Parrotts get it right with ‘dating’ book

Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, authors of “ Dating,” held an annual event in Centennial Chapel on Feb. 7 called “Date Night.” The evening seminar looked at the laughs and woes of marriage and guests received “ Dating” in gift bags on their seats.

By Autumn Keiss

On a campus obsessed with relationships, it can be easy for single people to feel lost in the crowd. And when that campus educates less than 4,000 students, Mr. or Mrs. Right may not be attending.

But searching for the perfect someone among the crowds is no longer the only option.

“ Dating: Finding Your Right Someone Online” by Les and Leslie Parrott explores one popular alternative to the more traditional way of finding the one: online dating.
“ Dating” targets single Christians who are serious about their faith and interested in joining the more than 32 million Americans who date online.

In simple and engaging language, the Parrotts explore the 6 myths about dating online, 6 ways to know if you should try it and the 5 questions to ask beforehand. They use convincing arguments, engaging examples, and documented studies as well.

For instance, most chapters contain quotes online dating site users and experts.

While the variety of sources help the Parrott’s, it is easy to wonder if the authors fabricated some of the examples.

The book also relies on simple arguments. The Parrott’s explain online dating sites are better than their free counterparts by using logic. They defend the idea with facts: people who are paying for an online dating service are more likely to be searching for a long term commitment, and paid services eliminate inactive accounts.

Each chapter of the book ends with words of advice, ranging from how to choose a profile picture to how to overcome depression. The book also provides Christian wisdom, without becoming “preachy.”

Though its 139 pages seem overwhelming, the book can easily be read in about two to three hours. The short chapters make it easy to skim for a few minutes before going to sleep or running to class.

While the Parrott’s book is short and written well, it becomes repetitive. Readers should see the table of contents and pick out what most interests them instead of reading the entire book.

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