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This blog page has been launched to promote femininity and female empowerment, and to raise visibility of Fascinating Womanhood: an international femininity movement and guide to help women make their marriage into a lifelong love affair in the bestselling book written by Helen B. Andelin.  

Our Marriage Wasn't THAT Bad!

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor, 

   When I first enrolled in a Fascinating Womanhood class I wasn’t prepared for all the changes that were about to take place in my life! To begin with, our marriage wasn’t that bad, so I felt there was little room for improvement. Besides, I had read “The Fascinating Girl” prior to our marriage and had really applied it in our courtship days and the early days of our marriage.
This class showed me how far I had slipped from being my husband’s ideal woman in he past four years. I found out that the honeymoon didn’t end just because “it always does,” but that I had brought it to an end by trying to help my husband run his life. I was constantly offering well-meaning advice regarding education, careers, and finances. And he was constantly ignoring that advice or fighting it, which brought up a huge wall of reserve between us.

   Although we loved each other, neither one was enjoying the other’s company that much. And the funny part is that I honestly thought it was all his fault and that if he’d follow my suggestions we’d be happier. I might mention here that I rated our marriage as “happy to very happy” in the workbook. The “extremely happy” definition seemed such a fairy tale I couldn’t believe anyone could have that!

   When I suddenly began admiring my husband again and accepting him as he was, without offering my “two cents worth”, he was skeptical. He said, “Oh, that’ll wear off in two weeks or so.” I really don’t think he accepted anything I said for about a month because it was so out of character for me.

   The turning point of our marriage came when I made a book for our two-year-old son about “My Daddy.” I used a lot of photographs of the two of them together and of my husband doing manly things. I glued them on construction paper pages, added captions making references to how hard Daddy works, his strong muscles, and how smart he is! Then I covered each page with clear contact paper.

   When my husband saw the book he actually became misty-eyed. He said, “This is really beautiful—you are so creative…I think every child should have something like this to help them realize what Daddy’s are for.” I said, “Well, we realize and I really appreciate all you do for us”.
From then on he’s been a different man. He finally realized that the admiration was coming from my heart. Since that time, we have truly had an extremely happy marriage.  He’s been working out of town lately and only comes home on weekends. In years prior to this I have spent similar weekends pouting and complaining about how little I saw him. This year, the weekends are like honeymoons. He’s anxious to come home and we spend the whole time together and are really communicating.

   He’s much more physically affectionate and often tells me how happy he is. He brings me little gifts and surprises and I have absolutely no complaints.

   One of the nicest things he has done recently is to plan a vacation for us. He has always known that I love to travel by car and have wanted to take a trip to Missouri where we met. Each year when I’ve asked him he’s said, “You know I don’t ever like to travel. If we go anywhere, we’ll fly…but there’s no where I want to go.” This year I didn’t even mention a vacation. One day out of the blue he said, “Why don’t we go to Missouri this May?” I nearly flipped. Slipping into my “old self” I began to help him plan. I said, “We could probably fly and it could cost about the same”. He said “No, I want to drive. We’ve never been a real vacation by car.” How’s that for a Fascinating Womanhood success?

NOTE: Our testimonials only come from real contributors, most of whom prefer to remain anonymous. The images we use in association with anonymous stories are just stock supply. We encourage you to share your story so the entire community can grow and benefit. We promise to keep your details as anonymous as you desire. Thank you to all you fascinating women out there who continue to contribute. You are changing the world!

He Became a Changed Man

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor, 

   My husband and I have been married six years and we have two children. When I became pregnant with my last child, my husband became very cold and indifferent. He said he didn’t love me and said I was like a mother to him. He began having an affair with another woman. After the baby was born I filed for divorce and we got a settlement and separated. But my husband didn’t want a divorce.

   We went to a marriage counselor for help and he told us what was wrong but didn’t tell us how to make things right. After being separated for three months, we went back together on a six-month trial. We were both miserable separated. 

   During this trial period our marriage was doing fairly well but was shaky and wasn’t what I wanted. I didn’t feel the tenderness I wanted and needed so desperately. I didn’t feel loved like I wanted to be. I felt like our marriage was very insecure, but I didn’t know what to do about it. I felt helpless and worried constantly that my husband would find another woman to have an affair with.

   At this time, I heard about Fascinating Womanhood. The first time I practiced it, I saw my husband’s face light up and felt a tenderness, though small, toward me. We had had very little communication, but when I started admiring him and giving him the sympathetic understanding FW describes, he became a changed man. His shell has disappeared and he tells me all his problems and treats me with a lovely tender feeling. It is a marvelous experience, one I have always dreamed of but never had.  I have no fear of him leaving me for another woman because I am giving him the admiration and love he needs and wants. In return I receive the love I so desperately need. 

