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The Catholic Guide to Dating After Divorce

The Catholic Guide to Dating After Divorce

Cultivating the Five Qualities That Free You to Love 

Author: Lisa Duffy

Foreword by: Father Jonathan Morris

Regular Price: $15.95

Sale Price: $3.00

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-597-6

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: May 7, 2015

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In the first book written specifically for the 11 million divorced Catholics in the United States, Lisa Duffy— columnist and creator of the “Journey of Hope” divorce recovery program—combines personal experience, Church teaching, and more than twenty years of ministering to those wounded by divorce to offer a guide that shows how faith can be a catalyst for healthy dating and relationships.

Encouraging yet forthright, The Catholic Guide to Dating After Divorce offers sound advice to anyone who has experienced the deflating effects of divorce, but is not ready to give up on love. Affirming the universal need for intimacy, Duffy—a relationship expert, columnist, and creator of the "Journey of Hope" divorce recovery program—shows how faith can be a catalyst for healthy relationships, helping to identify and uproot emotionally harmful habits and boosting authenticity and confidence. Duffy identifies five essential characteristics of spiritually healthy people—being available, affectionate, communicative, faithful, and magnanimous—and shows how cultivating these qualities can bring out the best, most confident, and most attractive version of anyone. 

Quizzes, journaling questions, and action steps will help the reader grow in these areas. The book concludes with an appendix on resources for those who need help working through an annulment or who are in need of other post-divorce resources.


"Highly recommended."

“As a canon lawyer, I found that this book contains the clearest and most understandable explanation I’ve ever heard about the reasons the Church provides the annulment process, and why saving sexual intimacy for marriage is the best way to show respect for oneself, for one’s partner, and for God. Highly recommended.”

Sandra Makowski, S.S.M.N.
Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina

"Desperately needed."

“As a Catholic who has been divorced, annulled, and remarried, I can say from personal experience that this book is desperately needed. So many divorced Catholic men and women still feel called to the vocation of marriage and want to pursue that calling within the context of the faith they hold so dear. Thank you, Lisa Duffy, for giving divorced Catholics a guidebook to help them find their way to the future they desire and deserve.”

Mary DeTurris Poust
Author of Cravings

"The Holy Spirit has truly blessed Lisa."

“The Holy Spirit has truly blessed Lisa with gifted insight into unlocking the joy of healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation after divorce. Jesus, the Supreme Healer, has always invited those who struggle to come close to his Sacred Heart, so that they can receive his Divine Mercy. Lisa Duffy, in her book The Catholic Guide to Dating After Divorce, leads the reader to this fount of hope, to experience in the healing waters of Christ’s love the awe of a fresh start!”

Tom Peterson
Author, Producer, and Host of Catholics Come Home

"A timely resource."

“Lisa’s guidebook to dating after divorce is a timely resource for Catholics free to marry again. I appreciated most the approach to helping annulled Catholics overcome their fears of dating again. I have worked with hundreds of divorced and annulled Catholics over the years, and this fear is very common (and understandable). If you feel this way, this book can help.”

Anthony Buono

"Good, practical ideas for the divorced person."

The Catholic Guide to Dating After Divorce is loaded with lots of good, practical ideas for the divorced person. My favorite part? That Lisa shares her own poignant, honest, and funny stories with a transparent and magnanimous heart!”

Rose Sweet
Author of The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide

"Lisa Duffy's gentle tone and truly compassionate nature are exactly what divorced Catholics need."

“Navigating the waters of life after divorce can be filled with deep emotions and confusion. Many of your friends may be nudging you along to find someone new, but are you ready to enter the dating scene again? If you have questions about dating after divorce, then keep Lisa Duffy’s new book with you every step of the way. Lisa can help you on this journey because she has gone through it herself. Her gentle tone and truly compassionate nature are exactly what divorced Catholics need to overcome their fears, heal from past relationships, and re-enter the dating scene with confidence.” 

Robyn Lee
Managing Editor of the CatholicMatch Institute

"Don't open yourself to dating before you open this book; it's that important!"

“By taking the time to heal after a divorce, you can present the best version of yourself to the world and your suitor. Don't open yourself to dating before you open this book; it's that important!”

Heather Voccola

Webinar: Supporting Divorced Catholics: Welcoming the Wounded into the Field Hospital
Live with Lisa Duffy from the World Meeting of Families 2015

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