Sunday, February 9, 2014

Love is in the air - and in the stacks!

Valentine’s Day is here again! 

People who are just falling in love hardly need to be reminded to pay attention to their beloved, but some of us in longer term relationships might need a little reminding. A strong loving relationship can provide a foundation that allows us to grow individually but, when we get caught up in our own personal growth, we sometimes take for granted the love that supports us.  Here are a few authors offering some tips on how to sustain and benefit from a loving relationship and how to understand and transform a relationship in trouble.

In "Renew Your Marriage at Midlife" Steve and Cathy Brody explain that midlife can be one of the most dangerous periods in a relationship.  The Brody's are marriage counselors who bring a lifetime of experience to bear in this lively and engaging book.  They  share informative and sometimes comical anecdotes from their own lives and from the lives of those they have helped 

In “Why Talking Is Not Enough” Susan Page focuses on actions that transform relationships.  She notes that it is easy to talk about what the other person is or isn't doing to cause a relationship to suffer.  She would have us leave aside the blame and analysis and show by our own actions that we love the other person. 

A Natural History of Love” by Diane Ackerman gives us a look at the scientific side of intimacy.  She explores the historical, cultural, religious and biological roots of love. There are many interesting surprises in this book by a woman who is both a poet and a scientist.  

In “Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself be Loved” Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt assert that it is harder for some of us to let ourselves be loved than it is for us to offer love to others. They suggest that unraveling this problem holds the key to forming loving relationships that last.  

Stop by the Warrenton Library's Valentine's Day book display February 14- February 22. Be sure to check out other material in the collection - from popular love stories on DVDs, to love poetry to books about relationship management.  

And, of course, reach out to those you love on Valentine’s Day.    

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