NOTE: Our testimonials only come from real contributors, most of whom prefer to remain anonymous. The images we use in association with anonymous stories are just stock supply. We encourage you to share your story so the entire community can grow and benefit. We promise to keep your details as anonymous as you desire. Thank you to all you fascinating women out there who continue to contribute. You are changing the world!

The Great Wall of China

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor, 

   I was feeling very depressed and discouraged with life. There seemed no purpose or reward, and I seemed to myself a very unimportant thing. I would try to pull myself out of this by saying, “You are the mother of two children, so therefore you do have at least an obligation to raise them to be good citizens. The things I had always enjoyed held no joy anymore. I would sit and knit or sew and strive for that ounce of pleasure I was sure it would bring. But nothing, I was empty.

   I can look back now and see where my trouble started, but at the time I was lost.  My husband and I had been married ten years before we had any children. Our marriage was average; really no troubles or problems that were insurmountable. I worked most of those years and was content.  Then, two children later and in the midst of building our dream house, I started becoming ill. I experienced a dreadful, anxious feeling that I was to be tortured with for eighteen months. It was an endless round of doctors whom I tried to convince that something was wrong with me. They could find nothing

   Finally, in desperation, convinced that my sanity was leaving, I went for psychiatric treatment for three months. I learned that I was emotionally mixed-up. In the course of the sessions, the doctor managed to convince me that I was married to an immature, selfish tyrant, which is not the case at all. He convinced me that I was right and my husband was wrong.

   Well, I thought I had problems before, but now I set about to change my husband. I managed to do it alright.  I changed him from a loving, tender, and very understanding man to a violent, uncommunicative, withdrawn tyrant who did things so out of character that even he could not account for them. Bit by bit, nag by nag, accusation by accusation, I built the biggest and most insurmountable wall of reserve in my marriage anyone ever saw. It made the Great Wall of China look like a child’s toy.

   Once the wall was up, I tried to tear down my husband, instead of the wall. In return, I received threats of desertion, violent outbursts, and saw a happy man retreat into such deep depressions that I feared at times he might take his own life. Of course, I was all right. I even told him it was a phase he was going through and I wished he would hurry up.

   I used to ask him why he didn’t appreciate me. I was everything a wife should be. Ha! Oh yes, I kept the house clean, the children clean, and I couldn’t help it if I was moody and depressed and didn’t ever feel good. Anyone who tried as hard at marriage as I did and sacrificed so much just trying to win my husband’s approval had a right to feel like me.

   One day, when I was reciting my usual tale of woe and misery to a friend, she gave me Fascinating Womanhood and said, “Please read this and pay careful attention to Inner Happiness and Worthy Character. I read it and it seemed too deep for me. I thought, I will never be able to be like that. I will try, but I just don’t think I can.

   And I can say here and now that I never would have been able to without the help of my Fascinating Womanhood teacher. She was a magnificent inspiration. I began to live Fascinating Womanhood and the walls of reserve soon came down. Fascinating Womanhood has saved my marriage and made my husband happy once again.  I am now enjoying the flowers and trying very hard to remember Fascinating Womanhood every day.

NOTE: Our testimonials only come from real contributors, most of whom prefer to remain anonymous. The images we use in association with anonymous stories are just stock supply. We encourage you to share your story so the entire community can grow and benefit. We promise to keep your details as anonymous as you desire. Thank you to all you fascinating women out there who continue to contribute. You are changing the world!

He Reaches for the Stars

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor, 

   I sat in Fascinating Womanhood class and listened while another wife told how in the past she had always pointed out her husband’s flaws to prevent his ego from being inflated. Until Fascinating Womanhood, she said she clearly saw it as her duty. Somewhere deep inside of me, an alarm went off. Why were those words so familiar? Suddenly, I knew. They were the echoes of words I had probably never said out loud, but I had surely thought a thousand times and worse, believed them to be true.  I clearly saw it as my duty….

   My husband is a successful and well-known writer of songs and scripts for movies. He is like most creative men, a dreamer of dreams, his eyes on the stars. He expects each new project to be a great and wonderful success. Now I, on the other hand, am a realist. Nothing is perfect—everything cannot be great. There are degrees to success, I would point out. There is always another picture which gets better reviews, other songs getting more play, other writers getting more recognition. Clearly it was my duty to point this out and more.

   Please understand. I never meant to be unkind. Indeed, wasn’t it kindness to show my husband reality? If the balloon doesn’t go too high, would it then not have far to fall? Was I not his anchor?  Surely, I was helping my love to see the pitfalls on the ground by forcing his eyes off the stars. Until now, I believed that—but now the alarm was ringing in my head. I knew now that a terrible thing I had been doing to the man who I loved and who loved me. An anchor?

   An anchor is a dead weight which keeps the boat from moving. I would not be that again. There are plenty of people to keep my husband’s feet on the ground—critics who are paid to judge his creative talents to others, producers who know if his produce is good or bad, and of course, the audience who ultimately applaud or not. There is no excuse for him to be criticized by men, the one person from whom he needs approval and admiration.

