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Mandy Hale: Finding Satisfaction As “The Single Woman”

Author Mandy Hale shares the importance of keeping Christ at the center of her life and how He has enabled her to find strength when she needs it most. Read Transcript


Wendy: IMAGINE THIS, A

YOUNG MAN SHUTS DOWN A

DIAMOND STORE IN NEW YORK

CITY TO SHOW HIS GIRLFRIEND

ENGAGEMENT RINGS.

SOUNDS ROMANTIC, DOESN'T

IT?

BUT HE NEVER PROPOSED.

THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY

MISADVENTURERS OF MANDY

HALE.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN A

LAND FAR AWAY, THERE WAS A

PRINCESS WHO LIVED HAPPILY

EVER AFTER.

THIS IS NOT THAT KIND OF

FAIRYTALE.

Reporter: MANDY HALE IS

AFFECTIONATELY O KNOW KNOWN

AS THE SINGLE WOMAN.

IN HER BOOK, "I'VE NEVER

BEEN TO VEGAS, BUT MY

LUGGAGE HAS," MANDY SHARES

HEART TO HEART STORIES FROM

HER OWN LIFE.

HER INSIGHTS WILL HELP YOU

DISCOVER THAT YOUR HAPPILY

EVER AFTER MAY BE CLOSER

THAN YOU THINK.

Wendy: PLEASE WELCOME

BACK TO "THE 700 CLUB," MY

GOOD FRIEND AND AUTHOR OF

"I'VE NEVER BEEN TO VEGAS,

BUT MY LUGGAGE HAS," MANDY

HALE.

GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE.

SO GOOD TO SEE YOU.

Wendy: HOW DID YOUR

LUGGAGE END UP IN VEGAS BUT

YOU DIDN'T?

IT IS KIND OF A FUNNY

STORY.

IT IS IN THE FIRST CHAPTER

OF THE BOOK, SPOILER ALERT,

SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT

TOO LONG TO FIND OUT.

YOU RARELY END UP WHERE YOU

THINK YOU'LL GO, BUT YOU

ALWAYS END UP WHERE YOU'RE

SUPPOSED TO BE.

Wendy: YOU SUFFERED

FROM PANIC ATTACKS, AND YOU

HAD A PANIC ATTACK ON THAT

FLIGHT THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO

GO TO VEGAS.

YEAH.

Wendy: HOW DID YOU

OVERCOME THAT AND THE

DEPRESSION THAT FOLLOWED

WHEN YOU LOST YOUR JOB.

I'M STILL WORKING ON THE

ANXIETY THING.

THE THE FACT THAT I'M HERE

NOW, THANK YOU, GOD, IS THE

PROOF OF HIS STRENGTH.

I HAVE A REALLY WONDERFUL

FAMILY, WHO I KNOW IS

WATCHING VERY PROUDLY RIGHT

NOW, AND ALSO CRYING OUT TO

GOD AND REALIZING WHEN WE

GET DOWN TO ABSOLUTELY

NOTHING, JUST LOOKING UP AND

REALIZING HE IS OUR

EVERYTHING.

HE ABSOLUTELY DELIVERED ME

FROM IT.

JUST A LOT OF PRAYER AND A

WONDERFUL FAMILY AND SUPPORT

SYSTEMMENT.

Wendy SYSTEM.

Wendy: LOOKING AT YOU,

PEOPLE WOULD SAY, HOW CAN

SHE BE DEPRESSED?

SHE HAS GOT IT ALL TOGETHER,

SHE'S BEAUTIFUL, AND SHE HAS

TWO BOOKS OUT.

HOW DO YOU THINK DEPRESSION

MANIFESTED IN YOUR LIFE?

ABOUT TWO DECADES AGO, I

WAS IN MY DREAM JOB, AND I

WAS PUTTING MY FAITH IN MY

SURROUNDINGS, AND VERY

MATERIAL THINGS, LIKE MY JOB

AND MY STATUS, AND THE

THINGS THAT I WAS DOING.

I HAD REALLY TURNED AWAY

FROM GOD.

HONESTLY, I THINK WHEN WE

PUT OUR ENERGY AND OUR STOCK

IN ANYTHING OTHER THAN GOD,

IT IS A VERY SLIPPERY

SLOPE.

THAT'S THE PLACE I FOUND

MYSELF IN.

BUT HE IS A GOOD GOD, AND HE

BROUGHT ME THROUGH IT.

Wendy: TODAY, MANDY,

HALF A MILLION PEOPLE FOLLOW

YOUR DATING ADVICE ON

TWITTER, WHICH IS

PHENOMENAL.

BUT TELL US ABOUT MR. "E,"

WHO YOU WRITE ABOUT, AND THE

ONE THAT TOOK YOU TO THE

DIAMOND STORE AND SHOWED YOU

ALL OF THESE INCREDIBLE

ENGAGEMENT RINGS BUT NEVER

PROPOSED.

WHAT HAPPENED?

