Summary: The Little Book of Great Dates will help build romance and fun into any marriage with its creative ideas for a year’s worth of weekly affordable dates. This book—a simpler, gift version of Focus on the Family’s The Date Night Challenge campaign—will help couples to proactively and intentionally build their relationship, showing how everyday activities can become “dates” that strengthen the marriage relationship. It includes plans for special-occasion dates, such as the couple’s anniversaries (first date, engagement, wedding), birthdays, etc. Couples can get to know each other better by sharing fun times and discover dating again in their marriage with this great little book of ideas!
Review: After nine years of marriage sometimes complacency sets in; you get in a routine and there you go. It gets hard, and I know for us the routine because easy. There’s no doubt I love my husband, but there are times I need to be reminded that he loves me. And its not because I doubt that he does, but holy cow marriage is so different than dating!! For us time together is so precious. A Tanzanite is a rare stone. Its only mined in one place. That’s about how rare our time is together. This is something that I’ve been struggling with lately. It’s been a long eleven years of Air Force Life, and I think its finally starting to catch up with me. Greg and Erin Smalley seem to understand that, and about something that pops up in many marriage. This book is filled with great ideas built around specific dates and milestones. Operating on the idea that men and women are, duh, completely different, the date ideas are built around a way to combine the needs of both. Hubby and I went out on a date about a month or so ago, and we went to go see a movie. Before we went to the movies we had ice cream and hung out in the car and just talked. We ended up having a ridiculously profound conversation about something we had never really talked about before. We actually shared our real and true feelings about something and it was completely life-changing. We took the time to really talk with each other open and honestly, and managed to have a little fun while doing it. Sometimes you just need some ideas, and this book is one. I would also stop by the Smalley’s website. It’s full of great resources and information to guide you in the journey of building a strong marriage.