Sunday, September 15, 2013

10 Great Dates by Larson & Arp

How well do you know your spouse?  How satisfied are you with your relationship?

"10 Great Dates" by couples Peter & Heather Larson and David & Claudia Arp explore the concept of how rewarding a marriage is with the relationship between spiritual closeness and emotional closeness in marriages.  These two couples come from different places in their life journeys to help couples gain a new level of intimacy in their marriages through "10 great dates".

Before the dates, you and your spouse each would read a chapter in the book that focuses on these topics:
  1. Connecting faith an love;
  2. Appreciating your differences;
  3. Experiencing God together;
  4. Getting into the Word;
  5. Loving your closest neighbor (not those that live next door...);
  6. Talking together with God;
  7. Building your marriage on a strong foundation;
  8. Facing the storms of life together;
  9. Guarding your hearts under God's canopy;
  10. Making your marriage a lighthouse.
During the "date", you each have an opportunity to answer questions on conveniently provided questionnaires that stimulate a deeper level of conversation than what most of us share unless we are truly being purposeful.

Although my husband and I have not yet gone on our first "date", I will say that it does take a commitment from both parties.  One cannot cram this idea down the other's throat and there must be a mutual willingness.  I do believe that this book has some very worthwhile ideas and think that even if you aren't able to do all 10 dates, there is value in any that you can do.

My nephew and his fiance are getting married next week.  I'll be getting a copy of this book to include in their gift.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.


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