HE IS ONE OF THOSE, WHO

I'M SURE A LOT OF LADIES CAN

ATTEST TO, ON AGAIN/OFF

AGAIN FOR SEVEN YEARS.

SHE SAID HE WANTED TO SEE

HOW IT FELT FOR ME TO TRY ON

ENGAGEMENT RINGS.

AND THEN IT ENDED UP NOT

TURNING INTO A PROPOSAL.

SO I WAS, LIKE, WOW YOU

HANDED ME A BEAUTIFULLY

WRAPPED BOX WITH NOTHING IN

ITMENT.

Wendy IT.

Wendy: HE WANTED TO SEE

HOW IT FELT?

EXACTLY, YES.

Wendy: UNBELIEVABLE.

AND YOU WERE ALSO IN AN

ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP.

TELL US WHAT HAPPENED

THERE.

AGAIN, IT WAS ONE OF

THOSE SEASONS OF LIFE WHERE

I WANDERED OFF THE PATH OF

WHERE I BELONGED.

AND AS YOU KNOW, WHEN WE DO

THAT, WE ENCOUNTER PEOPLE

WHO DON'T LONG IN OUR

LIVES.

AND AGAIN, IT WAS ANOTHER

ONE OF THOSE TIMES IN LIFE

WHERE I HAD TO ABSOLUTELY

HIT ROCK BOTTOM BEFORE I

REALIZED THAT I DIDN'T NEED

TO BE PUTTING MY SECURITY IN

THAT RELATIONSHIP, BUT IN

GOD.

BUT IT DID INSPIRE "THE

SINGLE WOMAN."

SO GOD TURNED IT INTO

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.

SO I HAVE NO REGRETS.

Wendy: DID YOU NOTICE

ANY RED FLAGS?

MR. "E" ACTUALLY STOOD ME

UP FOR OUR FIRST DATE SEVEN

YEARS AGO.

THAT IS A RED FLAG THE SIZE

OF YOUR DRESS.

AND I ALSO THINK JUST GUT

AND FEMALE INTUITION IS

REAL, LADIES.

LISTEN TO YOUR GUT.

IT NEVER STEERS YOU WRONG.

I SHOULD HAVE PROBABLY PAID

ATTENTION TO THOSE THINGS,

BUT I DID NOT AND I FORGED

AHEAD, AND HERE WE ARE SEVEN

YEARS LATER.

Wendy: THOSE RED FLAGS

ARE SO BIG AND SO RE RED IN

RETROSPECT, AREN'T THEY?

HINDSIGHT IS 20/20.

Wendy: HOW DID YOU

BECOME KNOWN AS "THE SINGLE

WOMAN."

SIMPLY BY ACCIDENT --

WEM, I WON'T SAY ACCIDENT, I

WAS ALWAYS THE PLAN.

I WANTED TO BE THE SINGLE

LADY.

I STARTED THE BLOG.

I HAD THE IDEA I WOULD BE

THE SINGLE LADY, AND THAT

NAME WAS TAKEN.

SO I CHOSE THE NAME "THE

SINGLE WOMAN," AND IT WAS

AVAILABLE, AND ABOUT A MONTH

LATER I CAME OUT IN THE

PARKING GARAGE AND NOTICED

THE FIRST THREE LETTERS OF

MY LICENSE PLATE WERE

T.S.W., THE SINGLE WOMAN.

AND THAT'S, LIKE, GOD KNOWS

WHO WE ARE BEFORE WE FIGURE

IT OUT.

Wendy: WHAT WOULD YOU

SAY TO WOMEN WHO ARE LONGING

TO BE IN A RELATIONSHIP AND

TO BE MARRIED?

I WOULD SAY KEEP THE

FAITH.

SINGLE LIFE IS NOT FOR THE

FAINT OF HEART.

I WOULD SAY KEEP THE FAITH

BECAUSE GOD HAS A PLAN.

TRUST IN HIS TIMING.

YOU DON'T WANT THAT PERSON

TO COME BEFORE YOU'RE READY

FOR HIM.

IN THE MEANTIME, WORK ON

BECOMING THE BEST WOMAN YOU

CAN BE.

Wendy: I KNOW, BECAUSE

I HAVE A NEW BOOK OUT, THIS

IS A VERY EXCITING TIME FOR

YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE ON A BOOK

TOUR ALL OVER THE COUNTRY IN

A BUS.

IN AN R.V., YES.

MY DEAR FRIEND AND I ARE

GOING TO BE TIGE TOURING

THE COUNTRY, ENCOURAGING AND

INSPIRING WOMEN.

AND WE CLOSE THE TOUR AT

LAKEWOOD.

Wendy: MANDY, IT IS SO

GREAT TO SEE YOU, AND YOUR

BOOK IS TERRIFIC, "I'VE

NEVER BEEN TO VEGAS, BUT MY

LUGGAGE HAS."

IT IS AVAILABLE WHEREVER

BOOKS ARE SOLD.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

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