Ask me to show you the person on earth who touches my life in the most special ways, and I will introduce you to my wife (Shawn). We’ve been together 32 years and I look forward to our next 32. Our relationship has been through many seasons, and we recently entered a new one – Empty Nesters. Little Book of Great Dates is small in size (and font!) but packs a wallop as it sounds the wake-up call that I cannot take my relationship with Shawn for granted. The authors, Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley, urge me to be intentional about investing in my marriage.
The book is organized as a series of 52 ideas for dates. Each is introduced with an interesting quote followed by a mini-devotional. The dating activities do have some repetition throughout the book but provide a great starting point for the creative reader ready to improvise. Discussion questions are included for those having trouble talking with the spouse about couple topics.
I am not sure if Greg or Erin authored this line but it has attached itself to my mind – “remember to always act as if you’re trying to get a second date.” Good advice to let Shawn know how valued she is and the special place she holds in my heart. Date #2 suggests ballroom dancing lessons and I plan to redact that suggestion before Shawn reads the book. I do well to walk and talk at the same time!
Date #3 offers this admonition – “There is always something new to learn about your spouse” followed by the direction that I “continually be a student of my spouse.” Couple time provides a ready classroom for my research. Shawn did not come with a User’s Guide and after 32 years I am still learning how she thinks and what she likes.
Little Book of Great Dates would be a great gift for newly-weds or the experienced couple. It can be a stimulus to get the reader off the couch investing in his or her relationship. Ladies, I know some guys are not likely to pick up a book like this one but if you have a copy handy, maybe he will read the pages you’ve marked.
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Note – Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of the book to facilitate this review.