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It's no secret that there is a wide emotional gap between men and women. Couples crave love, but don't always know how to express it to their spouse.
LISTS TO LOVE BY FOR BUSY WIVES presents creative, practical ways for wives to bridge that gap and improve their marriage. These thirty lists will carry wives through an entire month of learning to love their husbands more deeply--advice they will come back to again and again. Highlights include:
- 8 Expectations for a Great Marriage
- 5 Things Husbands Wish Wives Knew
- 10 Things Husbands Want to Hear from Their Wives
- 7 Things You Should Stop Doing to Your Husband in Public
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
SUSAN MERRILL is the director of content for Family First and oversees the content creation and digital marketing of all Family First platforms including All Pro Dad, iMOM, Mark Merrill, and The Family Minute. Susan has appeared on a number of television programs, including Stossel on FOX, and was a weekly contributor to NHC affiliate Daytime show. Susan is the author of The Passionate Mom. She is married to Mark Merrill and the mother of their five children.
Table of Contents
List 1 7 Truths About Marriage 1
List 2 3 Things to Remember About Marriage 9
List 3 5 Powerful Words for Your Marriage 15
List 4 5 Things Wives Should Stop Doing 21
List 5 3 Keys to Unlock the Door to Intimacy 25
List 6 5 Unfair Expectations You May Have of Your Husband 31
List 7 10 Things Husbands Want to Hear from Their Wives 37
List 8 5 Things Husbands Wish Wives Knew 43
List 9 11 Things a Husband and Wife Must Agree On 49
List 10 8 Keys to Understanding What Your Husband Is Really Saying 53
List 11 5 Ways to Harden Your Heart 61
List 12 6 Reasons Your Married Sex Life Lacks Passion 67
List 13 4 Decisions That Define Forgiveness 73
List 14 10 Texts to Send Your Husband in the Next Ten Days 79
List 15 5 Things Your Husband Should Expect You to Be 83
List 16 8 Expectations for a Great Marriage 89
List 17 10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Husband 95
List 18 7 Things You Should Stop Doing to Your Husband in Public 101
List 19 What to Do When You're Not in the Mood 107
List 20 6 Ways to Push Your Husband Away 111
List 21 8 Creative Ways to Flirt with Your Husband 117
List 22 6 Things You Must Know About Your Husband 123
List 23 6 Things to Do When You're Lonely in Marriage 129
List 24 5 Ways to Use Body Language to Connect 135
List 25 10 Ways to Affair-Proof Your Marriage 141
List 26 10 Questions to Ask Your Husband Every Year 149
List 27 7 Things to Avoid When Fighting with Your Husband 155
List 23 5 Kinds of Compliments to Give Your Husband 161
List 29 7 Must Dos and Don'ts for Your Marriage 165
List 30 3 Truths About You 171
Conclusion: Moving Forward 177
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lists to Love By for Busy Wives: Simple Steps to the Marriage You Want is a must read for newlyweds, married couples, and people in committed relationships that are getting prepared for marriage. As I stated in the review for Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands, Marriage is work. But I also feel that Marriage is an investment. I know there are times when life has you running on empty, and that could leave a little time for couples to spend “us” time. Lists to Love By lets couples know that no matter how busy you are – there’s alway time to invest in your marriage. The discussions/exercises are an excellent tool for couples to have an open dialogue amongst each other. You will be surprised the new things you will learn about your spouse. It’s easy to get married, but it’s staying married that’s important. Marriage is not meant to be viewed as a prison sentence – it’s about finding that special person to spend the rest of your life with. Why not invest more into a lifetime commitment. I highly recommend this book! (Orsayor)
Lists to Love By for Busy Wives gives practical tips to improve your marriage. The fact that this book is written for people who are busy and on the go is great- I love that the lists are easy to read and implement for your daily life. Although I am not married yet, I am glad to get a head start on my future marriage with the advice in these lists. I am going to be giving a copy of the book to my future sister in law as part of her wedding shower gift! If you are looking for little ways to improve your marriage, get this book!
This is an amazing book!! I would highly recommend it to anyone. My husband and I are newlyweds and have found so many great tips through this book as we begin our marriage and lives together. We both are very busy and actually love making and completing To Do lists, so this has been a lifesaver for us. It is a quick read packed with applicable, realistic advice. I also love that the authors wrote separate books, one for wives and one for husbands to discuss different material, while at the same time weaving them together so that he and I can discuss the content. This is a must read!
