Wednesday, April 20, 2011

" dating" by les & leslie parrott

Confession time: I've tried online dating. As I'm still single, it obviously hasn't worked out that well for me--but that's a post for another day! Still, I believe it can work, and I don't have to look any further than my college roomie Jen for proof. She and her husband Josh should be e-Harmony's poster children--they really are the "perfect match"!

When Tyndale offered me the chance to read dating, I was eager to see what it was all about. Would I learn something, or would it be a rehashing of all that I'd learned from my previous forays into the world of internet dating?

The answer leans heavily toward the latter. Now, I'm not saying the Parrotts don't give good advice--they do--but most of what they cover I already knew. Still, they offer a good reminder: It's not "weird" or "desperate" to utilize online dating sites. In fact, it makes sense, especially if you live somewhere somewhat remote (as I do). Also, they stress the importance of keeping friends and family in the loop as far as your online dating experience goes--that's something I didn't do well the first time around because I was embarrassed to let people know, fearing they'd think I was desperate.

I don't think someone who has experience in the world of online dating needs to read this book. However, I would recommend it for the person who wants to try online dating but is hesitant, or for the friends and family members of people who are trying online dating--because in my experience, those are the people who still question the validity of looking for love online.

One more thing--if you're looking to buy this book, you should know that the Parrotts have just started their own online dating site, Knowing that, this book can read like one long commercial for their site, and in a way it is--but that doesn't invalidate the advice they give. Also, if you sign up now, you get a free copy of this book. Obviously, I already have the book, but I'm thinking about signing up. If I do, I'll let you know!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from Tyndale House Publishers. 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."

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