If you're single and feeling that you've been kissing a lot of frogs, who didn't turn into your charming prince, this book is for you.
I'm a native New Englander—I grew up in Southern Maine, and now I live just outside Cambridge Massachusetts . I'm a dog person, a Red Sox fan, and a firm believer that the right lip gloss can make a day go better. I like to encourage people that more is possible in our lives than we might think, even for those of us who have fallen on our face a time or two.
Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I do! I'm working on a follow-up to He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, about some of the funny and frustrating challenges I've found in my new life. I'm amazed at how little encouragement there is out there that "happily ever after" can be more than a fairy tale! And on a spiritual level, it's been interesting figuring out what my faith is for, now that I have all that prayer time freed up that I used to spend insisting that God hurry up and bring me a husband!
Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
My website is www.trishryanonline.com. It has pictures, links to my blog, reviews of my book, some recommendations of books I like—all kinds of stuff. Additionally, I'll be starting a special blog on June 1st for folks who are interested in trying a "40 Days of Faith" experiment like the one I describe in my book, where we'll pray together for 40 days for God to work some fun miracles in our romantic lives. Readers can find that at www.fortydaysoffaith.blogspot.com
Why did you write He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not?When I began searching for a spiritual path that would help me sort out my romantic disappointments, I spent quite a bit of time in my local bookstore. This is how I learned about feng shui, astrology, A Course In Miracles –all the paths I tried which sounded super-spiritual, but brought really bad results. As I look back, I think that if there had been a book on that shelf suggesting that I try reading the Bible and applying some of Jesus' advice, I'd have given it a shot. But there wasn't any such book (at least not in a language that made sense to me). I wanted to put that story out there for people exploring questions of faith and spirituality. I think Jesus is worth considering.
What do you want the reader to take away from He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not?
That God loves us and he cares about our love lives. If you read the Bible, it's pretty clear that God is totally into marriage: bringing men and women together in amazing ways, blessing them beyond what they ever could have expected. I haven't found any other spiritual path that promises—and delivers—those kinds of results. It can feel funny to PRAY for a spouse, and yet it seems like this sort of honest interaction is exactly what God calls us to. I hope that readers will give it a try in their own lives, and see what God has to say about their happily ever after.
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Trish, thank you for spending this time with us.
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