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. Melody says:

    That we sacrifice for each other. If you really love the other person, you put their needs ahead of your own. If each of you are doing that, then you are more in tune with each other and even yourself. Your needs are being met and so are your spouses. That is true love. That is a satisfied partnership. That is the most important thing in a marriage (besides God!)

  2. Christy M says:

    I’m not ashamed to say it. I love my man because he inspires me to be my best. He is very encouraging and supportive in the things I want to do. He is also a great listener. We can talk about anything.
    I subscribe to your emails, and I am a facebook fan.

  3. Amy says:

    I am an official newsletter reader and a FB junkie. Thanks, I have always wanted to read this book.

  4. Amy says:

    I ‘m not ashamed to say it, I love my husband because he works so hard for us so that I can stay home with our 6 children.

  5. Sandi says:

    I’ve been a newsletter girl since you started newsletters :)
    I think, for myself anyways, in order to have a strong marriage, then there’s got to be humor with both people. I don’t know how many times my husband and I have handled a hard/random situation with laughter. It gives you something to look back on and smile about :)

  6. Amy says:

    I think one of the most important things to do in a marriage is to communicate. Sometimes we as women think that our husbands should know what we want or how we are feeling but most of the time they don’t. You have to be able to talk to each other and share with each other.

  7. Debra P says:

    I have been following this blog through google reader and love all the ideas and help to get my brain working. I think one of the most important part of marriage is communication in all things. I have found we aren’t always on the same page on the same issue and just talking about it helps you to choose the best option since we are bound to come up with different things.

  8. Stephanie says:

    I am a newsletter subscriber, love to see it in my inbox. I also am a FB junkie. Love you website and all the fun ideas. I would love this book.

  9. Alisa says:

    I subscribe to your emails and Facebook. The most important thing for me in marriage is being able to talk to my spouse about anything and know that he will always listen to me.

  10. Stephanie says:

    I am not ashamed to say it I love my husband because he is an awesome father to our 2 boys. He is a wonderful husband.

  11. Alisa says:

    I emailed my sister a link to your website about the giveaway.

  12. Kassie P says:

    Totally have the newsletter and a facebook fan! :)
    I think I have to agree on communication. We are just newly married so we are still trying to work through some stuff. Without communication….it would be impossible!

  13. MaryBeth says:

    I’m not ashamed to say it: I love my hubby because he will drop anything to do something for me

  14. Kassie P says:

    ummm it seemed to not post this…Totally have the newsletter and a facebook fan! :)
    I think I have to agree on communication. We are just newly married so we are still trying to work through some stuff. Without communication….it would be impossible!

  15. MaryBeth says:

    I’m a subscriber & like you on facebook.

    I think the most important thing in marriage is to realize it isn’t 50-50, it has to be 100-100, meaning that each person must be giving everything they have to the marriage!

  16. Gabi says:

    I am not ashamed to say it. I love my husband because he’s arrogant :)

  17. Gabi says:

    I am a follower and communication is the most important thing in marriage.

  18. Sarah says:

    I like you on FB and subscribe to your RSS feed. Two people who have the singular destination of knowing God will naturally draw closer to each other in the process.

  19. Jessica H says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter.
    I “like” you on facebook.

    Something I think that makes a marriage stronger is patience and understanding. You have to be patient and remember that most of the petty little things that drive us crazy really aren’t important. You also have to be patient as your spouse learns about you, what you like & don’t and what works for you and doesn’t. Don’t expect instant understanding on the part of your spouse. I also believe you must be understanding of your spouse. Understanding when they are having a tough day, when they do things differently than you, when he clings to certain traditions or quirks {like always leaving every single door in the house open……not that I would know anything about that 😉 }. I feel like both of these things are important and have strengthen our marriage because we don’t “fly off the handle” and let our emotions run away with us. At least, this works for us.

  20. Lindsey says:

    COMMUNICATION! The most important. I am a follower.

  21. Jessica H says:

    “I’m not ashamed to say it” . . . . . .
    . . . . . . . My hubby will always drop everything he is doing and help me. No matter how important what he was previously doing was to him, he will forget about it if I need him. No questions, no “just a minute”s. Always right away and always just because I asked.

  22. Juana says:

    I’m an official newsletter reader and a FB junkie! I feel communication is the most important aspect in working to make your marriage stronger.

  23. Elyssa says:

    I confess, I feel like a blog stalker when it comes to your site! I’m definitely a fan on facebook and now I get the newsletter! Thanks so much for all of the effort you put into this site! I think that the most important thing in a marriage is love. Unconditional, unrestrained love and charity for your spouse.

  24. Teona Humphries says:

    Going on a weekly date seems to really bless our marriage (which is why I love this websites so much, so many fun ideas) it gives you time for each other. Time out of our busy lives and lets each other know that you are still the most important thing in my life.

    I liked you on facebook, and subscribed to your newsletter and while on facebook left this comment:

    The Dating Divas!!- I just recently discovered this website and have been hooked! I used their Valentine Idea for a gift for Wayne and he loved it. I also love all the fun dating ideas. They also review marriage books. They just read “And They Were Not Ashamed” they liked it so much they are giving away two copies. Check out the website to find out more.www.thedatingdivas.com

  25. Kayla Stoker says:

    I singed up for your newsletter and I liked you on Facebook.
    I think the most important thing in marriage is the constant act of going out of your way to make the one you love happy!

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