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10 Great Dates: Connecting Faith, Love & Marriage [Kindle Edition]

Peter Larson , Heather Larson , David Arp , Claudia Arp
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Book Description

Finally, a Way to Connect Spiritually That You'll BOTH Enjoy!

While juggling the kids, work, church, and community commitments, are you and your spouse finding time to connect? When was the last time you had a good talk about faith or did a devotional together?

To help you jump-start deeper connections, four marriage experts have come up with 10 creative date ideas, each centered on a spiritual theme, including
Appreciating your differences
Experiencing God together
Facing the storms of life
Connecting through prayer

With the planning taken care of--including flexible suggestions for before, during, and after the date--you and your spouse can simply enjoy the time sharing what's important in life.

Download a free leader's guide for small groups at 10greatdates.org.


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From the Back Cover

Finally, a Way to Connect Spiritually That You'll BOTH Enjoy!

While juggling the kids, work, church, and community commitments, are you and your spouse finding time to connect? When was the last time you had a good talk about faith or did a devotional together?

To help you jump-start deeper connections, four marriage experts have come up with 10 creative date ideas, each centered on a spiritual theme, including
Appreciating your differences
Experiencing God together
Facing the storms of life
Connecting through prayer

With the planning taken care of--including flexible suggestions for before, during, and after the date--you and your spouse can simply enjoy the time sharing what's important in life.

Download a free leader's guide for small groups at 10greatdates.org.

"Finally, here is a book that helps couples connect spiritually, and all in the fun format of Great Dates. I highly recommend this book for couples, small groups, and churches who want to strengthen and build godly marriages."--Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The 5 Love Languages

"This book goes beyond spending time together. It offers guidance on deepening an emotional and spiritual bond. Each exercise provides insight and opportunities to authentically know and be known in new ways, bringing honor to one another and glory to God."--Gayle DiMartino, marriage ministry director, Willow Creek Community Church

"This book is both practical and fun. It gives couples tangible ways to grow together spiritually all in the fun, guilt-free format of great dates. The Larsons and Arps have done the work. All you need to do is carve out time for your 10 Great Dates!"--Gary Smalley, author of The DNA of Relationships

"Don't settle for an individual faith walk when connecting spiritually as a couple could transform your marriage. This book provides an effective road map for couples who want to journey together."--Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, #1 New York Times authors of The Good Fight

"This wonderfully written book takes what often is an elusive and mysterious discipline for couples and provides 10 life-building opportunities to move past the mundane of life and get to what really matters. Experience it!"--Ron L. Deal, author of The Smart Stepfamily and coauthor of The Remarriage Checkup

"Few things possess the potential to add to the overall satisfaction and meaning of marriage like really connecting spiritually. The Larsons and the Arps do an amazing job of gracefully and playfully helping us walk together toward fulfilling our deepest longings and desires."--Robert Paul, co-president, National Institute of Marriage

"With its focus on spiritual intimacy, this book is a refreshing change from the standard marriage materials on emotional and physical connection. The Larsons and Arps have provided us with an amazing resource."--Shawn Stoever, PhD, senior director, WinShape Foundation

"This book will refresh your marriage. You can't beat the life-changing content, 10 meaningful dates, and the wisdom of some of America's finest marriage experts."--Jim and Cathy Burns, authors of Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together; speakers at Creating an Intimate Marriage seminars

"Being intentional in any relationship is key to its success. The Larsons and the Arps help couples see the importance of Date Night."--Tim Popadic, president, DateNightWorks.com

"God in your marriage . . . is everything. But while connecting with God together would seem so natural and easy to do, it isn't. Here's a fresh start to a new 'God life' together." --Dr. Tim Clinton, president, American Association of Christian Counselors; executive director, Center for Counseling & Family Studies, Liberty University

"In working with hundreds of couples, the desire to build a strong, growing faith together as a couple is there--what hasn't been is what this book shows, how to get there!"--John Trent, Ph.D., author of The Blessing; president, StrongFamilies.com

About the Author

Peter and Heather Larson do premarital counseling, speaking events, and marriage education together in a variety of settings. Peter is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-developed the customized version of the widely used PREPARE/ENRICH couples assessment tool. Heather is associate director of Marriage Alive. Married for 17 years, the Larsons have three school-aged children and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Coauthors David and Claudia Arp, founders of Marriage Alive, have written more than 30 books. Their 10 Great Dates seminar is popular across the U.S. and internationally. Frequently appearing in national media, the Arps have been married nearly 50 years and live in Great Falls, Virginia. Learn more at www.marriagealive.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIUJZ7Y
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By LRumley
Format:Paperback
It's always a good thing to ask your spouse specific questions in a posture of humility and love. It's a good thing to work on building up your relationship. It's a good thing to spend time together, building into one another and learning how to make the other person feel loved.

My husband and I have always been passionate about striving to have a healthy marriage, and encouraging others to work toward that end as well. Ten years ago, we vowed to love and serve one another, with God as the head of our household, and sometimes it's a lot of work. But let me tell you, a decade down the road, every ounce of effort has been worth it. We will never look back and regret time spent to strengthen the bonds between us.

And that's why I chose to review this book. Because I'm always on the lookout for fun, creative ways to build up our relationship. So, let me tell you what I found...

When I began reading, I had a hard time connecting to the authors. Honestly? I have read other marriage books, and none of this stuff was really new to me.

It also made a big difference that my hubby and I are extremely compatible in the spiritual category of life. In fact, in our pre-marriage counseling, that's the one category where we were 100% compatible. And that makes a HUGE (let me repeat....HUUUUUUUUGE) difference in our marriage.

