52 Uncommon Dates


52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing and Staying Together by Randy Southern. Moody Publishers. 2014. 223 pgs. 

I was intrigued by 52 Uncommon Dates and was even more excited to read it after I saw that the introduction was written by Gary Chapman (New York Times bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages). The concept of the book was appealing, but unfortunately the book didn’t meet my expectations. Perhaps a different title would have worked better for me as I just didn’t find that the majority of the dates were “uncommon.” I approached the book hoping to find date ideas that I hadn’t heard of before or that I see as typical suggestions for date nights. The less common dates that were mentioned in the book seemed too cheesy for my husband and I, but maybe that’s just us. 

I did like that each date is listed as a separate chapter and starts with relevant scripture and a brief statement or two by Gary Chapman. Toward the end of each chapter the date is tied into The Five Love Languages and how you can connect the date to God either with prayer before during or after the date. If you haven’t read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, I would strongly recommend it before getting this book. 

Overall, I found the book initially appealing and thought the layout was carefully crafted. However, when it came down to it, I finished the book with few new date ideas for my husband and I. 

I received this book free of charge for my honest opinion. 

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