I recently received a copy of the book “10 Great Dates: Connecting Faith, Love & Marriage” to review. 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.I struggled at first to embrace this premise. Why? Because frankly, I had “unofficially” tried this approach, especially early in our marriage, and our dates often crashed & burned because I did not completely appreciate that my husband went on a date to relax, NOT to discuss life goals and the State of our Marriage. So, if your husband is similar, I would suggest this is not the book for you. But, if you are looking for a very structured approach for discussing topics of faith, this book could be a good resource.
Additionally, I was taken aback by the seemingly basic contents of the discussions created for married couples. They seemed more like “getting to know you” type of activities. With great thankfulness, I acknowledge the blessing of my marriage in that my husband and I addressed almost all of the topics included in this book very early on in our relationship, for sure during our engagement. If both you & your spouse have been Christ-followers throughout the entirety of your marriage, you’d probably find the discussion topics not applicable for motivating new conversations but certainly, they are good reminders to keep communication open.
The book contains extensive personal examples from both of the author couples & Biblical truth and instruction. Its not a bad book, simply one which I personally found not to be useful tool.
I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.