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Most men don't know how to date their wives. They did it before, but they've forgotten how, or they're trying but it just doesn't seem to be working. Justin Buzzard helps men re-learn this all-important skill from a position of security in the gospel of grace. As a father of three boys and husband to a very happy wife, Justin offers guys a helping hand, good news, and wise counsel.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1433531356
ISBN-13: 9781433531354
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An intensely practical guide for husbands looking to strengthen, save, or spice up their marriage and pursue their wives from a place of security in the gospel.

Author Bio

Justin Buzzard (MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary) is founder and lead pastor of Garden City Church in Silicon Valley. Buzzard is the author of Date Your Wife, writes about culture and the church at JustinBuzzard.net, speaks widely, and is part of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network. He resides in Silicon Valley with his wife, Taylor, and their three young sons.

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Hey, husbands—do you want to recapture that romantic spark you felt early on in your marriage? Buzzard, a popular author, speaker, and a pastor in Silicon Valley, offers advice to married men on wooing their wives in the same way they did during courtship. He posits that “dating your wife” implies taking initiative in the relationship; not getting lazy; treating your wife with respect and dignity; and remembering the fascination that drew you to her initially. This is all helpful advice, especially for younger couples whose “honeymoon effect” is fading. But this also comes with a particular religious worldview. Lest one think that a marriage is between two parties, however, the author makes clear that he believes the best and most successful unions are God-centered. This may make sense to some; other potential readers will find the author’s conservative Christian theology arguable. His belief that Adam and Eve were historical figures and the first married couple will lose credibility with all but ardent Christian conservatives. At other points, the author’s tone is condescending and close to sexist. Still, the practical advice, such as that offered in the appendix with 100 ideas for dating your wife, could be a positive catalyst toward a healthy marriage for all who want more advice than theology. (June) 2012 Reed Business Information

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  1. PreachdaTruth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Title is Deceiving, but still a decent book.
    June 24, 2012
    PreachdaTruth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    For about a month or so I had been hearing some really good things about this book called Date Your Wife written by Justin Buzzard. So, when I had the chance to review it I jumped right on it. The book itself is not a very difficult read by any stretch of the imagination. There are times it can be quite difficult for me to read, and with this book I read it in a matter of several hours.

    Over the last several years I have read a handful of different books on the topic of marriage. This book is not one of my favorites, but I also don't have any ill will towards its. For me the title of the book came across as a bit deceiving. I also had a hard time with the way he tried to force Genesis 2:15 as a full out mandate for men to take care of My wife at times has called me highlighter happy and with this book I did not make my first markings until page 32, and then from there they were slightly sporadic. While I appreciate his candor in telling us that the problems in our marriages begin with us as men. The mantra he says of the book is this "_if you want to change the marriage, change the man." (pg 39)

    He also breaks the book up into four different parts the good, the bad, the new, and the perfect. At the end of each chapter he has a section he calls Take Action where he tries to ask you penetrating questions or give you some things to do. One of the best things he did was from page 105 to about 108 was layout or show you in writing what it looks like to try and get time with your wife and how to setup your own "Air War" his terms not mine. The best thing you can come away from this book with is to be proactive in pursing your wife.

    Would I run to every man on the street and tell him to read this book, maybe. Are there some men who need this book more than others? In my opinion yes. Buzzard, does a good job in making sure that he tells his readers that where you are screwing up is because its what you have tried to do in your own power. However, there is hope and it comes through Jesus Christ and what he has done for the world.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion from Crossway Publishers. I did not have to give a favorable review and the thoughts expressed in this review are my own.
  2. Dave Jenkins
    Caldwell, Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Will help revitalize marriages around the Gospel
    June 16, 2012
    Dave Jenkins
    Caldwell, Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I remember when my wife and I got married five and a half years ago that we got many gifts from family and friends, but the one gift that meant the most to us wasn't something we would use for cooking or furniture or anything else. Instead the gift that meant the most to us was words written on a card given to us by an older married couple from one of my wife's relatives. On the card with words directed towards me it said, "Dave find Sarah in the kitchen or around the house and give her a hug and a kiss." While that advice may be simple the point behind what this relative was saying was something I have learned through being married: my wife loves it when I seek her out and pursue her (especially spontaneously). As I read Date Your Wife, I followed Pastor Buzzard's advice and decided whether it's an evening out or a day in, I was going to be more intentional to date my wife and pursue her.

    My first date with my wife was a day out on the town in Seattle, Washington. That day (over six years ago) we walked around the waterfront, went to Pike Place Market and then walked around downtown Seattle. I was already in love with my now wife Sarah, but that day cemented in my mind that I was going to marry my wife. Since I already knew where I was going to propose to my wife, I took my wife back to the place of our first date and then asked her to be my wife on one of the Piers on the waterfront in downtown Seattle. Thankfully she said, "Yes" and we got married February 18th, 2007. Marrying my wife Sarah has been the best decision of my life as she is truly my best friend and the greatest gift outside of my salvation that God has given me.

    Date Your Wife by Pastor Justin Buzzard is a biblical theology of marriage. The book has four sections: The good, the bad, the new, and the perfect all tracing the story of Scripture. The focus of this book is on men taking responsibility for loving their wives because of all Christ has done for them in His death, burial and resurrection. Justin like any good Pastor seeks to help men understand not only their responsibility as husbands but also how the Gospel provides the solution to their sin and empowers them through the work of the Holy Spirit to be godly husbands and witnesses for Jesus Christ.

    I recommend every man read Date Your Wife. In fact, I believe that Date Your Wife will help men revitalize okay marriages, good marriages and great marriages by helping them see where they need to not only improve but also better pursue and love their wives by the grace of God. Whether you are newly married or have been married for fifty or sixty years, every man needs to read Date Your Wife to not just understand what the Bible teaches on marriage but how we as Christian men are to love our wives as "Christ loved the Church and gave himself up for her" (Ephesians 5:25).

    Title: Date Your Wife

    Author: Justin Buzzard

    Publisher: Crossway (2012)

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 10 Publishing book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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