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52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands

What Husbands Can Do to Build a Stronger Marriage

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Helpful tips for married men
52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands by Jay Payleitner is a wonderful collection of hints and tips from one married man to other married men. It is gleaned from years of marriage and most likely from making countless mistakes, only to discover the correct way to relate to his wife.

Although I did not fully agree with everything written in this book, I found the majority of it to be very helpful and will most likely save me making many of these mistakes myself in the years to come. I would liken this book to a father teaching his son the lessions he has learnt and the purpose of it being to ensure that the mistakes of the father and not repeated by the son, thus leading to a more fulfilling and successive marriage.

The narration was very good as the author handled the narration, so he knew when to add emphasis and knew the tone he had intented the book to have in regard to certain areas. He also added quite a jovial nature to the narration, which is sometimes lacking from other audio books.

This audio book is a valuable resource for all married men and men who one day will be married because it points out common mistakes husbands make and provides Godly solutions to these problems in a helpful manner.

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Review by / (Posted on 5/14/2012)
a lot to learn from this book
Payleitner asserts that we all have a list of chores to accomplish. They break into different categories, being (i) his, (ii) hers, (iii) both, and (iv) whomever is available. In this, marriage is not a 50/50 effort by husband and wife, but rather a 100/100 effort by husband and wife. The math doesn't add up, but according to Payleitner, the effort sure does. 

While husbands do the hard labor and be the breadwinners, statistically and theologically, the wives handle the tedious tasks in the house, doing "more" work instead of more "work." Tracking who does more, or who works harder, will not lead to any happiness in marriage. There's no tit for tat in life, so there's none in marriage either. 

Payleitner's writing style is slow, and as a result, his narration feels dragging. There is an authentic feel, thanks to the ability to narrate his own work. The audio feels much like a marital counseling session, which works well for those needing guidance.

While I only mentioned what Payleitner discusses about marriage, it is the platform for his book. In his book, he covers what the title says: 52 things that husbands need to accomplish for their wives. It's obvious that wives work more tediously, and given their delicate (like ceramic) nature, us, as men, need to tend to their needs. We need to kiss them. We need to write letters to them. We need to buy them flowers (or pick them). We need to love them. That's what it is about...

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Review by / (Posted on 3/14/2012)
A funny read that could appeal to many
In this book, each chapter is a different thing that a husband can do to show love to his wife and generally improve his marriage. The titles are witty and Jay is a funny guy. At first I was a little thrown off by his delivery during the narration. It's hard to put my finger on why that is. In any case, his reading of his own book is very well done, and I got over my initial uncomfortable feeling.

I have one major quibble: this book could have been half as long. It could have been called 26 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands. Some of the chapters are just plain goofy. That said, when Payleitner is on, he is really on. His chapter on porn and how to avoid it is amazing. Also, I could see this book appealing to a wide age-range of men.

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
Review by / (Posted on 2/9/2012)
Kind of average
As the title suggests, this book gives 52 'things' that wives need from their husbands, each in it's own chapter. Simple really.

I find listening to it as an audio book a little frustrating in that I would probably find the print book more useful by being able to use it as something of a reference. One 'thing' per week.

That said, I find the whole thing kind of wishy-washy so really I'm not a huge fan of this audiobook. It is well narrated however.

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Review by / (Posted on 2/8/2012)
Great book for husbands
I have finished listening to the book 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands. Each chapter is something different a husband can do for his wife. Some are serious while others are more lighthearted, yet all are valuable in the marriage relationship.

Even though it is written for men, I still enjoyed it. I believe any husband would benefit from this book. Many times I laughed while listening because the author was right on target in what he was saying wives need! The ideas were very practical and easy to put into practice. If you are a husband reading this review, try this book for some ideas you may have forgotten (or even some you've never thought of) to show love to your wife.

The book was read by the author. His voice was easy to hear. Having the author read his own work adds meaning to the text for me as a listener and gives it a more personal feel.

Thank you to the christianaudio Reviewers program for providing this audio book for my review.
Review by / (Posted on 1/31/2012)
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