Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review: Lists 2 Love By Busy Wives

I want to start off by saying that this is one version of the list to love by series, there is one for men that you can read my review for. I really love the covers of both of these books. I am unsure if FaithWorks sells them as a set but they should. If you are a Christian and married, you both need to read this book, cover to cover.

When the book first arrived I was skeptical about reading Susan's Lists To Love By For Busy Wives. I am a wife, and as a university student, I am terribly busy. I just thought it would be just like every other generic marriage advice books. I have a great relationship with my husband, I think everyone can "fix" parts of their marriage. Everyone has room for improvement, and we all have little areas we need to work on. I just have had bad experiences reading marriage books in the past, with that said, this blew my mind in such a good way.

While this book has Christain principles or beliefs at that heart of it, I don't really think that this would actually turn off those who aren't particularly religious. This book isn't at all preachy or religious centered. I for one think that this is a major plus.

One of the best parts of these books is that these books don't take a crazy amount of time to read, and they are very casual to read. The are filled with some of the most creative as well as practical ways for each spouse to improve their relationship, with small everyday steps.

The lists are really meant to make us evaluate exactly what we are doing, how we are communicating and manage our expectations. There are thirty different lists in this book. You could do one every day for a month, do one every week for a while, or devour it all in one day. My favorite part of the book is "Taking the Next Steps" which happens at the each chapter that contains questions that are to evaluate and create action.

Some of the most interesting topics I read about were: 

     - The texts to send your spouse.
     - What he really means when he says this...
     - How to affair-proof your marriage.
     - 7 truths about Marriage,
     - 5 ways to use body language to connect

I truly would recommend these books to any couples wanting to tune up their marriage. The books would also make a good wedding or anniversary gift.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Hachette Books or Faith Works in exchange for my honest and completely unbiased review. All thoughts are my own.

Goodreads Description: 

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

A Little Bout the Authors: 

Mark Merrill is the founder and
president of Family First, a national nonprofit
organization dedicated to helping
people love their families well. He hosts The
Family Minute, a nationally syndicated daily
radio program that reaches over 5,000,000
listeners each day.

 He also delivers marriage
and parenting wisdom to over 100,000 people
each month through his blog and podcast on Mark's new book, 

Lists to Love By for Busy Husbands and Lists to Love By for Busy Wives, lists out simple steps husbands and wives can follow to get the marriage they want. He is also the author of All Pro Dad—Seven Essentials to Be a Hero to Your Kids. Mark and his wife, Susan, live in Tampa, Florida, and have five children.

© 2015, Mark Merrill. All rights reserved. Originally published at

Susan Merrill says there are three things that give her life purpose: her family, God’s love, and encouraging women on their parenting and marriage journeys. If she had to add a fourth item to the list, coffee would be a strong contender. Susan is the founder of, the Director of Digital Marketing at Family First, and the mother of five grown children. She lives in Florida with her husband, Family First President, Mark Merrill; two needy, but adorable, dogs; and whatever assortment of her kids happens to be in town. 

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