The authors didn't have quite the same experience and spent the beginning of the book talking about how they had trouble connecting spiritually as couples. Honestly? As much as I enjoy reading other couples' relationship anecdotes, I felt like maybe this book was a waste of time. Not because we're even close to perfect, but for once, this is an area where we're doing okay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing September 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Ten Great Dates--written by two couples who have a lot of experience with marriage mentoring, counseling, and conferences­­--sets out to "help you connect faith, love, and marriage in ways that result in spiritual connection--all in the fun, guilt-free, safe format of Great Dates" (pg. 9). It was a quick read that contains some good marriage advice, and I like that it focuses on incorporating your faith into your marriage. I also liked that it included some Bible study questions to get you reading what the Bible has to say. But there were quite a few things I didn't like.

The concept is interesting--plans for 10 different Dates with your spouse--but it wasn't laid out the way I expected. Based on the back cover copy, I was expecting more ideas for the actual date activities/locations, but the focus was on what you should discuss. The most specific instructions for a date activity was were to "go to a nice restaurant" and "find a quiet place to talk."

The authors used a lot of personal stories to illustrate their points. While examples like that can be helpful, I thought there were too many stories, and they were so long it was easy to forget the point. I grew bored with them and found myself skipping those sections.

The tear-out sheets at the back of the book are designed to guide the conversation for each Date--each person is supposed to get a copy and prepare for the Date by answering the questions. I knew after reading just the first one that my husband (who is a committed Christian and usually a good sport) would never agree to do all ten Dates. By the time I finished the book, I didn't want to do them either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ten Ways to Connect with God and Your Spouse December 4, 2013
Format:Paperback
Once again, I received a book to review for Bethany House. This time, I selected 10 Great Dates: Connecting Faith, Love, & Marriage by Peter and Heather Larson and David and Claudia Arp.

In this review program, I get to choose what I want to review, and I have been, whether I realized it or not, looking for a way for my husband and I to connect with each other and spiritually.

After a perusal and after running the idea by my husband, I am excited to report that we plan to go through the 10 Great Dates process together. In this version of the 10 Great Dates series, couples go through a ten week series of conversations including Connecting Faith and Love, Getting Into the Word, and Making Your Marriage a Lighthouse. The idea is that both partners read and reflect independently, then come back together to share and discuss.

The book is well organized and includes two tear-out copies of each of the dates.

I'm excited to get started going through this book with my husband and to have dates where we get to talk about God, our life, and our love, all rolled into one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ministry Tool October 21, 2013
By SR
Format:Paperback
I was totally sucked into this book at the dedication page!
"This book is written to create a legacy of spiritual growth in marriages, starting with our won families, children and grandchildren. May God richly bless your lives and your marriage!"
"In the following pages will be your date coaches. No matter where you are in life, married without kids, or with a full house like the Larsons, or empty nesters like the Arps, there is something here for every couple." (Page 12) The 10 great dates are each a chapter in the book and include topics such as connecting faith and love, appreciating your differences, building your marriage on a strong foundation and making your marriage a lighthouse. Each chapter has a brief Pre-Date Preparation, Date-Night Tips, Chapter Summary, and Post-Date questions. Early in the book, the authors clearly instruct couples to extend grace throughout the process including NOT forcing a spouse to do an activity or answer a question they are unwilling to. "God does not force us to do things against our will -so let Him be your model." (Page 11) GREAT ADVICE!

At first. I was apprehensive. I suspected this was a book with serious topics which required long, involved heart-to-hearts with my spouse. In reality, it is what you make it. There are only a few key verses to read and discuss and a few questions for "jumping off points". This book is especially good for couples who are new to being a God follower and would like to figure out how to connect on a spiritual level as it feels "weird" to do things differently than "how we've always done it". It is also good for couples in a change of life situation like becoming an empty nester. I was cynical when they claimed this book was usable by couples in "every walk of life". But it really IS! Again, it is what you make it!

Great tool for those in the ministry, as well! My husband is a pastor and I appreciate tools which encourage couples to get closer spiritually!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Date Night Fun
My husband and myself have really grown closer. . I have enjoyed my dates with my husband and the way this book lays things out. .
Published 4 months ago by Wendy Knight
3.0 out of 5 stars 10 Great Discussion Topics, NOT 10 Great Dates
The gist of the book is an encouragement for couples to plan 10 dates, each centered on a spiritual theme, with the purpose of building deeper connections. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BCS
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Resource For Married Couples
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*Let’s get out for a date!
*But what should we do?
Don’t keep doing the same things. Try something different. 10 Great Dates is that “something” you’re looking for. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sharon
3.0 out of 5 stars 10 great discussions, not 10 great dates
I was not familiar with the “10 Great Dates” series that the Arps have been writing, but I was curious about this particular book when the cover caught my eye. Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. Dempsey
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
I have to admit that when I first got this book, I was not really excited about reading the whole book. I thought this would be a great book just to skim. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Not Afraid of the Snow
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book for newly married couples, but not those already connecting...
Through Bethany Publishing House I am able to review new books or free. I was very excited to review “10 GReat Dates” written by two couples, Peter and Heather Larson and David and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bekkielynn
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ten Great Dates by Larson & Arp"
This is a book written by four people, two married couples: Peter & Heather Larson and David & Claudia Arp. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pooke
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Published 9 months ago by Richard Burkey Lifelong Learner
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