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The Art of the First Date: Because Datings Not a ScienceIts an Art (Marriable Series) [Paperback]

By Hayley DiMarco (Author) & Michael DiMarco (Author)
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Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.9" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2006
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0800731484  
EAN  9780800731489  

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Item Description...
Men and women are different! That's why figuring out how to act around the opposite sex can be confusing, especially if you're looking for love. Hayley and Michael DiMarco have the practical advice you need to paint a first date masterpiece. The Art of the First Date answers crucial questions, like

How can I make a great first impression?
What do I need to know about online dating?
Should I plan where to go or just "wing it"?
Who asks and who pays?
Hayley and Michael also reveal clever conversation starters, tips on flirting and complimenting, and guidelines for telephone calls and saying good night.

Whether you're looking for Mr. or Ms. Right at the grocery store, work, church, or in cyberspace, you can be confident in your search. And it all starts with the first date!

Community Description
For adult singles, first dates can be both exciting and excruciating. With a direct style, this husband and wife team offers encouraging advice on essential topics such as how to get that initial date, what to do and say once you meet, the risk of rejection, how to build a lasting relationship, and more.
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More About Hayley DiMarco & Michael DiMarco

Hayley DiMarco Hayley DiMarco is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including Dateable, Mean Girls, Over It, Die Young, God Girl, The God Girl Devotional Bible and The Fruitful Wife. She spent the early part of her career working for a little shoe company called Nike in Portland, Oregon and Thomas Nelson Publishers in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2002, She founded her company Hungry Planet.

Hayley has been a featured guest speaker for such large events as Women of Faith, Precept National Women’s Convention, D6 Conference, and MOPS Intl. Leadership Convention among others. She has also consulted on the creation and enhancement of some of the largest stadium events tuned to teens and young women in North America.

Hayley is married to another bestselling author, Michael DiMarco, and is mother to the most amazing daughter on the planet.

Hayley DiMarco currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee.

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Is it art, or merely kitsch?  Jun 18, 2006
Full disclosure: I don't really like dating. I hate the anxiety, the dashed expectations, and the games. But when there's chemistry, shared passions, and good conversation, it's better than a ride on my Harley. The ambiguity makes me wish there were a better way to get a spouse. But people are people, and we can't help but dork up all the artificial relational systems we create to ensure certainty. For better or worse, dating is our dominant cultural norm for snagging a mate (Yeah, I know about courting. If that's your deal, then get thee hence to a Joshua Harris book and leave us infidels to our sad fate).

"The Art of the First Date" is one of a two-book (so far) series of small-sized relational guides from Hayley and Michael DiMarco. The other is "The Art of Rejection," which I enjoyed along with their earlier book, "Marriable." So I figured I'd check this one out as well. It's a basic how-to manual for dating, done with the usual DiMarco humorous style and visual flair. They discuss flirting, making a good first impression, and their idea of male and female romantic roles (man pursues, woman responds).

I'm ambivalent about "The Art of the First Date." On the one hand, I appreciated some of the advice. For example, I have a tendency to be too transparent, and the authors are correct to caution against that. Also, I agree in principle (if not always in action) that the man should take charge and be the initiator. I know from experience that women appreciate nice guys more in fantasy than in real life. And the DiMarco's creative dating ideas could come in handy sometime.

But on the other hand, I'm a little skeptical about their equation of extroversion with character and maturity. Psychopaths tend to be socially astute and initially likeable, but no one wants to bring Ted Bundy or Aileen Wuornos home to mother. It's critical that Christians avoid becoming unequally yoked, and the DiMarcos minimize that pitfall in favor of meeting cute and being "mysterious." I've seen too many marriages shipwrecked on the shoals of false fronts and immaturity to let their too-cool-for-school counsel slide. Indeed, they could use a little injection of courting's Biblical focus.

It seems that attractive, intelligent people like the DiMarcos take their social acceptability for granted. It's easier for "pretty people" to be outgoing, because our culture naturally rewards hot and hip folks for stepping out. There's a danger here of relying too much on outward appearance and suave technique vs. cultivating solid character and Scriptural discernment. And that's ultimately how this book struck me - heavy on external hipness, but light on internal fortitude. Like the rest of their books, the DiMarcos minimize the Biblical in favor of the cultural. With so much on the line, I really struggle with that kind of focus.

At any rate, despite its lack of spiritual depth, the DiMarcos provide useful dating tips in a lighthearted manner. If you read "The Art of the First Date" on that level, you'll be able to polish some social rough spots. But use it with discernment, and in conjunction with something meatier.

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