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Little Book of Great Dates by Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley

Little Book of Great Dates is little book of 52 date ideas. Each date has a theme, with an inspiring quote, a small devotion, an activity, and questions to ask one another. The dates range from Wedding Anniversary to Shared Interests. The dates all stand alone, but could also be done in order.

It is a beautifully bound book that easily fits into a pocket or purse. The planning for most dates is minimal, some of which can also be done at home after the kids are asleep (if you have kids). I enjoyed reading through the different questions, they are great conversation starters.

If you want a little help in planning your date nights or want some incentive to spend more time with your spouse, this is a great book. It would also make a great little stocking stuffer.

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale for my review.

Parenting by The Book by John Rosemond

Parenting by The Book is the second book that I've read by John Rosemond. I picked up a lot of practical things from the first one and thought that this one might contain other great tidbits. The book is mainly a diatribe about the state of parenting and child rearing in the United States at this time. Rosemond makes many (maybe too many) well thought out and stated arguments against the current frame of reference for child rearing, mainly listening to professionals of psychology over listening to years of tradition.
His book is a call to the return of the days when our main source of parenting help was our ancestors.  I think that Rosemond could be right about a number of the ideas within the book, including that we should be more concerned about our child's character development over their self-esteem. What I found lacking in the book was the definitive how to. In a culture, where "grandma" is part of the generation that believes in the pop culture Rosemond is ref…

Pop Quiz

I used to love to get teeny bopper magazines, mainly because of the quizzes. You know the ones where you answer a few questions and find out if "He's the one" or "Your perfect pasttime" I thought I'd try my hand at creating one today about our relationship with our church. And it's not about whether or not your church is doing a good job, but how good of a congregant are you. A snazzy title might be


What's your passion level for the bride of Christ?
1. It's Sunday and worship starts in one hour. I am      a. pouring another cup of coffee while the kids watch SpongeBob.      b. realizing what time it is and start yelling at the kids to get out of bed.      c. already at church in Sunday School.
2. During the sermon, I normally      a. take the time to fix that hangnail that's been bothering me all week.      b.taking notes on the sermon to ask the pastor about them later.      c. am asleep on the couch or at a soccer game.
3. When people ask m…