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40 Unforgettable Dates with Your Mate

40 Unforgettable Dates with Your Mate [Kindle Edition]

Gary Rosberg , Barbara Rosberg

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In The 5 Love Needs of Men and Women, the Rosbergs taught us how to recognize our spouse's most important love needs. Now it's time to put those ideas into action! In 40 Unforgettable Dates with Your Mate, America's favorite family counselors offer forty ideas for dates that are not only fun and romantic but also help readers meet their spouse's love needs. From picnics to day trips to snuggling at home, these ideas are guaranteed to put your marriage into high gear.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0842361065
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (21 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070HY2T6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #691,497 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go on a date and actually enjoy it! 10 April 2009
By M. Steinke - Published on
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It's been 5 years since writing this review and I'm now going on 15 years of marriage this May (2014). My husband and I still use this book. I've loaned out and given away many copies. I came back tonight to order another one and noticed my original review here so I thought I would let you know how much we still enjoy this book. The questions are still my favorite part and we will sometimes repeat questions because we've found out that the answer can change. Nowadays with four children and extracurricular activities we don't go on dates as often as we used to. When we do have time quality time together we do our best to meet each other's needs. For instance, we have used more of the date ideas given in the book. I wouldn't have thought I was the type of girl who would want a date to focus on shopping for clothes for me, one of the ideas, HOWEVER once we did it and I knew my husband was choosing to do this and ok with it, I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it. Usually I wouldn't have made him sit through the torture of trying on clothes trying to find what fits my now older, lumpy and bumpy body. Not to mention the tears that can accompany trying on clothes. Well he stayed with me and we both had fun picking out items that looked attractive on me and what I felt attractive in. Now when getting dressed I can easily pick an outfit and find I feel better about myself and how I look. I feel attractive to my husband. What a wonderful feeling that is. Again, I still believe the questions are the best part but I am putting stock in these date ideas now that we've tried more of them. Interesting thing, one night we ended up spending hours in one of his favorite stores updating his wardrobe too. It wasn't planned, we stopped in to return a pair of shoes he purchased and ended up spending our entire evening there. I did have to assure him I was ok with this. It took a couple of times saying that I wanted to be there and encourage him to enjoy himself and shop, just as he had said to me on my outing. It was a lot of fun and I'm happy to have put not only my time but our money towards him. He is the most important thing to me after only my relationship with God, and by choosing to use our time and money this way is a way of saying "I think you are important and you are worth it."
Original Review
This is a great book. I have been married for 10 years this May (2009) and have three, almost four, children with my husband. I have loaned this book to many different friends and have actually ended up giving it many times as a present. Our marriage has had the normal bumps in the road, but we do our best to stay close and handle those bumps in a way where each spouse feels love and acceptance. What does this has to do with the book. Well, in my humble opinion the best part of the book is that is gets you talking to each other. And these talks help you to know, to love, and to understand each other more. Thus, getting through everyday problems and the not-so-everyday problems in a loving, healthy way.

The book is broken into two halves. Each half is for one spouse to read giving date ideas to meet specific needs of the other spouse. Both halves have five sections, one section per need. For instance, the needs met for the wife are friendship, encouragement and affirmation, spiritual intimacy, emotional intimacy and oommunication, and unconditional love and acceptance. The needs met for the husband are spiritual intamacy, encouragement and affirmation, friendship, sexual intimacy, and unconditional love and acceptance. Each section provides multiple date ideas, preparation steps, tips, and then discussion questions geared to meeting that specific need.

I personally believe that the discussion questions are the highlight of the book. The date ideas are nice and can be creative, but while out on a date it is almost impossible to not talk about work or kids. The questions allow you to get to know each other better. Take turns answering the question. Or just let one spouse answer while the other spouse listens. Either way, time passes too quickly and before you know it, it is time to go home. But this time when you go home, you should feel closer to each other. Have a better understanding of each other. The intimacy should be there. Sometimes, after the kids are in bed we'll snuggle on the couch with the book and go through some questions.

