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It stinks, doesn’t it. But what can you do to fix it? More than you’ve ever imagined. You can put an end to the datelessness. Starting today―right now―you can begin a journey that will bring fun and interesting people into your life, broaden your experience of others and yourself, and lead you toward that date of all dates―a date worth keeping. This book is for YOU if · You want to get more dates or better dates. · You wonder where “the good ones” are. · You keep repeating the same old cycle in your dating life and want to change it. · You wonder why people who aren’t as nice as you get all the dates. · You’re attracted to the wrong kind, while the right kind lack the “chemistry.” · You’re waiting for God to bring you the right person―and you’ve been waiting an awfully long time. · You wonder what it is about you that fails to attract dates. With over ten years of experience personally coaching singles on dating, Dr. Henry Cloud shares his proven, very doable, step-by-step approach to overcoming your sticking points and getting all the dates you could want. The results speak for themselves. Filled with true-life examples you’ll identify with instantly, How to Get a Date Worth Keeping will prove its worth to you many times over in the exciting months ahead.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1/15/05 edition (February 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310262658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310262657
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

Guide to healthy dating

 on November 29, 2015
By Amazon Customer
I bought this book in 2004 but am writing my review in 2015. This book changed my life, and helped me find the man of my dreams, to whom I’ve been ecstatically married for 9 years (known him for 10). After going through a painful surprise divorce in 2001, following a 12 year lackluster marriage, I knew my “picking” abilities needed an overhaul, and this book helped me do that once I was ready to get back into the dating pool. I was in my early 40’s at that time – a scary time to have to start over. Though the book is written from a Christian perspective, its main goal is to help you know yourself and truly get to know those that you date, whether you’re religious/spiritual or not. I used this book thoroughly and daily, reading and re-reading questions and points in it before each time I went out in public and especially before and after a date. One of its revolutionary principles is to slow down and use dating for its true intentions — to get to know each other and yourself, before being blinded by chemistry or prematurely committed to exclusivity. It asks you to really notice how you are as a person when you are with someone (Am I presenting only my ideal self? Am I not being real? Am I imagining he’s someone he’s not instead of seeing who is really there? Am I explaining away red flags in my mind?, etc.), and also notice whether the other person is doing these same things during the dating process. Using this book opened my eyes to the patterns of dating behaviors that had caused me to pick the wrong person the first time around. I realized I had a habit of idealizing people, and letting them idealize me, so in essence each of us was not actually coming into contact with the real “self” of the other person at all! Using this book, I was able to stay real, notice if others were staying real, and go slowly enough to wait for someone who was mature, healthy, and ready for an equal relationship. I grew myself up and dealt with my insecurities. I got better at seeing early on whether others would be a good fit, and stopped trying to compensate for incompatibilities that were deal-breakers. I accepted each person as they were, instead of thinking about how things would be great if he changed this or that, or I did. I listened to my real needs, instead of explaining them away or letting them go underground. I began looking for a relationship with true equality. I noticed how I communicated, and how my date did. I noticed how we each handled stressful situations and difficult conversations. I learned the art of saying, “It was great meeting you but I don’t think we’re a good match,” something I found difficult to do as a woman, and something I had never said in the past. I learned to trust that the right guy was out there, and I didn’t have to be too fearful to hold out for him. As a result of all this, in 2006 I married the love of my life, and after 10 years we still can’t look at each other’s eyes when we disagree, because we’ll break out in silly grins and dissolve into mutual “I love you’s.” Of course no relationship is perfect, and we sometimes have disagreements, but we still feel like we’re on our honeymoon, and it’s a true, grown-up, passionate, healthy relationship in which I become my best self, and he becomes his best self, because we’re with each other. We’ve jointly raised both our kids, and weathered some pretty stressful situations together, and we’re now in our 50’s. I have recommended this book to others probably 50 times at least. There are no guarantees in life, but this book contains real gems, practical steps to try, and an insightful roadmap toward healthy self-awareness. Highly recommend!

Great book. Great Biblical references, but not preachy

 on May 7, 2017
By E. Wright
I read the book and am on board to start dating. I agree about the overall philosophy that dating is not exactly about finding the right person, but about becoming the right person. It is described in the book as a process. I just wish more single women would read it. I’ve been reading books and watching youtube videos for years on how to get a girlfriend and still can’t even get a date.

Online Dating is no Malt Shop

 on July 27, 2017
By Gene Cisco
This is a re-booting of 50s safety concerns for those trying to position themselves for online dating, the new “hanging out.” Dr. Cloud does a wonderful job for those timid to meet face-to-face with potential love interests here by gently coaxing both sexes to refer to the good book occasionally and reminding both to be the best person inside before attracting their love interest. It explains on some levels the failure rate of marriages in the way the sexes went about their attractions without being grounded in the essentials that would guarantee a more lasting mate without admonishing or shaming. Part therapy, part re-booting of 50s safeguards with The Word. The Word does not err.

Worth reading

 on June 16, 2014
By NutellaBabe
Doesn’t honestly tell you anything you haven’t figured out but reading these things on paper made me have realize that the things I have been doing were definitely not working. And if you want to get same results, keep doing same thing.

Other Dating Book Is Better

 on September 3, 2015
By Heather
The book had some insightful thoughts and provoking ideas, but a nice portion of the book was on how to follow his dating steps which includes dating a bunch of people. I did not want to necessarily have steps thrown at me. I wanted to know more of what values and characteristics to look for, and what should be seen as automatic deal-breakers. This book was just not necessarily what I hoped it would be. Henry is absolutely great; I recommend his other dating book Boundaries in Dating. It was extrmely helpful for me!

This book changed my life!

 on October 5, 2017
By Laura Austin
Dr. Cloud helped me see that I needed to get proactive in my dating life if I truly desired to get married. His program that’s laid out in this book got me praying about my desires again, meeting new men, and eventually I met, dated, and married a wonderful man. I actually didn’t like a lot of the things Dr. Cloud said when I first read it, but over time I realized he was right in so many ways. Give it a read!

What a wake up call!

 on July 18, 2014
By g-web
As someone who has in the past believed in the fallacy that God has “one perfect person” for me and I will somehow recognize them right away, this book brings much needed clarity.

Changed My LIfe

 on January 9, 2017
By Marie DuBois
This book challenged and changed my thinking about dating this past summer. I’ve been much more willing to take (calculated) risks in accepting dates since reading this, and it has been a lot of fun!

Must Read

 on May 30, 2014
By JD
This book is a must read for many whether single and dating or not single and looking for friends. Learn to meet new people and get to know them without making a commitment too soon before you know them. Learn how different personalities affect you; you may be surprised that who you were looking for isn’t what you thought at all.