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. CAROLYN ADAMS says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter.
    I like you on fb

    The most important thing I think is working together in everything, communication, house duties, taking care of the kids, ect. When you have thing in order you will find yourself happier and your family happy as well.

  2. Telsha says:

    I FB/subscribed and LOVE your site! Pick me for this giveaway I NEED this book! 😉

    • Telsha says:

      I forgot to mention the thing I think is most important in marriage- I think selflessness and communication is huge. If we are thinking only of ourselves we will fail if we aren’t expressing ourselves we will fail.

  3. Vanity Caldwell says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter; I like you on FB. The most important thing I think in a marriage is communication and keeping arguments between the two of you. If you and your spouse can’t communicate with each other then you’re going to have problems. And I’ve learned, through others experience, that when you have an argument try to keep it between the two of you. Getting friends and family involved just makes it an even bigger problem because everyone has to put in their 2 cents.

  4. Carly Jenkins says:

    I really loved this book!!! My husband and I got it for our wedding and read it together. It had some great things in it!!!! Best book I have ever read!

  5. Melissa says:

    I feel that showing your spouse love and appreciation everyday is the most important thing in a marriage along side a cup of communication!!

  6. Rebecca Loveland says:

    I am signed up to your newsletter and am have liked you on FB. I feel the most important thing in a marriage relationship, is the ever lasting friendship spouses should have. Friendship is the basis and an essential part of marriage! without friendship your marriage cannot progress. Now what is friendship, it’s the complete trust, love, the silly times and team work, etc…

  7. Shonda says:

    I subscribe to your newsletter. I like you on FB. What strengthens my marriage is everyday connection with prayer (and saying “yes” to my husband!).

  8. Jenn says:

    Yes I am an \official newsletter\ reader, a facebook junkie and I think Trust is one of the most important things in a marriage

  9. Jenn says:

    Ok my friends….I’m sure alot of you have already heard about this amazing website that has great information on improving your relationship with your husband and the best part is….they have amazing and way fun ideas for dating your spouse. Take a look at…..www.thedatingdivas.com. There is a free give away for a fabulous book too!

    I posted this on Facebook.

  10. Lacy Myers says:

    I’m a reader and fb junky :)

    I pray for my husband everyday and go to bed when he does…even if all we do is cuddle :)

  11. Lacy Myers says:

    I sent a text to my coffee ladies :)

    “Hey ladies! Check out this give away for the book we were talking about the other day! If one of you wins it I call first dubs on borrowing it! :)


  12. Jessica Wakefield says:

    I just became a newsletter reader and am exciting to hear of new insights on dating my honey and strengthening my marriage. I check FB WAY too much, but am looking forward to what you divas have to offer! I think the most important thing in strengthening my marriage is to be conscious and aware of my husband’s needs and desires and not just focus on myself and what I may think he’s not doing for me…so in all, I should be more aware of him!

  13. Michelle says:

    I’m a subscriber, I like you on Facebook, and the most important thing is trust.

  14. Roxanne says:

    I subscribe and like you on FB. To me, communication is the most important thing in marriage.

    I have wanted to read this book forever!

  15. Roxanne says:

    I’m not ashamed to say it, my hubby does the dishes!

  16. Wendy says:

    Love your newsletter & I’m already a FB junkie! I feel like the most important part of marriage is the communication. No matter the topic, you have to communicate or you have problems!

  17. Wendy says:

    I’M NOT ASHAMED TO SAY IT – I love my honey because he’s always so supportive even when he doesn’t want to!

  18. Whitney says:

    I subscribed. I think one of the most important things in a marriage is service. I think you’ll find that the moe service you do for your spouse, the more your love grows for them.

  19. kalie g says:

    I subscribed and liked you on facebook!
    Most important thing is trust!

  20. kalie g says:

    I tweeted this:
    Win a book at Rockin’ Review: – http://bit.ly/eOuQ2d! Great giveaway!

  21. The site that has the most married-life fun is giving away the most complete LDS-based book on improving your sex life! Why aren’t you clicking on the link already? I’m entering their give-away, and you should, too! (Actually, I wrote this, not the Dating Divas. Really.) I read the book, and it is The. Best. Ever.
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  22. Oh! My advice? Forgive your spouse. Forgive yourself. Then go out for ice cream and tell each other stories about when you were first dating. Works every time.

  23. Tresta says:

    I am a Newsletter reader and fb junkie. I think the most important thing in marriage is communication. Knowing what each other needs in order to feel loved (5 love languages), but also their backgrounds and future dreams. I think a very close second is physical contact – hugs, kisses, … even just a touch. When I am busy with the children or other things my husband squeezes my shoulder or brushes my hand as he walks by me, I love his touch. :)

  24. Emilee Vonk says:

    I have subscribed to your newsletter and like you on facebook. My friend turned me on to this website and it looks great! Lots of great ideas. I htink communication is the best thing for a marriage. We all need to work on that.

  25. Candace says:

    Newsletter and FB… I am a huge fan of the Divas!

    Some advice that I have gotten over the years that I tell all newly weds is “The couples that shower together, stay together”. I just think you need to keep working at your love. Just because you have caught them doesn’t mean you get to keep them. Also it takes two! No one person can keep a marriage together and no one person can tear it appart. Anything worth having is worth working for.

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