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. Carly says:

    I am an official “newsletter reader” and FB junkie 😉
    I think the two most important things in a marriage are:
    Never stop dating each other

  2. Carly says:

    I also just tweeted this (at twitter.com/busygaltips):
    “Check out this book review by @thedatingdivas – sounds interesting! http://www.thedatingdivas.com/giveaways/laura-brotherson/

  3. Julia Jacob says:

    I am an official “newsletter reader” and FB junkie and I really really really would LOVE to get this book!!!

    First, let me say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE your website. My husband and I have been doing a lot of these dates and I think it has really helped us grow closer in the last few months since we found the site. He even thanked me on V-Day for all of the amazing dates and the effort I’ve been putting into them to strengthen our marriage and time together. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!

    I think there are many important things in a marriage that you must do to keep it strong. Patience, compromise, intimacy, etc. but the MOST important to me is simply loving each other unconditionally. If you just love your spouse, things will work out. If you didn’t love each other, you wouldn’t care if feelings got hurt or there weren’t dates or talking. You would just go day to day living in the same house as husband and wife, possibly wondering why you got married in the first place. If you keep love in your marriage by talking to each other, making time for each other (dates) and really remembering why you are married; marriage can be strong and amazing! I LOVE my husband so much and I know he loves me and we can get through anything that happens, knowing we will always be there for each other and there will always be someone to love you.

  4. Julia Jacob says:

    I’m not ashamed to say it, my husband is HOT and he would do absolutely ANYTHING for me!!! I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Julia Jacob says:

    favorite new website!! http://www.datingdivas.com Eric and I have had SO MUCH FUN doing these dates! Check it out!



  6. Gina says:

    I am now subscribed! FB junkie-from my personal account so I will get ALL your updates! And I think friendship is close to the top.

    I just found your blog and you have inspired me in SO many ways! THANK YOU!

  7. Sarah says:

    I am a *new* FB follower

    The most important thing in my marriage is time to talk and time to listen :o)

  8. Amber R says:

    I am a newsletter reader and FB fan!!! Look at this website every day!!

    Trust, communication, and doing fun things for each other (like dating).

  9. Andrea says:

    I am subscribed to the newsletter as well as a FB junkie!
    I think the most important thing in a marriage is communication and forgiveness.

  10. Brandi says:

    I’m a newsletter reader and a fb fan. I posted a shout-out on fb with a link:

    Free Book giveaway: And They Were Not Ashamed

    by the famous

    Laura Brotherson
    http://www.thedatingdivas.com/giveaways/laura-brotherson/See More
    Rockin’ Review and Giveaway: Laura Brotherson | The Dating Divas
    Looking for an amazing book that will help strengthen any marriage? {Especially the intimacy area!} This would be THE one!

  11. Carmen says:

    I subscribed to the newsletter and I’m a FB junkie!
    I think the most important thing in a marriage is communication, forgiveness and always showing your spouse how much you love them.

  12. Chantelle says:

    I am a subscriber and Like you on FB

    I think the most important thing in a marriage is good communication.

  13. Staci says:

    I am an official “newsletter reader” and “FB junkie”!!!!

    Among the many important things in a marriage, I think the most important things in mine are communication, service, and patience.

  14. JoAnn says:

    I am officially a newsletter reader, AND have been a FB junkie for a while now. :-)

    The most important part of a marriage, well…in my marriage, is the “anxious concern” for my spouse. If we have that, the rest sort of falls into place.

  15. Laural Janke says:

    I’m a newsletter subscriber and a FB junkie (I spend way too much time checking out the things you guys post on there!). I think the most important thing is to keep doing things together. We may not always be able to afford “going out”, but we try to watch movies together, play games, we play our trumpets together every week, even having snacks together (all of these WITHOUT the children). If you LIKE to be together, other things seem to fall into place better.

  16. Gail says:

    I am an official “newsletter reader” AND FB junkie and communication is very important.

  17. Megan Dompier says:

    I love your blog! FB fan and newsletter reader!! I shared this post and said: “These ladies know what they’re talking about!! Don’t wait until next Valentines Day to find romance, check out The Dating Divas!”. You can find it @ http://www.facebook.com/megandompier

    I feel that the most important thing in a relationship is to feel like you are always on the same team! You’ve both gotta feel like you have each others back, it’s you two against the world.
    Thanks for all your great ideas! <3

  18. Jessica says:

    I am a new letter reader, and facebook Junkie/ friend of the divas.

    The most important thing about marriage is honest communication, both speaking freely and truly listening.

  19. Stephanie says:

    I am a newsletter reader and a follower on facebook! One of the most important things in a healthy marriage is Communication! Can’t wait to read this book!

  20. Heather says:

    I’m an official newsletter reader and facebook follower on facebook! One of the most important things about marriage is not being a servant! Being a servant and loving your spouse like one is the greatest asset you can provide for your marriage. It’s not easy but it works! When I want to be selfish and have it my way, I rethink. When I want to puff up and stay frustrated, I rethink! I am so excited about this book and the datingdivas! HOORAY!

  21. Camille says:

    I am totally a FB junkie and of course a newsletter subscriber!!
    I think the most important part of a relationship is communication…but communication in ALL areas including spiritual, sexual, emotional, etc.

  22. Brandy says:

    I’m a newsletter reader and a facebook follower. Communication is SO important in marriage!

  23. Marty says:

    I’m a fan on facebook.
    Communication, Communication , Communication. And remembering why/how you fell in love with each other.

  24. Camille says:

    Here’s my tweet:
    The @DatingDivas are giving away yet ANOTHER book…and 2 of them! I totally want one. Head on over to enter because the giveaway ends 2nite

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