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Official Review: I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned THIS

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Official Review: I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned THIS

Post Number:#1 by ananya92
» 29 Jul 2017, 08:19

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned THIS" by Vivian Probst.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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I Was a Yo-Yo Wife…Until I Learnt THIS by Vivian Probst is a book in the non-fiction genre. It is more in the nature of a semi-autobiographical account where the author narrates her journey, to aid those trying to overcome roadblocks in their relationships.

Briefly, the author was brought up expecting to fit in a missionary style of life. The marital discord between her parents adversely shaped her attitude towards life and herself. Added to that, the author’s first marriage didn’t turn out as she hoped, leading to a divorce, and separation from her kids as well. Fate arranged for the author to meet her second husband, however, unfortunately for the author issues came up in her second marriage too. How does she defeat these issues, rediscover herself, and resurrect her marriage?

“Did you know that the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention keeps track of marriage and divorce statistics? I don’t find that encouraging—do you? They also monitor statistics on disease and epidemics, which could suggest that if marriage is a “disease,” divorce would be its fatal consequence.” This illuminating observation is the focal point of the book, because the author helps the reader to cure the hiccups in a relationship.

Much of this book reads like fiction, as the author’s takes the reader through the various emotional encounters in her life. This was an important aspect of the writing style, because the author conveys much of her advice using her life experiences as an example. This is quite useful, as it helps the reader relate with her experiences and learn from her example.

The pattern of the book is pretty straightforward. The book is divided into three parts, which are further subdivided into several chapters. Each chapter begins with a quote either by the author herself or by someone else. The author also provides relevant material from other sources, to give the readers an in-depth insight. The first part is largely the narrative section where the author brings the reader up to speed with her life history. The second part is the crucial section where the author explains what she calls the ‘Magnificent Seven Wonders of the Inner World’, and how the reader should go about rediscovering themselves, healing themselves, developing a new outlook to life, and then finally apply these changes to their relationship. The third part looks at the how to preserve the lesson and continue applying it in their lives.

Much of the book revolves around the author emphasizing on ‘THIS’. Throughout the book, the author writes about ‘THIS’, but she never exactly spells it out for the readers. ‘THIS’ is not a well-defined solution which the author proposes; instead it’s a way of overcoming the barriers to a healthy relationship which the author mentions. For example, how an individual should stop blaming oneself, recognize the ‘orphans’ or the problems which are suppressed within oneself, and not let other’s opinions affect our opinion of ourselves.

While the book was engaging, I felt that there were portions where the author is going around in circles. As a guide, the author could have put forward her viewpoint in an uncomplicated manner. There are portions where the reader would appreciate what the author is saying, but at the same time would be confused as to how apply it in their lives.

According to the author, “a Yo-Yo wife is a woman who gives up and leaves a committed relationship for a wide variety of reasons. Then she comes back.” The author’s experience of how she stopped being a Yo-Yo wife is worth a read, and readers who are encountering similar issues in their lives, should definitely give this one a try. I rate it 3 out of 4 stars.

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Re: Official Review: I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned TH

Post Number:#2 by Kelebogile Mbangi
» 08 Aug 2017, 00:24

Sounds like this book offers good advice, its a shame that the author was vague about what THIS is. Thank you for your review.
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Re: Official Review: I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned TH

Post Number:#3 by Tianakellefox
» 08 Aug 2017, 00:44

Briefly, the author was brought up expecting to fit in a missionary style of life. The marital discord between her parents adversely shaped her attitude towards life and herself. Added to that, the author’s first marriage didn’t turn out as she hoped, leading to a divorce, and separation from her kids as well. Fate arranged for the author to meet her second husband, however, unfortunately for the author issues came up in her second marriage too. How does she defeat these issues, rediscover herself, and resurrect her marriage?

“Did you know that the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention keeps track of marriage and divorce statistics? I don’t find that encouraging—do you? They also monitor statistics on disease and epidemics, which could suggest that if marriage is a “disease,” divorce would be its fatal consequence.” This illuminating observation is the focal point of the book, because the author helps the reader to cure the hiccups in a relationship.

