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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 15, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: This book is a great resource to have. It was slow to read, because I wasn't planning a date at the exact moment I was reading this book, but I know it will come in handy for the future. The book is separated out by categories of dates, such as: At-Home, Great Outdoors, Romantic dates, etc. Every category has several date ideas planned out for you to follow.
They are broken down by an idea, how to plan for the date, talking points while on the date, and something to take away from each date. Although I hate the idea of having set "talking points" for each date, I can understand why they're there. We have a 9 month old baby, so sometimes most times our conversations revolve around him, or work which we all know is mostly un-fun. Since our baby is often up in the middle of the night, it's also likely both of our brains will be fried from lack of sleep, so talking points can be helpful, but as I previously said, I hate them, because conversation should flow freely from a married couple in love.
If you have children and have to pay for child care, forget it. We are blessed in the fact that we have family and church family around us that are willing to donate their time into watching our precious little man for us, so that we can go on dates. The authors have included a list of cheap child care options at the end of the book to help guide you in this area, so that's a big help.
I will be keeping this book on hand for help planning future dates, and I would recommend it, if you're looking for help planning "date night". Sep 26, Breanne rated it liked it.
Jan 18, Gina Wiitanen rated it really liked it. Loved the ideas for "at-home" dates! With two small kids at home, it's nice to have some options of activities we can do after we put the kids to bedbeside watching tv! Aug 13, Kimberly rated it it was amazing. I loved, loved, loved this book! Busy schedules and tight budgets should not hold couples back from spending quality time together. Reading this book, I came to a very happy conclusion, that also left me quite sad. I I loved, loved, loved this book! I was happy because as I read this book, I realized that my husband and I already make it a point to do many of the things in this book.
We are always looking for ways to spend quality time together. Communication and friendship in our marriage is so important to us. We love spending time together and we truly are best friends. I was also saddened when reading this, because it made me realize that so many couples do not take the time to invest in their relationship. I know a lot of couples struggle to find time together with busy schedules, kids, work etc.
My husband and I have been married for 15 years.
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We try to go out together at least one night a week. We also take evening walks together daily, have a game night every weekend if we are able, and generally plan to spend time together. This book gave us lots of budget friendly ideas to try on our date nights, and also gave us a fresh perspective on how the mundane, every day tasks in life can also be turned into dates. I also loved that some chapters included discussion questions. This is just a great little book and I highly recommend it to every married couple.
And each date idea in the book certainly delivers. On top of that, the authors even include ideas for cheap childcare options. I found this book to be encouraging and practical, yet full of fun. Plus, they all stick to a budget! What more can you ask for? This is one book I highly recommend for all married couples. I received a copy of the book from NetGalley for this honest review.
The opinions expressed are my own. Oct 03, Becky rated it liked it. Keep the Home Fires Burning "Dating after marriage" or "fun after marriage? Fun and dating does not end with marriage, or at least it shouldn't. Ultimately, dating after marriage is just another word for spending time together, a way to continue to grow closer to each other. All relationships, especially marriage, are about connecting with each other, keeping common ground with another person. Maintaining a strong bond between spouses is something that always needs to be nurtured. Sometimes couples may find themselves in the same room, but not interacting with each other.
If that is happening more often than not, shake things up a bit. Just in case you can't think of anything, this book gives some ideas. To be honest, a lot of their dates are probably things you have already thought of, or you would not find appealing. The idea of this book--couples truly interacting with each other without spending a lot of money--can be used as inspiration to come up with ideas more to a couple's liking. I highly encourage married folks to keep dating. However it is done, get out there and interact with your significant other!
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment, and I have given an honest opinion. Sep 20, Elaine rated it liked it.
Nonfiction, Christian, Marriage, Budgeting. Fifty-two Great Gates are outlined in this book - one for every week of the year as my husband pointed out. Each date has a Before the Date prep, duri Title: Each date has a Before the Date prep, during the date talking points, and a takeaway from the date to reflect on. Some of the dates are planning ones, such as the Coupon Date where you make coupons for future dates, Other are spontaneous multi-tasking dates, such as Running Errands, the Library and Home Improvement Dates. In this busy life we lead nowadays, taking time to be with each other doesn't have to be a big expensive ordeal.
It can be a fun cheap spontaneous moment in time that you'll treasure for years to come. A fun challenge would be to go through this book in a year.
I had a great idea for a New Years date; and I'm rather surprised one wasn't included in the book. It's a very easy read and I did skim a few spots, Rating: PG and up, mainly for reading level. Recommended for all ages. Nov 15, Chelle rated it liked it. I've had this book for awhile. It took me awhile to read it and then a couple more thumb throughs, before I was able to write an honest review of the book. This is the first time that I've read a book, that I remember, by either the Larson's or the Arp's. I liked how each date category was separated into a broader type.
The dates themselves are broken down into a little bit of background provided by either I've had this book for awhile. This book provides several great date ideas that I liked and were truly good ideas, some of these dates are a little far-fetched, and some of these ideas are perfectly do-able date ideas. My favorite part of the book is the "talking points" and the "Great Date Takeway". I suppose that I had such a hard time reviewing this book, because I know that very little of these ideas are ones that my husband would go along with. I know that shouldn't cloud my judgement and I hate that it has taken me this long to write a review, but I've really struggled because my view of the book is tempered by my knowledge that I'm not going to be able to appreciate but a couple of these date ideas.
I'm going to go back through the book again and come up with a list of dates that I want to have in and see how many I am able to "accomplish". Thank you to the Larson's and Arp's for providing us an insight into your wonderful dates and setting up a framework we can easily and affordable follow to accomplish the same dates!
I was not required to provide a positive review. All opinions are my own. Sep 19, Beth Strand rated it really liked it. Many of the ideas take advantage of resources right in our own backyard or pantry and this book would be a great gift to tuck into the wedding gift of a couple just starting out or to give to busy parents of young children or, for that matter, to more established couples who just want to spruce up their dating life. This book was provided to me by Bethany House for this review. The opinions, however, are entirely my own. Aug 13, Tima rated it really liked it.
If you are tired of going to the same old places for every date, are strapped for cash, or would just like some ideas, check out this little book. It is divided up into sections like adventure, romance, or out-of-town dates. Each chapter begins with The Idea. This tells you all about the date. The before section gives you any preparation advi If you are tired of going to the same old places for every date, are strapped for cash, or would just like some ideas, check out this little book. The before section gives you any preparation advice for doing before the date to make everything run smoothly.
The next section gives a few more details about the actual date. The talking points are conversation starters or thoughts about the actual date. The chapter ends with Great Date Takeaway. This is the author's final thought about the date. No Matter the Cost.
Connecting Love, Marriage, and Fun on a Budget
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