4 Stars Out Of 5
A Single Parent's Guide to New Relatioships
February 18, 2011
richard r blake
Age: Over 65
"Love, Dating, and Relationships: Finding Love in All the Right Places" is a proactive guide in which Shea Cooke openly talks about her personal journey in the pursuit of healing and the process for finding freedom to date, rediscover trust and to allow herself to love again.
The format of the book is attractive and inviting highlighting key ideas, with thought provoking review questions ("Catch the Drift?") These questions allow for introspection and are designed to help the reader resolve regrets, to set realistic expectations, and to restructuring wholeness. Another series of questions titled "Below the Surface" help the reader record and recognize their progress as the result of reading and applying the principles gleaned from the narrative.
Using personal experiences as well as stories from the lives of others as examples Cooke details important lessons that will help the reader avoid the pitfalls and unnecessary heartache experienced by so many. Shea stresses the need to accept personal responsibility for the results of mistakes in judgment and of the importance forgiveness plays in finding freedom and healing.
A wealth of additional resources for future further reading is given through the end notes following each chapter.
Cooke's writing is warm, compelling, humorous, and encouraging.
"The Single Parent's Guide to Love, Dating, and Relationships" should be available for counseling by pastors as well as professional and lay counselors. It is an excellent guide for every individual faced with the challenge of "single parenting."
As Reviewed for Midwest Book Review