When you write a Christian parenting blog, you hear from a lot of people wanting to promote things in an effort to strengthen marriages. I try to use them whenever possible. I believe one of the most important gifts you can give your child is parents who love each other and are committed to having a Christian home and parenting their children towards God.
The craziness of parenting though can often push marriages to the back burner. We are often lucky if we can exchange a few important details with each other before collapsing in exhaustion. Date nights are a thing of the past even when the kids are old enough to no longer need baby sitters. Couples slowly begin to drift apart without realizing it has happened until it is too late.
From time to time a publisher will send me a date night book to review, and most of them are fine. A few have some great discussion questions. I really have never seen one though that was extremely creative in the suggestions of things to do together. That is until I read 52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing, and Staying Together by Randy Southern.
I knew I was in for a treat when the first date was called “The First Time for Everything Date.” As I turned to the next date -“Cemetery Date”, I was hooked! Each date gives instructions on how to make it happen (creativity makes for some interesting instructions and cautions!), questions to discuss while you are on the date, as well as topics to discuss in your prayers with God and scriptures to share with each other.
An interesting angle was added because of the book’s connection to Gary Chapman. Each date includes an entry about a specific love language. It explains how to tie your activity into one of the love languages from Chapman’s books in specific ways. I love the addition because I think many struggle with how to use Chapman’s material in ways that are meaningful to their spouses.
If you are looking for a heavy devotional to do with your spouse or deep questions that will solve any marital issues, this is probably not the book you want. If on the other hand, your marriage is basically solid but could use some fun and energy injected into it – grab 52 Uncommon Dates.
The best news is that the publisher is allowing me to give away a copy of the book to one Parenting Like Hannah reader. Once you enter, make sure and check your email to see if you are a winner. (We will need a mailing address for the publisher to send you your prize). Hurry and enter today. I mean who wouldn’t be interested in a Lego date or a second first date? Even the dates that sounded normal often had twists and turns to increase the fun and the reflection. Every marriage could always use a little more fun and time with God.
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A copy of this book was given to me for free in exchange for my honest review. I enjoyed the book and can’t wait to try a few of the dates with my husband.