Some of the questions are:
- What is the best compliment I could give you?
- What are a few things that refresh you the most?
- How can we set the right atomosphere in our marriage so that both of us feel safe sharing secrets and feelings with each other?
- What do you think prevents couples from becoming or staying best friends?
- Are you (the wife) satisified with how I (the husband) make decisions for our family? Why or Why not? What can I do better?
- When do you feel the most distant from me? Does that feeling cause you to want to draw closer, move further away, or stay where you are until the feeling goes away?
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME 11 Feb 2005
By Leapea - Published on
This book has some of the most unique ideas for spending quality time with your mate. It has all the dates organized into categories based on how much time you have, how much money you want to spend, etc. Then at the end of each date there are questions and focus excerises to bridge a communication gap.
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Equal partnership or male headship? 12 Feb 2012
By Rachel - Published on
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Although this book is free, your time is still valuable. Therefore, before deciding to download, you should be aware that this book is aimed at Christians who believe that there are essential differences between men and women, and that men's particular characteristics make them better suited to lead. These assumptions shape the book in ways both obvious and subtle. For example, both husbands and wives are advised to make a date to participate in their spouse's hobby, but the dates are framed differently: husbands should help their wives, while wives should learn from their husbands. If these beliefs reflect your own, go forth and download. If not, well, there are still some potentially useful date ideas and discussion topics, albeit nothing you couldn't come up with on your own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title... 9 Mar 2012
By Jerice - Published on
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This is the first two-star review I've ever given but Amazon wants an honest review... With a title like "40 Unforgettable Dates with Your Mate" one might assume (as I did) that there would be a list of these 40 dates. I started reading the book and couldn't even finish it. Just wasn't what I expected and I did not care for the story book style. I'm glad this was a free book on Amazon and I didn't waste my money on it. I doubt I would look at any other titles by this couple/authors.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Dates for Married Couples 13 Feb 2012
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on
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Gary and Barbara Rosberg have written a very creative books for couples seeking to become more intimate. This book is also great if you are looking for Valentine's Day ideas. The authors explain how you shouldn't stop dating once you get married. The best thing a couple can do is continue to connect on every level to keep their marriage strong. This book will also give hope to couples who are not fully participating in their relationship. The book presents information in a very unique way. It first explains the love needs of your spouse and then shows you how to fulfill that need by going on a creative date.

The date I thought was the best was the one where the husband draws a bath for his wife, lights candles and then after the bath asks his wife if they can talk while they eat tiramisu. Yum! Also being taken away for a night at a Bed-and-Breakfast sounded great. The ideas for women were more about intimacy and talking and the dates for men were more about sex or sports. Women are also encouraged to take their husband's to sports games or just to have a play date like going rollerblading.

Satin sheets, fireplaces, sexy cards, flowers, heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, limousine rides, diamond earrings - these are some of the things you'll read about in this book.

Now there is one idea that I think any guy could like and it includes getting all his friends together to celebrate him on one night. Everyone is supposed to say what they appreciate about your husband most.

While some say this book is a sermon it really isn't. There is some discussion of prayer and Bible reading but mostly in the section on spiritual intimacy.

One idea my husband and I didn't like was the idea to spend all day at your husband's place of work. Realistically this just doesn't sound like a good idea. I'd say it was too distracting for the one trying to get work done. I much preferred the idea of taking your spouse to lunch.

Now there is one thing in this book that may or may not work for you. It is the section after each series of dates that has a list of questions to ask your mate. Can I ask you this? Do you really want to be with a guy who asks you: "Do I say 'I Love You' often enough?" HELLO. I much preferred the question wives could ask their husbands: "Have I told you lately that you're my hero?" So really on the questions you can pick and choose what you are comfortable with.

One thing to note about this book is that if you have kids you are going to need a lot of babysitters! You may have to return favors from relatives and friends.

Overall this book will help couples develop a more intimate relationship. The ideas for men are more action based and the ideas for women are more romantic. You are going to find something in this book to love.

~The Rebecca Review
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