Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review: 10 Great Dates

!0 Great Dates: Connecting Faith, Love & Marriage
Peter & Heather Larson and David & Claudia Arp
Bethany House, 2013
English, 176 pages


Finally, a Way to Connect Spiritually That You'll BOTH Enjoy!
While juggling the kids, work, church, and community commitments, are you and your spouse finding time to connect? When was the last time you had a good talk about faith or did a devotional together?

To help you jump-start deeper connections, four marriage experts have come up with 10 creative date ideas, each centered on a spiritual theme, including:
  • Appreciating your differences
  • Experiencing God together
  • Facing the storms of life
  • Connecting through prayer

With the planning taken care of--including flexible suggestions for before, during, and after the date--you and your spouse can simply enjoy the time sharing what's important in life.

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This is a good book. Even if you can't get the dates themselves done (we don't have a babysitter at this time, so we did the "dates" in evenings after kids went to bed) you can use the book as a devotional book and a guide to reconnecting with your spouse.

Each date has a chapter to read, questions for personal reflection, tear-out pages to take with you on your date for discussion and a follow-up devotion for the week.

It sounds like the authors are going to give you date ideas, but they're more general then specific. They sound like it's more of a dinner or coffee house date setting. The whole point is to facilitate conversation, so a movie date really wouldn't be what you would do anyway.

I like that each date has follow up devotions and questions. I know a lot of the time we talk a lot about something and then have questions later but don't get around to asking them. Setting aside a private devotion time together will really help with this.

I received a copy of the book from Bethany House in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

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