If I’m out of practice, I need to get “in” practice and this should help force me to do just that. So I’m signing up with an online service this week, a course of action Dr. Cloud recommends in his book. The good doctor also encourages singles to “check your expectations at the door” when dating, and I’m going to do my best. For starters, I’m also throwing out my list of what I want in a guy. We all have types we think are right for us, but if my way isn’t working, I guess I need to be open to other options and accept that God just might know better what I need than I do.

In other words, while I may be drawn to those scruffy, soulful, artistic types with a Jeopardy-like knowledge of pop culture trivia, there’s a possibility I could have a future with a businessman who can’t name the manager from “The Partridge Family” or quote lines from “Waiting for Guffman.” Hey, stranger things have happened.


Wendy Lee Nentwig is a freelance writer and editor in Nashville, Tennessee. When not covering music from Beck to Bebo Norman, she collects old metal sign letters, laughs at the cartoon series "Home Movies," marvels at the talent of writers like Rick Bragg and David Sedaris, and is a connoisseur of fountain Cokes. Her favorite part of being single is never having to share the remote.

"How to Get a Date Worth Keeping" is authored by   Dr. Henry Cloud and recently released from  Zondervan Publishers.  Based on over ten years of personally coaching singles on dating, Dr. Henry Cloud shares his proven, very doable, step-by-step approach to overcoming your sticking points and getting all the dates you could want.



Read the second article in this Singles series, "The Best Laid Plans," here.