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Like millions of women, Laura Doyle wanted her marriage to be better. But when she tried to get her husband to be more romantic, helpful, and ambitious, he withdrew - and she was lonely and exhausted from controlling everything. Desperate to be in love with her man again, she decided to stop telling him what to do and how to do it. When Doyle surrendered control, something magical happened. The union she had always dreamed of appeared. The man who had wooed her was back.

The underlying principle of The Surrendered Wife is simple: The control women wield at work and with children must be left at the front door of any marriage. Laura Doyle's matrimony shows women how they can both express their needs and have them met while also respecting their husband's choices. When they do, they revitalize intimacy. The Surrendered Wife will show you how to transform a lonely marriage into a passionate union.

©2001 Laura Doyle (P)2001 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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"The Surrendered Wife is a practical and valuable tool for women wanting to regain intimacy in their relationships." (John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus)

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  • Kara
  • Frederick, OK, USA
  • 11-02-06

Wonderful!

This book is wonderful! I listened to it twice and then gave it to my sister. The author points out things I haven't thought of before. Great book.

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Abridged!! AHHH

What did you like best about The Surrendered Wife? What did you like least?

Good information on marriage

What does Laura Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I like being able to listen to books while I'm doing other things. Can't really multitask while reading an actual paper book.

Do you think The Surrendered Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think there should be an option to get this unabridged. I really dislike abridged books.

Any additional comments?

This was wonderful information. I really like the whole taoist kind of take on it. Like the tin yang kind of thing, that a lot of people may call antifeminist....I just think it's good information that a lot of people are afraid of.

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  • Dorothy
  • Chula Vista, CA, USA
  • 11-06-07

Great Information

I loved it! I only wished it was longer. The information inside is invaluable. I am going to use some of the tips to try and help me. The recording is clear and the narrator is pleasant to listen to. If this type of book is what you are looking for, it could save you some agony along the marriage path. I also got some of Dr. Laura's Books. A+

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I feel so much gratitude🙏

I enjoyed this audible version tremendously.
This information had me intrigued. Surrendering is the key to unlocking your husbands masculinity and sense of love , tenderness, protection. Now for the hard part ( application) I feel inspired to experience true surrender in every area of my life.
I would recommend reading this book if you notice your nagging, controlling, and feeling lonely within your marriage. It could be you stirring up all the drama and projecting it all on your husband.

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Simple and Sufficient.

Simple content. A great formula for the beginner on a journey to submission. Great tools that can be applied to real life.

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Fed up wife

This book has given me great insight. New things that i will do to become a better wife

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Great!

Awesome info for any woman that wants to have a great relationship with her husband!

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  • Mara
  • Norman, OK
  • 09-01-16

Short and sweet + practical

I absolutely agree that the feminist movement has made it so that we can now CHOOSE to surrender, which makes it much more meaningful.

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Short but effective

This is such a great book and what I needed to hear. I didn't realize just how controlling I was being, but Laura hit the nail on the head so many times. Since putting her suggestions in place, I feel more at ease and appreciate my husband so much more.

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Amazing!!

I listened to the entire book with in a few hours! I couldn't put it down!

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  • Kim Busby
  • 02-16-15

Fantastic book

I think we could all do with giving up a little bit of control to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. This is essentially the essence of this story and I think the author explains it very well. As a former control addict and always looking for ways that I can surrender more and be better in my life and I definitely picked up a few fabulous tips from this book. perhaps her best tip is not retaliating in an argument but simply saying ouch Wenstone by the words of another. This leaves them to assess their words and leave them hanging in the air which has a far greater effect than retaliating in anger. Definitely recommended if you are married or intended to get married

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  • Gayle 123
  • 05-31-18

My poor husband

A friend recommended this book as I had watched a film which had helped me recognise that I wasn’t allowing my husband to be a man. Having read this book I fall into every single category. It’s going to take time but I will work on this from today. I think I will need to listen again to this book every so often to help me reach my goal. Thank you so much for writing this in a clear , concise way that doesn’t degrade women but empowers us.

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  • Mrs
  • 02-16-18

Not a great listen at all

Boring uninteresting and im not sure why it was written really. No depth or substance to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-23-17

Great and realistic! suitable for all married wome

I would recommend it to all young married women in my generation! well done Laura!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-17

Great tips but..

After reading the sample of this book on the author's website, and feeling very much identify with her, I thought I need to read this book! Bought the audio version though, to find out that it narrates exactly the same chapter as in the sample! Very disappointed.
Anyhow, the tips and examples are great, is not something new to me to hear if you want to change something you have to change the way you see it or act, and that is more or less the message that comes across. It requires a lot of inner work though, nevertheless, it's only one day since starting practising the advice and I can already see a positive difference between us!!

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  • T. Blake
  • 09-20-16

Very short

I was shocked by how short it was. only 1 hour. had some good points that I will definitely be taking on board. I will listen to it a few more times to get the info to sink in and take notes.

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  • Jessica
  • 10-08-15

Brainless bilge

In an odd way, this (rubbish) book was uplifting because I realised I was nothing like the nagging whiny woman in the book who treats her husband like "an irresponsible child" (her words).
She uses Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as an example of surrender - whilst apparently being (hilariously) oblivious to the fact that they hated each other.
She advises that you repeat "whatever you think" to anything your husband/partner says that you disagree with
- anyone with more than one brain cell (crying in the corner because it's all alone) will realise that (continually repeating this as though you were a well-turned-out, manicured parrot) this will become substitution for that well-known, on-your-head-be-it, here-there-be-monsters phrase: "fine".
Finally, anyone who uses the phrase "just as fish are the last to realise they are in the ocean..." deserves a one star review.

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  • Lovina
  • 01-13-12

Beautiful

Women can really take Catherine's cue for a happier home. Though i have always been a believer in being surredrred, it was great to listen to another who believes it too. Thanks for putting it down.

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  • James Marciniak
  • 12-07-16

Amazed

Absolutely enjoyed a mature overview of a relationship. so impressed with a fresh statement of relationships.