Sunday, June 7, 2015

52 Uncommon Dates: A Couples Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing and Staying Together-Book Review


Back Cover Reads:
"52 Uncommon Dates. Fun, Creative, and Spiritually Engaging...these are no ordinary dates!
Have you ever tried a photography date A water date? What about a second first date?
51 Uncommon Dates is more than a book...it's an experience! Each date will set the scene for you and walk you through making it happen. Learn how to practically speak each other's love language, incorporate prayer in ways that are natural and relevant to real life, and finish strong with questions that help keep the conversation alive. You can even dig deeper to discover Bible passages that fit the theme of each date.
Ignite prayerful and playful connections in ways that deepen the relational, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your relationship-one date at a time."

With access to blogs and Pinterest it's easy to find lists of date ideas. Seeing this book, I thought it'd be a repeat of everything already out there, essentially a waste of money.
I'm so pleased to say I was wrong!
This easy to read 223 page book is amazing! 
Taken from the introduction:
"...Dating is viewed as a prelude to marriage. It was important, it served its purpose, but now it's time to get serious about life. It is this kind of reasoning that leads couples ti forget that their relationship with each other is what marriage is all about.....Dating is to marriage what breathing is to the body....The choice to date communicates the message, "I still love you. I still enjoy being with you. I'm glad I married you." 
Unlike some books, I suggest reading the introduction. 
Each date contains the Title (the dates theme), Words to grow on (bible verses in text), Set the scene (what this dates about), Make it happen (instructions), Finish strong (questions to start a discussion), Mind your language (using Gary Chapman's Love Language-offers advise for certain love languages), Take it to God (before your date use some of the suggestions given), and Dig Deep (grab your bible and delve deeper into Gods word with these bible versus).
This book offers great idea ranging from normal (but still loads of fun) to creative and unique. This book is definitely a great way to break up the mundane date night and get you out of a rut! Unlike some books, this would be great for both newly weds and going on 25 years couples. 
One thing I should note, though the cover bears Gary Chapman's name, he wrote the introduction and the book works close to his Love Language book (i.e the Mind Your Language part of each date), the book is actually written by Randy Southern; so I feel bad his name isn't on the cover or even spine of this great book.

If you're married, this book is worth the purchase! My parents are actually planning on doing it like a devotional-working there way through the book.

"I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review."
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