Your (Practical) Guide to Navigating Church as You Search for a Godly Mate
By Thomas Ruthford
As a single Christian, you’re probably amazed and frustrated by how hard it is to find someone who shares the joy you experience in worship. You might try missionary dating – converting through flirting. Or you might succumb to the offer of a matchmaker claiming prophetic knowledge, but you know you’ll end up with a zealot, nerd or “instaspouse” that way.
Thomas Ruthford, after years of striking out at youth conferences, coffee hours and monasteries, has a book to help single Christians through the dating scene with humor and advice. Heaven Help the Single Christian is relationship advice for the serious churchgoer, but it’s not homework. Ruthford offers us thoughts and laughter on Internet dating for Christians, on the joys and perils of dating the sons and daughters of clergy and shows us that modest clothing does not have to be frumpy. Cheer up, you’re not alone. Perfect for young adult study groups.
About THE AUTHOR
Thomas Eric Ruthford’s journeys took him from Western Washington state, where he grew up, to Ukraine, where he served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and got an amazing spiritual education from the recovering Orthodox Church there. He also served as the financial officer of Raphael House of San Francisco, a homeless shelter for families run by Orthodox Christians who take it as part of their ministry to live in the shelter themselves.
Ruthford is now married, and lives in the Seattle area, and works as a freelance writer, and enjoys multi-day bicycle trips. He and his wife, Miri, love taking their overeager dog, Jisa, to the park to play.
"Christian singles get bombarded with bad advice, from all directions, everyday. Thank Heaven for this good-natured, clear, and funny book, by someone who arrived successfully on the other side of a wedding day."
- Frederica Mathewes-Green, Author & Speaker
"It's been said that the way to an Orthodox man's heart is for a gal to walk around with a cookbook under one arm, and a copy of the “Rudder” under the other. Thanks to Mr. Ruthford's disarming book, only one arm's necessary, for gals and guys! Now that one arm's free ..."
- Fr Joseph Huneycutt, Author & Speaker