February 15, 2011

Rockin’ Review: Laura Brotherson



The Giveaway HAS ended!! Please check our Facebook fanpage for the winners!! :)

Congrats to Amy N. & Stephanie!

It’s THAT time again!! Our rockin’ review on another fabulous book that we have read! Yay!! And wait… dun dun dun… a GIVEAWAY too!!!

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And They Were Not Ashamed

by the famous

Laura Brotherson

“Friendship is a vital and wonderful part of courtship and marriage. A relationship between a man and a woman that begins with friendship and then ripens into romance and eventually marriage will usually become an enduring, eternal friendship. Nothing is more inspiring in todays world of easily dissolved marriages than to observe a husband and wife quietly appreciating and enjoying each others friendship year in and year out as they experience together the blessings and trials of mortality.”

We all know that there is no such thing as a perfect marriage! Right? Along with that, I can’t imagine anyone’s sex life being perfect either! Right? Well maybe some of yours are!? {WINK WINK} Either way, would you like to learn a little more on how to really connect with your spouse in this area?

Ever wonder how to talk to your children about sex? Ours are babies and we’re getting nervous for that day already! :)

Do you work with teenagers at school or church? Do you ever get asked questions about sex that you are unsure how to answer “safely” without spilling the conversation beans or TOO MUCH INFO?

This book would be perfect for you if you have answered “YES” to any or all of these questions!

Let us share with you… or shall we say, “let Laura share her advice with you!”

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First!! Our favorite part of this book has to be when Laura talks about “Becoming One-Emotional Intimacy…” which is what every woman wants right? Things like… date night, accepting yourself, forgiving and accepting your spouse, nurturing your friendship, loving in the right Love Language, communication, and creating marriage traditions!  She is so good at sharing her advice as well as giving suggestions for all these things… even date night! 😉 It was amazing to me when I thought about all the areas that could help my marriage AND the areas that have helped my own marriage already! Also, after every chapter, there is a homework section which is so genius! Such a fun activity for every couple to get to know each other *better*! You simply answer questions about the chapters topic and discuss it with your spouse afterwards so you are both on the same page! Besides emotional intimacy, she also covers spiritual intimacy and physical intimacy in depth. These are three key factors to a great marriage!

An amazingly true quote on Real Love… Dr. Harville Hendrix has described the state of real love as a spiritual experience with “many moments of ecstatic highs… an immense sense of well-being, a ‘relaxed joyfulness’ [and]… vibrant aliveness” {DON’T YOU  ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT??} He contends, “Real love lasts! It is built upon the rock of character change, which makes it possible to hold the experience and maintain it when the storms come.”

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Ever heard of the “good girl” syndrome? This book is incredible at expaining the importance of having a good sex life in your marriage! Some of you can probably relate to the good girl syndrome, feeling like sex may be more evil than good. You were always told to wait for marriage or that “special” person.  So if you did, when you do finally tie the knot, all of a sudden it’s ok??? Yes it is!! Laura explains very, very well how it is a gift from God, and it is a great thing in all marriages!! Seasoned marriages OR new ones!

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One of the big reasons we volunteered to read this book was for the excellent advice on speaking to your children about sex. It seems more and more children are engaging in sexual activities at younger ages. Teen pregnancy rates are up, soon it will be 10 and 11 year olds having babies. If you are ok with that, that’s completely up to you. {LOL} I, Wendy, would prefer my kids enjoyed their childhood as kids and not parents. So, I was super interested in how to teach my kids about sex. Letting them know it is natural and good, but that it is special and that they should wait until they are married.  I love love love the angle Laura takes on this.  And They Were Not Ashamed gives very educational classy suggestions on how to speak to any future generation child about this important topic. Well worth the reading… I promise!

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This book has so much information, it is hard to review just a few parts of it. We think any marriage struggling with any of these things or not, could benefit from this book! Get yours today on Amazon! Also, check out Laura’s website here for more great information on strengthening your marriage! She is always posting great ideas to keep the romance alive!  We are HUGE fans of hers!   :)

But we saved the best part for last… we are giving away 2 copies of her AWESOME book to our fabulous readers for FREE!

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Wanna Enter THIS Giveaway?

Such a great and informative book!!  So….if you would like to enter THIS giveaway….you can do so by combining the following information….in ONE comment….

#1 – By subscribing to The DATING DIVA Weekly Newsletter {top right-hand corner of the website} & if you dont already “like” us on Facebook, do that… and then let us know you are an official “newsletter reader” AND FB junkie in your comment.


#2 – Please share with us what you feel the most important thing is in a marriage, to make it the strongest!?!

{Include ALL of the above in just ONE comment. Thank you!!}

Would you like an EXTRA SEPARATE entry??

#3 – Spread the word about THIS giveaway via email, blog post, text message, Facebook, or Twitter {Please re-post your actual ”Shout-Out” that you sent to all your friends in your comment below & let us know which networking method above you used.  A link-back to that post/tweet/etc.  if possible, would also be great!}

The giveaway will end tomorrow night, February 16th at 11:00 MST. We will announce the winners on our Facebook Fan Page on Thursday, February 17th – so don’t forget to check back to see if the winner is YOU!! Open only to those living in the U.S. – SO sorry!!


