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Finally, a Way to Connect Spiritually That You'll BOTH Enjoy!

While juggling the kids, work, church, and community commitments, are you and your spouse finding time to connect? When was the last time you had a good talk about faith or did a devotional together?

To help you jump-start deeper connections, four marriage experts have come up with 10 creative date ideas, each centered on a spiritual theme, including
· Appreciating your differences
· Experiencing God together
· Facing the storms of life
· Connecting through prayer

With the planning taken care of--including flexible suggestions for before, during, and after the date--you and your spouse can simply enjoy the time sharing what's important in life.

Download a free leader's guide for small groups at 10greatdates.org.

"Finally, here is a book that helps couples connect spiritually, and all in the fun format of Great Dates. I highly recommend this book for couples, small groups, and churches who want to strengthen and build godly marriages."--Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The 5 Love Languages

"This book goes beyond spending time together. It offers guidance on deepening an emotional and spiritual bond. Each exercise provides insight and opportunities to authentically know and be known in new ways, bringing honor to one another and glory to God."--Gayle DiMartino, marriage ministry director, Willow Creek Community Church

"This book is both practical and fun. It gives couples tangible ways to grow together spiritually all in the fun, guilt-free format of great dates. The Larsons and Arps have done the work. All you need to do is carve out time for your 10 Great Dates!"--Gary Smalley, author of The DNA of Relationships

"Don't settle for an individual faith walk when connecting spiritually as a couple could transform your marriage. This book provides an effective road map for couples who want to journey together."--Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, #1 New York Times authors of The Good Fight

"This wonderfully written book takes what often is an elusive and mysterious discipline for couples and provides 10 life-building opportunities to move past the mundane of life and get to what really matters. Experience it!"--Ron L. Deal, author of The Smart Stepfamily and coauthor of The Remarriage Checkup

"Few things possess the potential to add to the overall satisfaction and meaning of marriage like really connecting spiritually. The Larsons and the Arps do an amazing job of gracefully and playfully helping us walk together toward fulfilling our deepest longings and desires."--Robert Paul, co-president, National Institute of Marriage

"With its focus on spiritual intimacy, this book is a refreshing change from the standard marriage materials on emotional and physical connection. The Larsons and Arps have provided us with an amazing resource."--Shawn Stoever, PhD, senior director, WinShape Foundation

"This book will refresh your marriage. You can't beat the life-changing content, 10 meaningful dates, and the wisdom of some of America's finest marriage experts."--Jim and Cathy Burns, authors of Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Together; speakers at Creating an Intimate Marriage seminars

Contributors

Heather Larson, Author

Heather Larson, MS, (www.10greatdates.org) has her master's degree in psychology. She is the founder of Bridgewell Coaching and works as a Christian relationship coach. She and her husband, Peter, regularly teach and speak together. They are the hosts of the 10 Great Dates Before You Say "I Do" DVD curriculum. The Larsons have been married for twenty years and have three children. They live in Edina, Minnesota.

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Claudia Arp, Author

Claudia Arp, MSW, (www.10greatdates.org) and her husband, David, are founders of Marriage Alive International, a ground-breaking ministry dedicated to providing resources and training to empower churches to help build better marriages. The Arps are authors of numerous books and video curricula, including the 10 Great Dates series and the Gold Medallion Award-winning The Second Half of Marriage. The Arps have appeared on the NBC Today Show, CBS This Morning, PBS, and Focus on the Family. Their work has been featured in publications such as USA Today, the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine. When they are not writing or speaking, you'll probably find them hiking trails in northern Virginia, where they live, or in the Austrian Alps, where they love to hike.

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David Arp, Author

David Arp, MSW, (www.10greatdates.org) and his wife, Claudia, are founders of Marriage Alive International, a ground-breaking ministry dedicated to providing resources and training to empower churches to help build better marriages. The Arps are authors of numerous books and video curricula, including the 10 Great Dates series and the Gold Medallion Award-winning The Second Half of Marriage. The Arps have appeared on the NBC Today Show, CBS This Morning, PBS, and Focus on the Family. Their work has been featured in publications such as USA Today, the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine. When they are not writing or speaking, you'll probably find them hiking trails in northern Virginia, where they live, or in the Austrian Alps, where they love to hike.

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Peter Larson, Author

Peter Larson, PhD, (www.10greatdates.org) is a licensed clinical psychologist and currently serves as the Marriage and Family Initiative Lead at Gloo, Inc. He is the coauthor of the PREPARE/ENRICH Customized Version and the Couple Checkup Inventory and book. Peter and his wife, Heather, regularly teach and speak together. They are the hosts of the 10 Great Dates Before You Say "I Do" DVD curriculum. The Larsons have been married for twenty years and have three children. They live in Edina, Minnesota.

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