Finding your love match can be difficult in the real world and the world of online dating. Take a cue from these books to find and keep everlasting love.
“Meeting Your Match: Navigating the Minefield of Online Dating” by Daisy Buchanan (Trade Paperback, Carlton Books Ltd., 2015, 208 pages, $11.12).
This dating guide for the digital age mixes humor, frank advice and practical information, plus a healthy touch of irreverence.
Aimed at 20- to 30-something females, Meeting Your Match details the different “personalities” of the various sites and explains how to create a compelling profile, interpret others’ profiles, write messages, spot time-wasters and weirdos and stay safe.
“Love Cycles: The Five Essential Stages of Lasting Love” by Linda Carroll (Trade Paperback, New World Library, 2014, 248 pages, $14.95).
Veteran couples therapist Linda Carroll presents a groundbreaking model of the five natural stages of romantic relationships—the Merge, Doubt and Denial, Disillusionment, Decision, and Wholehearted Love—and a guide for navigating through them toward lasting love.
Love Cycles helps readers understand where they are in the cycle of their relationship and provides a clear strategy for how to stay happy and committed, even in difficult times.
“Single, Shy, and Looking for Love: A Dating Guide for the Shy and Socially Anxious” by Shannon Kolakowski, Psy.D. (Trade Paperback, New Harbinger Publications, 2014, 208 pages, $16.95).
Presenting values-based techniques to help shy singles get “in the game.” By learning to stay focused in the present moment, you’ll arm yourself against the catastrophic thoughts that cause you to buckle under pressure. Confidence often is considered one of the most attractive qualities a man or woman can have, and social confidence will take you far.
“The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage” by Rob & Kristen Bell (Hardcover, HarperOne, 2014, 160 pages, $24.99).
Rob and Kristen Bell are brutally honest about their own struggles. In this book of wisdom, they explore the secret of what makes a happy union—probing the mystery at the heart of the extraordinary emotional connection that binds two people. With his down-to-earth charm, a dose of whimsy and memorable stories, Rob, with his wife, Kristen, changes how we consider marriage, providing insight that can help all of us create satisfying and sacred unions.
“The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction” by Larry Young, Ph.D., and Brian Alexander (Trade Paperback, Current Trade, 2014, 320 pages, $16).
How much control do we have over love? Much less than we like to think. All that mystery, all that poetry, all those complex behaviors surrounding human bonding leading to the most life-changing decisions we’ll ever make, are unconsciously driven by a few molecules in our brains.
Books provided by the Stark County District Library, www.starklibrary.org