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$10 Great Dates – Larson & Arp

$10 Great Dates is published by Bethany House.

$10 Great Dates is published by Bethany House.

About the Larsons
About the Arps
About the Book

Summary: From the writers of 10 Great Dates comes the book $10 Great Dates. It’s all well and good to do date night, but what if you have limited funds? The Larsons and Arps show you that you CAN have fun dates for $10 or less!

Review: There are 52 great dates included in $10 Great Dates. That’s easily one for every week of the year! The dates are divided by sections: Adventure Dates, Out-on-the-Town Dates, At Home Dates, Great Outdoors Dates, Marriage Pick-Me-Up Dates, Romantic Dates, Seasonal Special Dates, and Unique and Unusual Dates. They even include a section with inexpensive childcare options, just in case finding childcare is one reason that you don’t want to have date night.

Every date is broke down into basic parts. There’s the overview of the date, some preparation suggestions, ideas for things to do during your date, some conversation starters, and what your big objective is. One of the dates suggested is a date where you are “out of towners” and you go downtown together and be “tourists”. Another type of date is one where you go out just to get dessert. Or, you can stay in and have a game night at home (this is one of our personal favorites!), go out and go hiking (also a favorite!), do volunteer work together, make an at-home spa, check out the local farmer’s market, and even estate sale-ing.

This is perfect if you’re struggling to do date night with your spouse at all or if you want to make a habit of it but don’t have many ideas. The nice thing is, you don’t have to follow everything to a tee, these are just suggestions that you can take and run with them. Highly recommended for coupes who don’t regularly get a date night, those who’ve been struggling and want to reconnect, or for couples who are in a “date night rut”. Dates don’t have to be big and fancy! Get out there and treat your spouse to a fun night out (or in, depending on your $10 date choice).

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own, no other compensation was received.


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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 –
10 Great Dates –

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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