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Book Review: Little Book of Great Dates: 52 Creative Ideas to Make Your Marriage Fun (Focus on the Family Books)

If I could sum up in just one sentence what Little Book of Great Dates, by Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley, is like, it would be this:

It’s an “okay” book with some decent ideas that could help committed, married couples maintain and further develop a close relationship.

Of course, most of the ideas in the book are quite obvious. The purpose of the dates is to promote a better understanding of one’s spouse. Communication, transparency, willingness to try new things, and openness are crucial to the making of great dates that lead to a great relationship. There really isn’t anything new here.

However, the book isn’t very expensive, and the suggestions and advice are worth the price of admission. I don’t think all of the ideas for “great dates” will work for everyone (I thought some were corny) but there are plenty of ideas to choose from.

To me, the most important concept of the book is (ironically) not necessarily where you go on your date, but how you and your spouse use the date experience to promote understanding and communication in your marriage. Making time to be together with your spouse (without the kids, without discussing the family finances) is one of the struggles that the book addresses. But again, nothing new or amazing here, it’s just a matter of making a date night a priority.

I’d give it 3 and half stars out of 5.

***NOTE***In exchange for my review, Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of the book. In no way was my receipt of the book contingent on a favorable review.


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