When it comes to the game of love, everyone strikes out from
time to time. And some people feel they can't even figure out the rules.
Luckily, author Trina Boice, who is a member of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and her oldest son, who she dubs,
"Coach Cooper," a recent Brigham Young University graduate, are here
to help with the book "Base Hits and Home Run Relationships: What Women
Wish Guys Knew."
This baseball-themed book about dating and relationships,
including marriage and pleasantly passes along solid advice and gentle humor,
whether the reader just needs a few pointers on improving that batting average
or relationship, or the opposite sex seems to be playing a whole different
Each chapter contains Trina Boice's introduction, a baseball
comic, Coach Cooper's input, advice for women titled "A League of Their
Own" and four activities at the end, with varying levels of difficulty
noted by a single, a double, a triple and a home run. In one of the chapters,
the double is talking to a woman the man previous doesn't know, the triple is
talking to a woman who usually isn't the guy's type, and home run is asking a
woman out who he feels is out of his league.
The baseball analogy gets a little cheesy, of course, but it
shows that this book does not take itself too seriously, preventing the
preachiness that pervades too many self-help books. It was also refreshing to
get both young and old and male and female perspectives. The activities really
set this book apart. The single, double, triple and home run options allow
readers to progress at their own pace, but add specificity to what had to be a
rather generic book.
Many, many dating books exist. However, the beauty of "Base
Hits and Home Run Relationships" is that it does not become obsolete at
any point of the dating process — even after marriage. The authors share
reminders that the core of any home run relationship at any age is the right
balance of selflessness and self-respect.
"Base Hits and Home Run Relationships" is primarily
aimed at LDS men, but there are sections targeted at women. It would be a great
resource for men or women looking to improve their interpersonal skills.
Teenage boys and new husbands especially will find some valuable information in
There is no sexual content, foul language or violence in this
Chipman graduated with a bachelor's degree in family life and human
development. Her current goals are to read more, to write more and to learn to
type while holding her infant daughter. Her email firstname.lastname@example.org