Book Review: Little Book of Great Dates, 52 Creative Ideas To Make Your Marriage Fun


My Thoughts About the Book:

Oh how I wish that I had this book many years ago…how much fun would it be–wait, scratch that, it is absolutely perfect RIGHT NOW! Even after being married for almost 21 years, there still needs to be adventure, romance, and an intentional approach to making your marriage the best that it can be. This investment into the health of your marriage is perfect for anyone looking to get creative, to make the most of your marriage so that today is better than yesterday and tomorrow can be better than ever.

I love the 52 weeks of dating ideas along with suggested activities, topics of conversation as well as questions to ask each other…other than talking about the kids or work the whole time you are out on a date. One sweet little nugget that I just loved was the thought to remember that you are trying to get a 2nd date — how fantastic is that?

This handy little book is the perfect size to toss in your purse and take along with you on one of your date nights, especially if you are throwing together a date night on the go! (How much fun would that be?) It’s only 129 pages but in bite size little nuggets so that you can continue to build on your marriage. Every marriage can be improved and most people I know are desperately looking for ways to reignite the spark they once had when they first got married.

Either way, if you are looking to work on building a healthier, stronger marriage this year then pick up a copy of “Little Book Of Great Dates” by Dr. Greg & Erin Smalley, you are gonna love it!

About the book:

The Little Book of Great Dates will help build romance and fun into any marriage with its creative ideas for a year’s worth of weekly affordable dates. This book—a simpler, gift version of Focus on the Family’s The Date Night Challenge campaign—will help couples to proactively and intentionally build their relationship, showing how everyday activities can become “dates” that strengthen the marriage relationship. It includes plans for special-occasion dates, such as the couple’s anniversaries (first date, engagement, wedding), birthdays, etc. Couples can get to know each other better by sharing fun times and discover dating again in their marriage with this great little book of ideas!

Thought dating was a thing of the past? Think again!
Not only can dating your spouse strengthen your marriage, rekindle your romance, and deepen your connection—but dating is also just plain fun! That’s why this Little Book of Great Dates offers you 52 creative, fun-filled ideas for spending time together talking, laughing, and connecting over shared activities. With imaginative suggestions for dates that are easy on the pocketbook, married and engaged couples will also value the conversation starters aimed at building emotional intimacy. Most of all, this little volume is a big promise to the one you love that more discoveries and an ever-deepening love are always on the horizon.

You can purchase a copy here

About the Authors — Dr. Greg & Erin Smalley:


Dr. Greg Smalley serves as executive director of Marriage and Family Formation at Focus on the Family. In this role, he develops and oversees initiatives that prepare individuals for marriage, strengthen and nurture existing marriages and help couples in marital crises. He also serves as a media spokesperson on these matters.

Smalley knew early in his career that he wanted to be more hands-on in helping couples. After receiving his doctorate at the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in Southern California, and a counseling degree from Denver Seminary, he and his wife, Erin, led intensive marriage seminars around the world and trained pastors, professionals and lay leaders how to effectively work with married and engaged couples.

Married since 1992, Smalley lives in Colorado with his wife and their three daughters, Taylor, Maddy and Annie, and their son, Garrison. Smalley brings at least one child to every age-appropriate event, exposing them to the crucial role marriage plays in the family and society.


Seeking JOY on the Journey,



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