Lists to Love By for Busy Wives is a companion book of Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands. These two books don't take a lot of time to read and yet have some creative and practical ways for spouses to bridge the gap and improve their relationship. Each Lists to Love By book contains thirty lists. I like the way these books have been designed. I like the idea of reading and applying a chapter a day for a month, The text of both books are generally the same. I think there should be a special if you buy both of them. Each book is written from the viewpoint of the spouse so there is some content that is specific to each gender. For example there is a chapter on pornography for men and a chapter on hardening your heart for women. Some of the topics I found the most useful were: The texts to send your spouse. What he really means when he says this... How to affair proof your marriage. They recommend knowing the love language of your spouse which I have found helpful. It is a fast easy read. You can read it with your spouse to see what resonates with them even if they are not willing to read it. There are questions that you can ask each other to discuss further and learn more about each other, again even if your spouse doesn’t want to read the book they man participate in the questions and discussion. I received this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. You can see my full review at More Than a Review dot com where I rate the level of sex, violence, language and drug/alcohol use in books.
Is one of your New Year's resolutions to improve your marriage? I recently got a chance to review two companion books that may help. Mark and Susan Merrill understand that couples crave love, but don't always know how to express it to one another which can lead to miscommunication and emotional turmoil. As the founders of the national non-profit Family First, Mark and Susan wanted to share the practical dos and don’ts along with step-by-step advice based on their own research and experience. Their books, LISTS TO LOVE BY FOR BUSY HUSBANDS and LISTS TO LOVE BY FOR BUSY WIVES, present a collection of lists created for those wanting a more intimate, fulfilling marriage. The books are a series of concise lists, things like how to understand your spouse, how to show each other that you love each other, how to resolve conflict. Each list provides a brief explanation of each item on the list, and how it really affects a relationship. The books are relatively short, so they work well for a quick read, a reference point on a particular topic, or for couples to read together. Both books are very similar, with about 90% of the material the same. Each book has one chapter that is completely different, and the explanations are targeted slightly towards different genders, but for the most part, both the husband and wife will get about the same message. The only part of the book I wasn't in total agreement with was the opinion of the authors on physical intimacy; however, nearly all of the topics will be universally appropriate for all marriages.
Lists to Love By for Busy Wives: Simple Steps to the Marriage You Want is a book with practical marriage advice by Mark and Susan Merrill. The author covers topics such as the importance of marriage, using encouraging words, having fair expectations, (not) hardening your heart, forgiving, and understanding yourself. The chapters are written in paragraph format, but they include helpful lists. For example, Chapter 16 (or List 16) is called “8 Expectations for a Great Marriage” and includes eight things to expect during your marriage, such as expecting to disagree and expecting to be annoyed – with each of these expectations explained with a paragraph. Some of the chapters are more serious than others, such as “6 Things to Do When You’re Lonely in Marriage,” while others have more of a fun feel, such as “10 Texts to Send to Your Husband in the Next Ten Days.” Though everyone is bound to find some advice they do not like in a marriage book, the authors do deliver sound, sensible advice. The end of each chapter offers relevant discussion questions. The title says that the book is geared for busy wives – and the good thing about the book is that it really is geared for busy people! If you’re having a busy day, this is the kind of marriage book that you could easily pick up for a few minutes and reflect on. *I received this book for review*
Lists to Love By for Busy Wives and Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands are two books that would be great to read to start the new year out on the right foot for your marriage. The best part is that these little books don't take a lot of time and yet your marriage can reap the rewards of your efforts if you will read and apply them regularly. Each Lists to Love By book contains thirty lists. A few of the lists included are: 7 truths about Marriage, Five Things Husbands (or wives) wish Husbands (or wives) knew, 5 ways to use body language to connect, 6 things to do when you're lonely in your marriage and 8 expectations for a great marriage. At the end of each list the authors have included a section entitled, Taking the Next Step. This section gives the reader a few questions to think about to apply the list they just read to their own marriage. Ideally, for the best results, both the husband and wife would each read a Lists to Love By book and work together to improve the marriage, but it isn't necessary. In the front section, each book shares several ways to best use the book for getting the most out of it. Each book also shares how the authors came to write these books and why they feel they are qualified to do so. Briefly, Mark Merrill is the founder and president of Family First, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping people love their families well and he hosts The Family Minute, a nationally syndicated daily radio program. Susan is also involved in these organizations. Both my husband and I found these Lists to Love By to be useful in making our marriage even better. My husband especially liked that each chapter was short so he still had time to read them even with the busy schedule he has this time of year. It is indeed a book for busy people to use. I would recommend Lists to Love By for both husband and wives in all stages of life. I think we can all benefit from these short reminders and challenges, or "Simple steps to the marriage you want," as we seek to make our marriages the best they can be. I received these books from Hachette Book Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.