If you are a single-parent, divorced, widowed, or over 30 and not yet married - this book is for you! (Even if - perhaps especially if - you are not ready to date yet).
Intentional Courtship is the book authors Jeff and Cathy desperately wished for when they found themselves newly single at middle age and starting over—an invaluable resource for mid-singles seeking to recover from loss, rediscover their joy, experience growth, and create better relationships than ever before.
Packed with insightful stories from the authors’ many combined years as mid-single members of the Church, Jeff and Cathy share their own wisdom, hoping to augment yours and illuminate your path forward.
The authors’ know from personal experience how isolated and alone mid-singles can feel, especially in the early part of their journey. Mid-singles are, perhaps, the most underserved demographic in the Church by authors, speakers, podcasters, and coaches. Jeff and Cathy are working to change that with this book and other resources they offer through Love in Later Years
Jeff and Cathy first connected online on St. Patrick’s Day. Their own relationship, with all its twists and turns, progressed to an eternal adventure beginning in the Provo City Center Temple. They still enjoy dating each other and working together to create an intentional marriage.
This book is written from their perspective as American members of the Church—the principles can be adapted and applied to mid-singles from a variety of religions and cultures.
Laura M. Brotherson, LMFT, CST
Best-Selling Author and Founder of The Marital Intimacy Institute
Excerpt from her FOREWORD for Intentional Courtship: I love that this book is the first to genuinely tackle the neglected world of mid-singles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The creation of the book will truly bless the lives of all those who do not know what to do once they find themselves single in their later years. I love that this book reads like a warm friend guiding you step-by-step through this stage of life. It provides a perfect roadmap to smooth the path and shine a light onto the challenges and blessings of this part of many members' earthly journey.
Jeff and Cathy offer this book as a spiritual, inspirational, relatable vision and step-by-step guide for any and all mid-singles who are willing to work with the Lord to find hope and healing again in their intimate lives.
Doug Brinley, BYU Professor and Best-Selling Author
Very impressive book for the audience it addresses. Jeff and Cathy have covered every dimension of navigating mid-single life. A must read for anyone who has been through a divorce or experienced heartache – you will find all you need to regain your footing and move forward in locating your eternal companion. It offers much needed reassurance that after profound loss and perceived failure, there is still hope for a bright future. With the number of singles out there, and the quality of this material, I really think it should be a best-seller!
Holly Voisin, MA
Trauma Therapist and Former Mid-Single
As someone who unexpectedly found themselves in the LDS mid-singles scene, this book would have been an invaluable navigation tool as I traveled the waters of picking up the pieces of my own life while trying to manage the rough waters of post-divorce. It is a modern day guide of self-healing, motivation, personal insight, and dating encouragement.
Dr. Sean Brotherson, PhD
Professor of Family Science, North Dakota State University and Former Bishop
Intentional Courtship is filled with passion, hope and common sense for individuals and couples seeking relationship insights and the promise of marital blessings. Based on lived experience and deep understanding, Jeff and Cathy Teichert share their hearts and their hopes for singles who want practical ideas and a purposeful future. You will learn, laugh, and maybe even cry - I did! It belongs at the bedside of any Latter-day Saint who wants to better understand singlehood, relationships, and the Lord's love for each of us.
Best-Selling Author and Ecclesiastical Family Advocate
An empowering and positive book for the lonely, the divorced, and for those exploring new relationships.
Full of humor and wisdom, a must read for anyone anticipating a dating adventure or wanting more out of life. Refreshingly, this book emphasizes the two most important relationships: with God and with oneself. Providing compassion for mid-singles and increased awareness for married couples and church leaders, this book liberates Christians from the stigmas and stereotypes of being single in later years.
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