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Book: Getting Naked Later: Making Sense of the Unexpected Single Life
Author: Kate Hurley
Cover Illustrator: Tim Green
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers, 2020
ISBN-10 : 073697833X
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Older teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Hurley, Kate. Getting Naked Later: Making Sense of the Unexpected Single Life (Published in 2020 by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR 97408). Most folks don’t anticipate still being single late in life, and they aren’t quite sure how to navigate the unfulfilled dreams and as yet unanswered prayers. In all the ways which people imagine their lives, this is never how they think that things will turn out. But they are not alone. Author Kate Hurley found herself waiting on the single side of the road, and waiting, and waiting. Now she wants to guide her readers through it. She doesn’t offer a magic formula that will bring them a spouse, nor does she ask them to be content with their “gift” of singleness. However, she does tackle the hard questions. What happens if I never get married? Do I have value if I don’t have a mate? Will I always feel lonely if I end up alone?
Provocatively titled, Getting Naked Later is for those who are dating, waiting, and feeling frustrated. While Kate speaks rather frankly at times, there is nothing vulgar or inappropriate in the book. I especially appreciated her observations and comments on dating. The book gives singles permission to grieve over their unmet expectations while opening their hearts and lives to the unforeseen possibilities of a different kind of love story. Like Kate, the longing may never go away, but she explains how one can learn how to long and let go at the very same time. It would be especially beneficial to ladies, but guy can find good in it too. Much of the material was previously published in 2013 as Cupid Is a Procrastinator. One reviewer noted, “It’s rare to read a Christian book that honestly talks about singleness in your 30s without telling you how to find a husband or to embrace being single for life as a gift.”