Sweet friends, it is finally Friday. Coming to you with this book review (that rhymes) from my king-sized bed where I am being a lazy girl. My Prince and I are both off today and need to get around but we are savoring a few extra minutes under the covers this morning.
I want to share a book with you that I am currently reading. 52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing, and Staying Together by Randy E Southern, with an introduction by Gary D. Chapman.
Many moons and posts ago, I wrote about The 5 Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman, a book I was first introduced to in a Sunday school lesson.
If you aren’t familiar with it, you might want to read that brief post here. The premise of Chapman’s book is that we all have a preferential love language through which we best receive and perceive love. Chapman has identified five love languages: words of affirmation, acts of service. receiving gifts, quality time and physical touch. Using a short survey available here, you can determine your language and the language of those you love most in order to better love them.
I had originally planned to write more about the 5 love languages in a series but that didn’t happen…YET! Now that I am reading 52 Uncommon Dates, I hope to share some of the dates my PC and I try out after we give them a-go. So this book review is going to stretch over several posts.
My love language has changed over the years, which I find kind of interesting. I think the change has come as a result of maturing (getting old
ungracefully) and the evolution of my marriage to my Prince. And maybe just a change in what is most important to me at this stage in my life.
At the time that I wrote my first blog post on the 5 love languages, my results were:
and PC’s was
When those differences in our love languages go unrecognized, it makes for a marriage where one of us is speaking Spanish and Portuguese and the other is speaking German.
So, Chapman’s book has made me more aware and encouraged me to be more conscientious of how PC receives love.
Now, as I read 52 Uncommon Dates, I am learning how to plan dates that vary from the dinner and movie standard.
Each date is presented by Southern in its own chapter. Each chapter has a half dozen sections that completely layout the suggested date.
The author begins each chapter with “Words to Grow On”, Biblical verse that relates to the following date. In “Set the Scene”, Southern explains that in shaking up our dates we should “consider our natural instincts – and then do the opposite”. [p. 14] “Make it Happen” is a set of step-by-step directions for – well, making the date happen! In “Finish Strong”, Southern emphasizes the importance of talking about the date, anticipating the new experience and what the couple should take away from it. “Mind Your Language” encourages us to be mindful of the love language of our partner throughout the date, and offers examples for “speaking” in that love language. Finally “Dig Deep” refers the couple back to the Bible in reflection.
PC and I have sampled several of the dates provided in Southern’s book and I will be sharing them here with you over the next few weeks.
Hope you will come back to read all about them.
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Thank you for stopping by.
Come back tomorrow to check out our first 52 Uncommon Dates date.
Hugs and kisses,