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fanning the flame of your marriage.
January 4, 2014
I would recommend this handy little book to pretty much everyone. Greg and Erin bring their knowledge, humor and experience in this book, in an effort to give you and your special someone a resource to reignite that "dating" feeling. Do you remember how you used to feel when you started dating? It's never to late to spend the time and effort to reconnect. This handy resource is high quality inside and out. As a pastor this would make a great gift for couples anniversaries. 52 different ideas gets you through the entire year, and you will be glad you made the investment. Each "date" has a story, an activity and questions to get you talking the way you used to. I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers to review. I am thankful for this resource and help for marriages.
The Little Book of Great Dates is filled with 52 fun, creative ideas for affordable dates to help strengthen your marriage. It's a beautiful gift book--little in size but great in content! It aims to help couples be intentional about deepening their relationship, connect with each other more intimately and more frequently, know each other better, enjoy new, exciting activities together, and discover that dating your spouse is tons of fun. Think of dates as investments with great benefits for your marriage relationship.
The beginning of the book talks about why marital dating is so important. The rest of the book shows readers how to get it done. Some of my favorite ideas are #10 making the "cherish list" (a list of the things you value about your spouse); #12 viewing your dates as opportunities to invite God into your activities...to connect spiritually as a couple; for example, volunteering at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter or going for a hike & admiring God's handiwork in nature; #13 reminiscing the early years of your relationship and revisiting the places you visited during your dating or courtship; #18 working on some house projects together to beautify your home and build happy memories at the same time; and #41 serving in your community together (the authors offer several ideas/activities for readers to choose from). The book also covers date plans for special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, New Year's Eve, Christmas, and milestones. Want intimacy, excitement, and fun in your marriage? Need to rekindle your romance? Check out this book and then put the ideas into action! I'm looking forward to trying these ideas out with my beloved husband soon.
""Cherishing" is an attitude that involves recognizing your mate's inherent value. "Nourishing," on the other hand, is an action in which you treat your spouse in ways that show you value him or her." (p.33)
~Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Dating shouldn't end when you get married. I love all the fun and very creative date ideas you can find in this little book. What you'll find here are different themes, such as holidays (New Year's, Valentine's), special anniversaries, being community-minded, and even double dates! When you've been married a long time (15 years for us), the dates can get a little boring. We usually just go out to dinner and then the grocery store! I can use a little help!
Each of the 52 Date ideas begins with a quote, an explanation of the theme, the activity choices, and questions. Here's an example: The "We're a Team" Date has you going to a karaoke club and singing a duet together, taking ballroom dancing lessons, or hosting a game night with other couples where each married couple works together as a team. Then there are some questions you can discuss together such as, "What are some famous teams you admire? What about these famous teams is inspiring? What are some practical steps we can take to ensure that we're always working as a team?"
Or here's the "Sprucing Up the Nest" date: Do a project around the house together such as painting a room, putting up wallpaper, or installing carpet. "Turn what could be a mundane chore or looming responsibility into a fun chance to connect." And there are questions to discuss for this date, too-"What special memories do you have of your living space as a child? How important is our home environment now to creating good memories for us and our children?"
I've already gotten so many new ideas for my husband and me to try: playing laser tag, composing music, or taking a cooking class! I'm going to keep this little book handy and refer to it often as we enter our next 15 years of marriage!
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in order to write this honest review.)
Just because you're married doesn't mean you stop dating. Yes, you may be busy. But it's vitally important to your marriage for you to connect with your spouse on a deeper level than just kissing goodbye as they leave for work.
Dr. Greg Smalley and his wife Erin have put together a purse-sized (or glove compartment sized) book of 52 fun dates. One for each week of the year. Each date has a theme with suggested activities and conversation starters. The dates don't take long, but you have to be intentional about it.
My husband and I try and date when we can. It's hard to find the time when he's busy with school and work and I teach the kids (homeschool). But it's so worth the time and effort because you come away from it with a better understanding of your spouse.
If you struggle with date ideas (like me) or if you want something to guide you toward a deeper relationship with your spouse, the "Little Book of Great Dates" is a pretty good place to start.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.