Much of this book reads like fiction, as the author’s takes the reader through the various emotional encounters in her life. This was an important aspect of the writing style, because the author conveys much of her advice using her life experiences as an example. This is quite useful, as it helps the reader relate with her experiences and learn from her example.

The pattern of the book is pretty straightforward. The book is divided into three parts, which are further subdivided into several chapters. Each chapter begins with a quote either by the author herself or by someone else. The author also provides relevant material from other sources, to give the readers an in-depth insight. The first part is largely the narrative section where the author brings the reader up to speed with her life history. The second part is the crucial section where the author explains what she calls the ‘Magnificent Seven Wonders of the Inner World’, and how the reader should go about rediscovering themselves, healing themselves, developing a new outlook to life, and then finally apply these changes to their relationship. The third part looks at the how to preserve the lesson and continue applying it in their lives.

Much of the book revolves around the author emphasizing on ‘THIS’. Throughout the book, the author writes about ‘THIS’, but she never exactly spells it out for the readers. ‘THIS’ is not a well-defined solution which the author proposes; instead it’s a way of overcoming the barriers to a healthy relationship which the author mentions. For example, how an individual should stop blaming oneself, recognize the ‘orphans’ or the problems which are suppressed within oneself, and not let other’s opinions affect our opinion of ourselves.

While the book was engaging, I felt that there were portions where the author is going around in circles. As a guide, the author could have put forward her viewpoint in an uncomplicated manner. There are portions where the reader would appreciate what the author is saying, but at the same time would be confused as to how apply it in their lives.
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Post Number:#4 by kandscreeley
» 08 Aug 2017, 07:37

Everyone could use a little bit of relationship advice, but I don't think this one is for me. Thanks for the review, though. Very nice.
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Re: Official Review: I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned TH

Post Number:#5 by odus akpan
» 08 Aug 2017, 08:22

The review is good. I need to read book for a better understanding.
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Post Number:#6 by Darakhshan Nazir
» 08 Aug 2017, 12:03

Thank you for such a nice review .. Book seems worth reading.
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Re: Official Review: I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned TH

Post Number:#7 by Gingerbo0ks
» 08 Aug 2017, 16:13

I read a similar book in this format. It's always disappointing when it seems promising but then the advice is too vague. Maybe we can't be shown but have to find the answer ourselves.
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Re: Official Review: I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned TH

Post Number:#8 by Dolphine
» 08 Aug 2017, 20:16

From the review, the book has advice for marriage life and daily life,going to read it to learn more.Thanks fir the review.
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Post Number:#9 by LadyClaire
» 09 Aug 2017, 00:23

'THIS' is really interesting and should be given more attention. Thanks for reading and sharing, Ananya.
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Re: Official Review: I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned TH

Post Number:#10 by Jem Tomarong
» 09 Aug 2017, 01:45

Thank you for your review, it is very nice. That book is a bit source of marital advices. For in today's generation marriage is attack by the devil. But if God is the center in marriage, love is there.
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Post Number:#11 by Afuglsan
» 09 Aug 2017, 14:20

Interesting. I'm curious to see if the author goes further into being a "yo-yo wife." I'm not sure I fully understand the concept.
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Re: Official Review: I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned TH

Post Number:#12 by The Researcher
» 11 Aug 2017, 07:09

Very nice review! I am curious to know , what author means by 'THIS'.
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Post Number:#13 by Gifty Naa Akushia
» 11 Aug 2017, 17:26

I was a Yo-Yo wife promises to be a life saver for modern day relationships especially marriages.
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Post Number:#14 by Onyinyechukwu
» 11 Aug 2017, 21:34

A blend of narration and lesson giving. It can be frustating to be told seemingly the answer to your problem and not knowing how to use it. Thanks for the review.
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Re: Official Review: I Was A Yo-Yo Wife...Until I Learned TH

Post Number:#15 by Quinto
» 13 Aug 2017, 12:33

A good review on an increasingly fragile portion of our human interactions and relationships. However the use of the word YO-YO feels unnecessary and vague. Unless the author has an underlying meaning or meant to convey an emerging concept that is currently not being addressed in whichever media.
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