Not Just for Moms | Review of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

Exhausted. Overworked. Stressed out. Barely getting by.  All of those words could describe any of the moms in America today, married or single. That’s who Crystal Paine wrote her latest book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, for.

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But it’s not just for moms! I’m not sure if you picked up on this, but I am a dude. But I feel all of those things I listed above…on a daily basis. And I also want to help my wife avoid them.

I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book and absolutely loved it. LOVED it.

My advice to all the moms:

Get this book. Devour it. Share it with your husband, friends, and co-workers.

My advice to all the dads/husbands:

Get this book. Devour it. Think of ways to help your spouse. Share it with your daughters and sons and their spouses.

That’s how important this book is.

Below is my full review. You can also read seven of my favorite quotes, like the one below from the book here: Quotes from Crystal Paine’s Goodbye Survival Mode.

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Why this book is good for moms

I’m not a mom, but I know two really well. They tell me what they are looking for in a book that claims to help them reduce stress, get more done, and find more time to relax are the following:

  • Written from experience. In other words, people with a Y chromosome are out. Crystal is a homeschooling mom of three, ultra-successful blogger at MoneySavingMom.com, and author. Experience, check.
  • Not hyperbolic. Crystal isn’t trying to make anyone Supermom with this book. Realistically, the average mom will probably find an extra 30 minutes a day for work, 30 minutes a day for self, and a few minutes extra for other stuff. She’s not overpromising. She is offering realistic advice for all parents.
  • Practical advice. Piggy-backing on the last point, her advice is tried (by her) and true (for her). It’s not theoretical. A good example is her advice to cook meat in bulk. I do at least half of the cookie in our house and I’m always browning meat. By doing two or three nights worth at once, I save at least fifteen minutes each week. While simple to do, that adds up big time.
  • My way or the highway – No Thanks. This works for her, but she is very up front that her methods work for her. They may not work for you. But she encourages you to explore and find your own ways.

Why this book is good for men

As I mentioned above, this book is not just for busy moms. It’s for everyone.

Here is a quote from the book written for women, but easily applies to men, too.

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This book is great for men, especially married and/or with children for the following reasons:

  • You can share it with the women in your life. If for no other reason, get this book for your wife, daughter, or buy a few copies for your church or other organization to give out to single moms. (I actually just thought of that one…I’m going to do that myself)
  • You’ll understand the moms in your life better. As I read Crystal’s book, it was like being inside a busy mom’s mind. I have a newfound appreciation for what Tara does every day.
  • Men feel the same way, too. Stressed, overscheduled, and people-pleasing are not exclusive to moms. As I wrote above, I do a lot of the cooking in our house. I also do my fair share of the laundry, cleaning, and more. I feel the same stress moms feel when someone drops by unexpectedly and the kitchen is full of dishes, the floor has fresh dog vomit, and the half-bath toilet won’t flush. This book will help you.

Special Offer – Ends January 24

Goodbye Survival Mode Book ReviewTo celebrate the release of her book this week, Crystal is offering a collection of amazing prizes for those who buy the book before tomorrow night.

Buy the book, then go to www.GoodbyeSurvivalModeBook.com for details.

My guarantee

As always with my book reviews, this one was glowing. Why? Because I don’t share crappy books with you.

I’m so confident that this book will benefit you, that I offer my guarantee. If it’s not worth the ~$15 you pay for it (price depends on the version), I’ll buy it back from you at full price.

In other words, it’s a risk-free purchase. I am putting my money where my mouth is.

Buy it now.

Question: What is one area of life in which you feel overwhelmed the most? You can leave a comment by clicking here.


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  • Let’s Grow Leaders

    Hmmmm…. I’m familiar 😉 Fortunately, I’ve got an amazing husband who’s a full partner in this game of life. That makes all the difference. P.S. He also tells me that “I’m bringing this on myself….” which is true. Sounds like a great read.

    • It IS!

      I think this book is also helping me on the path to becoming an “amazing husband who’s a full partner.” It’s sad how oblivious I was to some of my wife’s struggles until I read this.

  • Wow. Wasn’t sure if I wanted of get this book…but after your post Matt, I really think I need to–for my wife AND myself!!

    I feel overwhelmed at times trying to fit everything into my days that I feel like I need to!

    Thanks for providing this review Matt!

    • IF nothing else, read it first to better understand her, then offer it to her.

  • Great review. This is one I’ll have to check out. I definitely struggle with being overwhelmed at times. Most of it is self-inflicted by my rush to be over involved.

  • Matt, that is an amazingly confident and generous guarantee. In a year or 2, will we see a book for husbands and fathers that is the companion piece to this one (written by you)?

    • Probably not in the next year or two ( four others in the works). But probably :-)

  • I’m going to buy this book so my wife and myself can read it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the book.

  • Kim

    I would love to read this book but I do not have the money to buy it. I hope someday I will be able to.

    • I hope that you can Kim. You will save 2-4 times the cost of the book in the first week in time and money!