From The Beacon: Need dating help? There's a book for that
All of us look for love, but finding it can be tricky. This is when "What Southern Women Know About Flirting: The Fine Art of Social, Courtship, and Seductive Flirting to Get the Best Things in Life" by Ronda Rich will come in handy. Fun to read and filled with practical advice on using flirting for everything from getting out of tickets to exchanging numbers with the man of your dreams, this book is sure to make the search for that special someone just a little more fun.
Of course, even after you've found that love you've always dreamed of, it doesn't always mean smooth sailing. "My Heartbeat" by Garret Freymann-Weyr tells the story of a tumultuous love triangle between Ellen, her brother Link and his best friend James. Ellen is in love with James, but fears that James and Link might be romantic. This is a story of finding love, confronting sexual identity and trying to forge new relationships while keeping the old ones strong. If you've ever been frustrated with a relationship that has gotten too complicated, you will definitely relate to "My Heartbeat."
When you are trying to understand your relationship, it helps if you can get inside the other person's mind, which is when "Guys Are Waffles, Girls Are Spaghetti" by Chad Eastham will come in handy. Written from a Christian perspective with plenty of humor and scientific research, this book provides a look into how men and women think about the opposite sex. Guys tend to compartmentalize and view things one at a time in little boxes -- like waffles -- while girls will let one thought flow into the next until everything is jumbled together like a plate of spaghetti. In the war of the sexes, understanding can be the best ammunition.
So you've flirted your way into a great relationship and you understand how he thinks, but maybe things still aren't going right. "Why Can't You Shut Up?: How We Ruin Relationships -- How Not To" by Anthony Wolf will help you figure out when talking is more damaging than staying silent. According to the book, all of us have a "baby self" that requires immediate gratification and can make arguments spiral out of control, causing hurt feelings and failed relationships. Learning how to stick to a topic and not fall prey to the demands of the "baby self" will help you keep your relationship running smoothly.
What happens, though, when things get rough and your partner turns to someone else to make a connection? Worse yet, what happens when your partner is in the public eye and the whole world knows of your personal suffering and heartbreak? That's what Jenny Sanford's book, "Staying True," is all about. It is the story of her husband's public betrayal and her decision to not be a victim, but to stay true to her own moral code in order to be a role model for her four sons. Written with candor and honesty, this memoir will help you decide your own course of action when the road to romance has grown too rocky.