10 Great Dates – Larson & Arp

Published by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Published by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

About the Book
About the Authors: Larson & Arp
Associated Websites: The Arp’s – http://www.marriagealive.com/index.cfm
10 Great Dates – http://www.10greatdates.org/

Summary: 10 Great Dates is a way for you and your spouse to connect spiritually. The authors have designed this to be both a fun experience and a devotional time all wrapped into one. Each date has already been planned and outlined, all you have to do is make the time and find a place to do it! Connect with your spouse on a deeper level in 10 Great Dates.

Review: I read through the book in a day, after homeschooling the kids. I know it’s not designed to be read in a day but when you’re reading for the sole purpose of writing a review… What did I come away with? That I’m reading it again and implementing it in our lives. We’ve been looking for something to do together Bible study wise and 10 Great Dates looks to be a good place to start. We already have our own personal devotional time but as a couple we’re a bit lacking. 10 Great Dates is designed to help you dig deeper as a couple. Not only in Bible study, but in each other.

Each chapter/date focuses on a different aspect of marriage and spirituality. I know for a fact that once we do this together, the biggest impact will be number 6 which focuses on prayer. I’m great at reading my Bible, he’s pretty good with talking to God, but that’s individually. We know it’s important to do together but neither of us are very comfortable with it. There were a lot of really good ideas within the chapter that I think will be very helpful.

Things I liked about the book:

  • there are “pre-date” exercises in the back of the book (in duplicate, which is nice) to kind of help you both organize your thoughts
  • the authors share their own stories but bring it all back to God
  • the basics of each date are outlined, you just have to pick the specific location and time
  • the after date devotionals are a really good way to keep your focus during the time between dates

Things I didn’t like: I know this sounds about normal but there really wasn’t anything I was majorly disappointed about. Because there are technically 4 authors it’s sometimes a little confusing when they’re telling their personal stories. But they do a pretty good job of making parenthetical note of who the story is about.

Overall, I’m pleased with 10 Great Dates and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with my husband! I’d say that any married couple could benefit from working through it, but it’s probably most beneficial to newlyweds or those who don’t have regular “alone” time together.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. No other compensation was received.

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