- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Original ed. edition (January 8, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743204441
- ISBN-13: 978-0743204446
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Surrendered Wife: A Practical Guide To Finding Intimacy, Passion and Peace Paperback – January 8, 2001
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Self-proclaimed "feminist and former shrew" Laura Doyle sets forth a whopper of a game plan for establishing profound intimacy in one's marriage. Building on the gender stereotypes defined by bestselling author John Gray (Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus), Doyle seeks to heal the overworked, underappreciated wife who snarls at her mate's every thought or action. Her message to these smart, self-sufficient types: check the nitpicking, the unsolicited opinions, and--egads!--the finances at the marital door (although she says it's still okay to wield control at work). Many women will find such advice archaic and offensive; some will simply laugh off this credential-free anachronism when they receive the book as a bridal-shower gag gift. Still others, identifying with Doyle's profile of a controlling wife, will be curious enough to dabble in her proposed art of "surrendering."
According to Doyle, the wife who chooses to surrender must learn to take care of herself first, overcome the desire to have more power, and abandon the myth of equality. Delving into the personal tales and sisterly advice shared within each chapter's pages, surrendering wives will further note the need to master unsavory phrases like "I can't," and "Whatever you think"--tough to swallow for a generation of women who value their own opinions. While she fully acknowledges that a few bills will go unpaid and a few deadlines or freeway exits will occasionally be missed, she also insists that surrendered wives will encounter less worry and fear, more money, and better sex. Hey, "Whatever you think...." --Liane Thomas
John Gray author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus The Surrendered Wife is a practical and valuable tool for women wanting to regain intimacy in their relationships.
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I have to say that this book is pretty useless to me though. I'm not a "control freak" kind of person; I don't criticize my husband or try to control him; I adore and respect him; and we have an extremely balanced and equal relationship. This book seems to me to be mostly about women who *are* very controlling in their relationships. I can certainly see how this book would work for someone in that situation - SURRENDERING the control would certainly help, probably in exactly the manner the author claims. I just don't think every single wife out there is suffering from these control issues, and for those of us who aren't - this book won't help.
Perhaps I should have known when I took her quiz in the beginning of the book and scored almost as high as possible on the "good marriage" end of the scale that I wouldn't really benefit from this book. It was still interesting to read though. [I do disagree with some of the parts about keeping secrets and such - that's always detrimental to a good marriage in my opion].
For a woman who is in a troubled marriage and who does have "control issues", I think this book might be a good place to start looking for a new perspective. It would certainly be worth checking out at any rate.
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