October 9, 2010
Rockin’ Review: John Bytheway
WE are so excited for this book review! We had TWO of our incredible divas, Kiirsten and Charlene, read and review this easy read book just for you! They did an amazing job summarizing it up! Check it out and then leave us some love at the end so you are entered in our giveaway!
Oooh! I love how this book pumps you up with ways to keep your marriage going smoothly and that newlywed spark alive! John Bytheway and his wife, Kimberly, take you on a journey through the main obstacles they discovered in married life (Wow, the same ones I have found… imagine that! LOL) and along with great humor and helpful encouragement, they lead the way to some valuable solutions!
Communication, budgeting, showing appreciation, intimacy, dating and managing expectations are just a few of the areas they explore. I can’t even remember how many times I caught myself nodding and giggling to myself over how true something was! All these great ideas of how to be an awesome team as well as an awesome wife are just the beginning. I realize how much better of a mommy I am when I practice these principles in my love and actions towards my kids, too!
This is a book I actually received as a gift when I got married, and if you can’t tell, it’s one of the best things I could have received! This should be a staple at every reception gift table!
I am so excited to share this book with you! Regardless what the title says we have been married for 3 1/2 years and the great tips in, What We Wish We Would of Known When We Were Newlyweds, by John and Kim Bytheway has only improved our already growing marriage! There were so many things we already do as a married couple and some things it was nice to know we weren’t the only ones struggling with that issue! (Let’s be honest, we all have our own set of trials!)
They later expound on, listening and how it is so powerful. It says, “You and your feelings are important to me and I have time for you.” They also point out that,”Being married does not give you the power of a mind reader!” It is so important to avoid the attitude of, “Well, if you don’t know what’s wrong, I’m not going to tell you!” They so simply explain that when you are in a disagreement the goal is to say things in the kindest and gentlest way. Because eventually you will “kiss and make up.” Oh, I know that’s so sweet
They wrote a really good chapter on Money Matters. This is such an important part of marriage! They stress the importance of communicating when it comes to that topic. “Talk about and agree on your financial goals, and then make a commitment to be disciplined about spending limits.” They make the point of delaying gratification….sacrifice now for that goal or reward you desire later.
Word of Advice: Don’t start reading without a pen or pencil in hand! Mine is marked up cover to cover with with big stars, hearts and many underlined quotes and tips. Now when I need just a little inspiration I can open my copy of, What We Wish We Would of Known When We Were Newlyweds and lightly skim what I underlined.
You can order your own copy at Amazon, Deseret Book, and Barnes & Noble.
Now to enter the Giveaway… We have THREE possible ways in which you can enter:
#1 – By being a PUBLIC follower of our blog and telling us what YOU wish you would’ve know when you were a newlywed.