52 Uncommon Dates by Randy Southern is a guide for couples who are looking to spice up their normal routine and learn more about each other, growing closer to each other and closer to God. Southern stresses that dating should not stop at marriage, and that continuing a fun and loving relationship takes work.
Each date is prefaced by a Bible verse and a quote by Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, that relates to the date. Some dates were really cute and sounded fun, others were not so much my thing. That was the nice thing about this book: there were dates for everyone. A pretty big number of the dates seemed awkward and unrealistic, but some people might be into those. Needless to say, all of the dates are incredibly cheesy.
The book was split into 52 chapters, one for each date. Each chapter includes a Bible verse, a quote, a description of the date, things to discuss, preparation, and other available related Scripture. I would recommend reading Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages, because this book relies heavily on the content of Chapman’s book. This is almost completely geared toward married couples.
I gave this book 2.5/5 stars. It didn’t contain any groundbreaking new information or ideas, I would describe it as “fine”, but I probably wouldn’t really recommend it to people either.
*I received a copy of the book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.