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137 Responses to “Rockin’ Review: Laura Brotherson”

  1. I get your newsletter and I “like” you on Facebook :)

    To me the most important thing other then Love is Communication with your spouse! Talking with each other about everything no secrets is what I think makes a marriage strong!

  2. Kelsie says:

    I am a subscriber. For me it has to be being friends. I think that’s huge!

  3. Kristi says:

    Fb fan and newsletter subsriber- thank you thank you for all the fab tips!
    Communication has the be one of the most important- you have to be on the same page with all aspects of your household- disapline, finance, chores etc…) Without communication my house would be a zoo!!

  4. Kelsie says:

    I’m not ashamed to say it I love my honey because I can be myself around him. He loves me for who I am!

  5. Bow-Chicka-Bow-Wow! My husband and I got married in the Mount Timpanogos temple. Almost 3 years ago :)

  6. Heather P says:

    I am a subscriber and I like you on FB! I think that having a Christ-Centered marriage is most important. After that, all the pieces will fall into place.

  7. Heather P says:

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I love it when my husband puts the baby to bed and lets me relax!

  8. I’m not ashamed to say it! I love my husband because he always treats me with the up most love and respect! He has never spoke badly of me, he is my best friend for life :)

  9. lori phippen says:

    I LOVE this website. I am ALWAYS telling my friends & family when they start up about spouses “you can fix that look at dating divas this idea or this idea would be great.” This last year while Jers was in Iraq I just missed him so much & realized how much I appreciated him & made a goal that when he returned I would never let a day go by without letting him know. Ideas from your website were great in care packages & for keeping our relationship strong while he was away. I think the most important things in a marriage Are #1 keep Christ at the center! Let your spouse know every day they are the best thing in your life. This website is great in ways to do so. I am excited to start getting your newsletter & I love facebook & like you on facebook!!

  10. Erica says:

    I am a new facebook follower/newsletter subscriber!
    I feel the most important thing to strengthen a marriage is learning to love your spouse in their love language, not your own….

  11. Newsletter reader and FB junkie over here!

  12. I’m not ashamed to say it, I love my husband because he is the only person who I can truly be myself around. Every single crazy bit of me.

  13. Lisa W says:

    I am subscribed to you newsletter and on facebook. The key to a good marriage is communication.

  14. angie h says:

    I’m a fb junkie and email reader! I love that we share in eachother’s interests, it isn’t all about him or all about me all the time.

  15. Ri says:

    Already a subscriber. One of the most important aspects of a good marriage is to be equally committed to each other and the marriage.

  16. megan c w says:

    I subscribed to the official newsletter and i’m a facebook junkie.

  17. megan c w says:

    I’m not ashamed to say it, but my husband has the same size feet as Me! He has small feet…I have big feet…but that’s what makes us SOLE MATES! :)

  18. Sierra says:

    I’m not ashamed to say it, I love my husband because we are perfect for each other. The longer I’m with him the more I realize there is NO ONE else that can put up with me as well as he can. My man is SO amazing!

  19. Christena says:

    I would LOVE this book. Thanks for the recommend. I’m new to this website and I’m so excited about it. I subscribed to the newsletter and like you on facebook. I’m very excited to try new things.

  20. Becky says:

    The most important thing to me in marriage is communication. I love when my hubby and I are on the same page! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. megan c w says:

    And i forgot to add this to my first comment so i’ll add it hear, but the thing that I think helps to make marriage the strongest is a combination of love, patience loyatly and help of divine assistance.

    I used facebook and spread the word about the giveaway. I posted on status: “This website I heard from a friend: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/
    They had ideas for dates with your husband, gifts make or get, and recipes. They also have a few giveaways that are marriage related. There is a giveaway happening right now so check it out. it end tonight.”

  22. Shayna says:

    WOW…I need this book for the talking about sex things. My 7 year old is getting there and I want to do it the right way and not just to chose to not talk about “it”.
    My marriage is pretty awesome and strong…I think it’s because we are FRIENDS. I treat him with respect and love and put him first whenever I can with my 4 kids around.
    I’m crossing my fingers that I win this awesome giveaway!

  23. Becky Boone says:

    I signed up for the newsletter and “like” you on FB. I think the most important thing is talking about the little stuff. If you always feel comfortable telling your husband the silly/mundane things that happened that day and vice versa, you hopefully will also be able to talk about the big things when they come up.

  24. Rachel says:

    I’m a newsletter subscriber and a FB fan. I think an important thing in marriage is both of you working at it 100% and not just part way.

  25. Rachel says:

    I’m not ashamed to say it. I love my husband because he is so willing to do anything. He’ll help clean the house, take care of our daughter so I can have some me time, and he will also watch chick flicks with me when I want to watch one. Those are just a few of the things that he’ll do. We also just click so well together. He is the best!

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