Marriage / Relationships

GBG Book Club: The Surrendered Wife

Hey all!

I know I have been threatening to do it for a while but it’s finally here! GBG’s first official book club. I took the liberty of choosing The Surrendered Wife instead of holding a poll this first time around because this book has been brought up and cited numerous times on the site and is one of the few secular books on wifely submission (surrender) out there. Plus, IMO, it’s a beneficial read!

The Book

Here is the description from Amazon:

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 model for 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.
Compassionate and practical, The Surrendered Wife is a step-by-step guide that teaches women how to:

  • Give up unnecessary control and responsibility

  • Resist the temptation to criticize, belittle, or dismiss their husbands

  • Trust their husbands in every aspect of marriage — from sexual to financial

A generous preview of the book can be found here.

The book is available used, through Amazon, and in ebook format for Kindle, Nook, and Google Play. This is not, by any means, an exhaustive list.

When do we start?

Next Friday, January 17th. We will begin with the Introduction which is available for free on her website here. The intimacy test found in that chapter is also available online for free here.

The The first chapter will be discussed on Monday, January 20th. However, there is no set time or time limit. My hope is that we can continue the discussion indefinitely by keeping the posts open.

How does this work?

We will tackle 3 chapters a week, taking on highlighted subjects from them each time. The posting schedule will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Anyone is welcome to comment whether they have read the book or not but of course having the book will make it easier to follow along.


This will be my third or fourth time reading the book all the way through. My copy is well worn and well loved and I’m excited to share in this with all of you! It’s not perfect, of course, but it does hold some great advice. Here’s hoping for many good conversations about being better wives in the near future!


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24 thoughts on “GBG Book Club: The Surrendered Wife

  1. Looking forward to this. I just wanted to let people know it’s available on for not much money at all if you are the kind of person who enjoys being read to. :) I’ve got my copy downloaded and ready!

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