Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Review: The Little Book of Great Dates by Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley

Do you and your husband have regular scheduled dates? My husband and I don't but wish we could :). However, we're thankful that this year we have had 2 different weekend getaways at the beach. We had a fabulous time! 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 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.

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