Monday, August 31, 2020

Review: "The Grown Woman's Guide to Online Dating" by Margot Starbuck

Online dating ... an area I've dipped a toe into once or twice but haven't done seriously in years. So I was intrigued when I heard about The Grown Woman's Guide to Online Dating ... and I also had to remind myself that reading a book wouldn't obligate me to get back out there!

Does the thought of joining a dating site invoke feelings of fear and anxiety—or, worse, insecurity or unworthiness? If so, then The Grown Woman’s Guide to Online Dating is the book for you. With practical advice about how these sites work, what to expect, and when to join and quit, along with proven tips for making the most of them, The Grown Woman’s Guide equips readers with all they need to take the plunge.

Four years after an unexpected divorce, bestselling writer and funny lady Margot Starbuck found herself venturing into the unknown waters of online dating. What she discovered surprised her—and changed her. With her signature sharp wit and a solid biblical foundation, Margot shares what she learned, including how to:
  • determine which sites are best and what to expect;
  • write a first message that is most likely to get a response;
  • avoid common pitfalls in creating your profile; and
  • live out the truth that you are God’s beloved.
So dive into embracing your true value and drawing closer to God even in the midst of fear and questions. Because whatever your endgame might be, richness awaits. Margot promises, “You got this, girl!”

“Gives you concrete steps for dating well, from the beginning to the end, all while reminding you just how loved you already are.”—Chrystal Evans Hurst, bestselling author and speaker

“With humor, wisdom, and practical answers, Margot’s heart and voice shine through this book, and I can’t wait to send it to my single friends!” —Bianca Juarez Olthoff, pastor, speaker, and author of the bestselling How to Have Your Life Not Suck

This. Book. Is. Perfect.

(At least it's perfect for someone like me: approaching 40, overwhelmed by all.of.the.options, a little terrified of getting back out there.)

The last time I "tried" online dating (and I use quotation marks because my last several attempts have been halfhearted at best), I wished for a how-to guide that would walk me through the process. Google sort of helped, but I still felt pretty lost. The Grown Woman's Guide to Online Dating is exactly what I was looking for!

Full of humor and practical advice, this book is basically a step-by-step guide to online dating. As I read, I recognized things I'd done "wrong" in the past, and I quickly learned things that might make me more successful. Only God knows if online dating will ever lead me to a husband, but I definitely feel more prepared for the next time I decide to get back out there. 5 stars.

Buy the book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Thomas Nelson
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Margot Starbuck is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author, writing teacher, and speaker. She earned a masters of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s from Westmont College. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her three fabulous teenagers, in a community built around friends with disabilities. Learn more at

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. I think dating now is just a LOT different so I think anyone would need some kind of a guide! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours

    1. Right? It's so different now with all the apps and swiping right and left and hookup culture ... glad to have this book!


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