Thursday, September 26, 2013

Review: 10 Great Dates by:Larson/Arp

10 Great Dates: Connecting Faith, Love & Marriage
About the Book:
Finally, a Way to Connect Spiritually That You'll BOTH Enjoy!
While juggling the kids, work, church, and community commitments, are you and your spouse finding time to connect? When was the last time you had a good talk about faith or did a devotional together?
To help you jump-start deeper connections, four marriage experts have come up with 10 creative date ideas, each centered on a spiritual theme, including
Appreciating your differences
Experiencing God together
Facing the storms of life
Connecting through prayer
With the planning taken care of--including flexible suggestions for before, during, and after the date--you and your spouse can simply enjoy the time sharing what's important in life.
Download a free leader's guide for small groups at 10greatdates.org.


About the Authors:
Peter and Heather Larson do premarital counseling, speaking events, and marriage education together in a variety of settings. Peter is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-developed the customized version of the widely used PREPARE/ENRICH couples assessment tool. Heather is associate director of Marriage Alive. Married for 17 years, the Larsons have three school-aged children and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Coauthors David and Claudia Arp, founders of Marriage Alive, have written more than 30 books. Their 10 Great Dates seminar is popular across the U.S. and internationally. Frequently appearing in national media, the Arps have been married nearly 50 years and live in Great Falls, Virginia. Learn more at www.marriagealive.com.

My Review:
 There's nothing more refreshing then getting up every morning and facing my husband with a smile. A smile- because I know we are "ok". After being together for 22 years and 19 of those married, things can get a little stale to say the least. Then add to that the challenges of every day life and time alone can get to be a thing of the past especially since we have four children.

 The authors of 10 Great Dates have put together a plethora of information designed to keep your love alive and it all starts with these basic principles:

Appreciating your differences
Experiencing God together
Facing the storms of life
Connecting through prayer


 This book takes the guess work out of it all so much so that the authors have added suggestions for before, during, and after the date as well. If we don't connect spiritually first we really are tending to do everything in vain. This book is the "go to" book for this area of your marriage.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Bethany House Publishers.