cheryl's done(writing this book) - it was passed to me by my sister, who was given it by her friend, and another friend in turn gave it to her. It's a great book to get everything into perspective and trust God. A lot of humorous parts, and parts that make you cry too.

Great book Cheryl!!
Dec 24, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
I loved this book as it felt like the most honest look at being single that I've seen. The bulk of this book was written while the author was single herself and so it doesn't come across as condescending. She admits that being single is painful and that sometimes we misstep while looking for love. Excellent and encouraging!
Kimberly Robinson
Jun 14, 2013 Kimberly Robinson rated it it was amazing
I read this book twice in two days. I cried through it the first time. I highlighted almost every sentence the second. It could have been written from my journals. I am grateful this book exists.
Bobbie Miller

Such a God given book. Such great words that God needed me and I'm sure every still single women needs to read.
Oct 30, 2012 Alicja rated it liked it

Not a bad book but a bit too much angst. Could have been more concise. Good advice especially from Chris.
Mar 31, 2016 Dt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly fun read! Loved the author's candidness and relatability.
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Goodreads Librari...: please fix and combine 2 15 Nov 20, 2013 09:40PM  
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  • What Is He Thinking??: What Guys Want Us to Know About Dating, Love, and Marriage
  • When You Can't Find God
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  • Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?: Trusting God with a Hope Deferred
  • Right People, Right Place, Right Plan: Discerning the Voice of God
  • More Than Ordinary: Enjoying Life with God
  • God's Gift to Women: Discovering the Lost Greatness of Masculinity
  • And the Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity
  • The Unexpected Journey: Conversations with People Who Turned from Other Beliefs to Jesus
  • Contingency (Covenant of Trust #1)
  • The Mark of a Man
  • The Financially Confident Woman: What You Need to Know to Take Charge of Your Money
  • Living in Christ's Presence: Final Words on Heaven and the Kingdom of God
  • Completely His: Loving Jesus without Limits
Cheryl McKay has been professionally writing since 1997. Cheryl wrote the screenplay for The Ultimate Gift, based on Jim Stovall’s novel. The award-winning film stars James Garner, Brian Dennehy, and Abigail Breslin and was released in theaters by Fox in 2007. The Ultimate Gift won a Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival, received three Movieguide Nominations, winning one of the Ten B ...more
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“Dear God: You said in Your Word that man is not meant to be alone. Seriously. You can look it up in Genesis 2:18. So, why do You insist I remain alone? Okay, so I realize I’m not a man. However, I think the spirit behind what You said about Adam included women. After all, when You didn’t want Adam to be alone, You created Eve. Did You know, when You said those words, many singles would throw them back in Your face in moments of frustrated isolation?               —Sincerely, Your Lonely Daughter Cheryl” 1 likes
“He knows the day, the hour, the minute that something in particular needs to happen in our lives. He may not be early, but He’s never late.” 1 likes
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