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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1.2.2003 edition (February 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310247322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310247326
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 Fun, Innovative Relationship-Building Dates for Seriously Dating and Engaged Couples!

10 Great Dates Before You Say "I Do" combines the best of marriage preparation research with a fun, easy-to-follow format. Couples will love growing together while going out together.

Share your hopes and dreams Appreciate your differences Communicate and connect Develop spiritual intimacy Evaluate your relationship Celebrate romance And more!

About the Author

Claudia Arp and David Arp, MSW, are founders and directors of Marriage Alive International, a ground-breaking ministry dedicated to providing resources and training to empower churches to help build better marriages and families. Their Marriage Alive seminar and 10 Great Dates program are popular across the U.S. and in Europe. The Arps have authored over 30 books including the 10 Great Dates series, No Time for Sex and the Gold Medallion Award-winning The Second Half of Marriage. Frequent contributors to print and broadcast media, the Arps have appeared as marriage experts on the NBC “Today” CBS “This Morning”, Public Television and Focus on the Family. Their work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. David and Claudia have been married for over 40 years and have 3 married sons and 8 grandchildren and live in Northern Virginia. Visit their website at www.marriagealive.com.

Curt and Natelle Brown, MA, MFT, are directors of marriage ministry at Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado, and advisors to the Colorado Marriage Project. They are experienced mentors to engaged couples, marriage coaches to newlyweds, and developers of the Marriage Alive "Before You Say 'I Do'" seminar.

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Our marriage is stronger than ever.
M. Levine
I highly reccomend this book or any book like this before even considering engagement or for engaged couples before you get married!
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It is set up in a really useful way that has you explore topics by yourself before discussing them together.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Lara Searcy on October 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
My fiance and I are currently reading through "10 Great Dates Before You Say 'I Do'" and we both are learning a lot about our communication styles and issues that need to be discussed before our wedding day. We are in a couple's bible study group and have used one of the dates as a group in order to have realistic expectations, hopes, and dreams. This book is a great way to share your ideas and realize some fun and interesting facts about your partner. The book set-up is great because it actually sets you up to go on a date. First you read the chapter (my fiance and I usually read it aloud together), then after the chapter it tells you to go to a specific location that is ideal for discussing the chapter (of course, this is optional but always fun!). At the back of the book are worksheets that both you and your significant other fill out and then together on the date you discuss your answers in regards to the topic and chaper that you read. A great way to open up communication... At the end there are bonus dates that encourage you to continue practicing what you have learned throughout the week. A great tool! One of my favorite things to do as I prepare for marriage...
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Nurse Betty on April 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you are thinking of or planning on getting married this book is fantastic. My husband and I got it about 6 months before we got engaged and went through the 10 dates. It is a great conversation starter and just plain fun to plan dates (especially dates that focus on your relationship rather than wedding planning which can be consuming!).
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Shana L. Mitchell on November 2, 2006
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I liked this book and it was good for my boyfriend and I to go through at different times during our relationship. The book brought up important topics that need to be discussed before you make the committment of marriage. The book brought up some very touchy subjects between us and also started some heated discussions but it ultimately brought us closer together which is what we needed. We don't have everything figured out of course but we are steps closer to having a good solid foundation to our relationship which will carry over to our marriage.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Levine on May 20, 2008
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My husband and I met with Natelle and Curt twice in the fall of 2005 before we were married in summer 2006. We also used the 10 dates in the book. I am so glad that we took the time to answer all of the hard questions and to "lay it all our on the table". We discussed everything from sex and finances to religion and how to fight fair. I didn't think that we really needed to do premarital counseling because I assumed that we already knew each other well enough to get engaged. However, after we were married my husband lost his job (for a year!), we sold our house and moved to the 'burbs and had a baby. These are all stressful and exciting things to happen. We never would have made it through all of these events without the help of this book. Our marriage is stronger than ever. I credit this book with saving us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RAH1234 on March 11, 2011
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My boyfriend and I bought this book off Amazon after seeing it at our church's bookstore. We have seriously been thinking about getting engaged and we thought this book would be one tool to help us make that decision. I love how its easy to read and easy to follow. It definitely gives you a chance to discover each others decision making process as it contains to financial issues, communitaion issues and wants annd needs out of life. The chapters are nice and short; it was also very helpful to have suggestions on where to go on each date as it pertains to the topics and topic sentences to help jump start the conversation. It's a great excuse to go on 10 dates and REALLY get to know each other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Serendipity on November 20, 2013
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Our church held a series of classes for this book for both married and engaged couples in which we would watch a short video for each chapter that comes with the leadership guide. Each couple bought a copy of this book and then weekly the church held a date night for each chapter while providing babysitting. After watching the video and having a short discussion, the couples we able to leave the church for several hours to have their private dates and then return to pick up their children when their dates were over.

We thoroughly enjoyed the series and thought that the concept was excellent for all couples whether you are simply dating a partner, engaged, or married. My husband and I have done other self-help marriage enrichment guides and this one was one of the best that we have done. Now, I don't know that it was reinventing the wheel or anything, there were no groundbreaking concepts, but it was a common sense approach and way to re-evaluate your relationship. For married couples with kids I think this is especially beneficial because it encourages you to take the time together to go on dates to have time away from your children. In this sense it can strengthen your relationship and put the "spark back in your marriage." Also, while it suggests date ideas, they are not rigid. In other words, it is a book of concepts of each date rather than the exact date that you are supposed to do. This is beneficial because then you and your partner can tailor each date to what you enjoy doing together.

As someone who believes in self and relationship improvement and thoroughly enjoyed the experiences fostered by this book, I have no complaints.
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