1. 52 Uncommon Ways to Unwind Together: A Couple's Guide to Relaxing, Refreshing, and De-Stressing
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    52 Uncommon Ways to Unwind Together: A Couple's Guide to Relaxing, Refreshing, and De-Stressing
    Randy Southern
    Moody Publishers / 2020 / Trade Paperback
    $7.99 Retail: $9.99 Save 20% ($2.00)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    not as expected but still wonderful resourcd
    January 24, 2020
    danni
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I had the opportunity to read Randy Southern's 52 Uncommon Family Adventures book and absolutely loved it. The amount of creative ideas provided were great and so motivational. He also has another book titled 52 Uncommon Dates. I have not read this book as of yet but because the Family Adventures book was so great I thought I'd take a chance on this one as well.

    Unfortunately, it wasn't exactly what I expected. When the title indicates "unwind"ing together, I would think most couples would see that as unique ways to chill with each other at home after work or whatever else it may be. Things are not difficult and don't cost money. There were some options scattered throughout the book that fit this concept, but a majority of the options provided seemed more like dates that needed to be planned out and potentially cost money.

    The book begins with an introduction from Gary Chapman, author of the famous 5 Love Languages book. It also provides a very brief synopsis of the 5 love languages to take note of while going through the book.

    Each unwinding option is presented in the following structure:

    - Going the Extra Mile: provides basic idea for unwinding together

    - Making it Work for You: gives practical suggestions on where to start with the idea

    - Speaking the Right Language: discusses the love language the idea speaks and how to incorporate it into your personal marriage relationship if it is or is not you or your spouse's specific love language

    - Weaving the Third Strand: discusses ways to bring the idea into a triangle by adding Christ into the equation.

    Although the book wasn't exactly as I expected and was slightly disappointing in that aspect, it still does provide a lot of great ideas for dates and other wonderful ways to connect with your spouse.

    I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    3 impressions
    January 24, 2020
    Cheryl
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    My 3 impressions of this book:

    The Good: I love the idea of a fun, spiritual guide for couples to spend time together. I feel this book is geared toward outgoing couples who crave creative and novel activities to do together. Some examples I found interesting are:

    *Making your own video to 'Singin' in the Rain.'

    *Ask friends/family for videos of their vacation spots

    * Invite an elderly widow(er) to dinner with you

    The Bad: I'm a private person, and introverted, so I found only a few things that might appeal to me and my spouse. And most of these activities and prompts seem to be the opposite of relaxing or 'unwinding.' In fact, many of them take a lot of preparation. I feel "52 Ways for Couples to Spend Time Together" would be a more appropriate title.

    The Sweet: I love the spiritual aspect of this book, its basis on the five love languages, and that it is neatly organized. Each of the 52 ideas have a cohesive plan, and my favorite part is the "Weaving the Third Strand" sections, where Scripture verses are introduced and questions couples can contemplate.

    Overall, I think this book is suitable for couples who want to get out of their comfort zones and experience things they normally wouldn't. I, personally, would rather do things with my spouse that are more relaxing and routine.

    I received a complimentary copy from the MPNews blogger program and was under no obligation to post a positive review.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    52 Uncommon Ways to Unwind Together
    December 18, 2019
    Anonymous
    Inside this gem are 52 ideas for date night. Some are romantic, some are for fun and some are sentimental. All of them are purposed to build togetherness and intimacy. What I appreciated the most was that each date suggestion is accompanied by Scriptures and questions that build your relationship. It's wonderful book to add to your shelves for I can be referred to again and again.
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