   Later that week we went to the screening of his new picture. He watched my reactions throughout the movie. Even before it ended, I told him how really good it was—how proud I was of him.  He glowed with pride.  Later, when we returned home our children asked, “How did it go”? He looked over their heads and into my eyes and said, “It must have been a masterpiece, your mother loved it.” Let others criticize—my husband still dreams his perfect dreams. The only difference is that he has a wife who now understands that a creative man cannot touch the stars unless he reaches out for them, without concerning himself too much with the pitfalls on the ground.”  

NOTE: Our testimonials only come from real contributors, most of whom prefer to remain anonymous. The images we use in association with anonymous stories are just stock supply. We encourage you to share your story so the entire community can grow and benefit. We promise to keep your details as anonymous as you desire. Thank you to all you fascinating women out there who continue to contribute. You are changing the world!

Fascinating Womanhood is a Treasure!

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor, 

   My husband and I were seriously thinking of separation when I started to read Fascinating Womanhood. We could not even be in the same house together without a fight. We were both miserable. There were children to consider, both our folks, his business, and our years of building a home together, but we were both to the point of not being able to endure life together anymore.

   Then I began practicing what I read in Fascinating Womanhood. When a battle would begin I would run to our bedroom where I kept the book hidden, and read some advice on that particular situation, then I would come out and be calm and reasonable. Within a few days a noticeable change had taken place in our household. My husband began to look at me with astonishment, then curiosity, then, with awe, then with affection. When he saw my changed attitude, he began to change too.

   It is one of those times when a large miracle is brought about in simple ways, and in a short time. We were both so grateful for peace and harmony at last. We are still at peace around here and it’s been about fourteen months since I first read the book. There are still some things we don’t approve of in each other, but we have learned tolerance and patience.

   This has been the greatest year of growth for the entire family that we have known in eleven years of marriage. My husband has not only become a better husband, but an incredibly better father. Our home at last has a strong foundation on which to build the kind of life we always dreamed of. This is why I continue to tell everyone about Fascinating Womanhood and give the book as gifts to my loved ones and friends, hoping they will find the same kind of treasure in the book I did. 

NOTE: Our testimonials only come from real contributors, most of whom prefer to remain anonymous. The images we use in association with anonymous stories are just stock supply. We encourage you to share your story so the entire community can grow and benefit. We promise to keep your details as anonymous as you desire. Thank you to all you fascinating women out there who continue to contribute. You are changing the world!

I Decided to Never Marry

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor, 

   I grew up in an unhappy marriage. Mom and Dad were always fighting. Many nights I cried myself to sleep, hoping and praying that they would stop fighting and love each other. As a result of Mom and Dad’s unhappy marriage I decided that I would never marry.  I knew I didn’t have the knowledge necessary for a successful happy marriage and I didn’t want another child to live in the battlegrounds as I had.

   One day about two years ago, I changed my mind about marriage and about men’s and women’s roles in life. After years of doing everything I could to discourage boyfriends, I began to encourage them. I stopped competing with men and became more feminine. I even changed my college major to one I thought was more suitable for a girl. I was happier than I had ever been. I was in love with life.

   What brought about this change? A wonderfully perceptive roommate saw what was wrong with my attitude about life and gave me her copy of Fascinating Womanhood to read. I still have to work hard and there are things I forget, but the last year has been the happiest year of my life.

   I have been married about a year to the world’s more perfect husband. I wonder how I ever thought that I couldn’t make a marriage work. Thank you wit hall my heart. Fascinating Womanhood has given me my most prized possession—a happy contented husband.

   As for Mom and Dad, your book is helping them have a happier marriage too. Mom has read Fascinating Womanhood and is working hard to et her marriage right. Last night, Daddy bought her a new stove that she had mentioned she’d love to have. The change in this marriage makes me thrill. May God bless you and may Fascinating Womanhood come into the hands of every woman in the world. 

NOTE: Our testimonials only come from real contributors, most of whom prefer to remain anonymous. The images we use in association with anonymous stories are just stock supply. We encourage you to share your story so the entire community can grow and benefit. We promise to keep your details as anonymous as you desire. Thank you to all you fascinating women out there who continue to contribute. You are changing the world!

How Thankful We All Are

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor, 

   We looked like the model couple on the outside, but there was so much emptiness it hurt. We were not really unhappy, but neither were we truly happy. I had come to abandon my original idea of romantic love in marriage. However, I still prayed occasionally for ways to improve our stagnant marriage.

   Shortly thereafter, a friend introduced me to Fascinating Womanhood and loaned me her book. I bought and read the book and since have spread my enthusiasm to others. My marriage is now so perfect that it’s hard to find a chance to practice childlikeness, there are so few moments of friction! I now enjoy a tender love from my husband which he had never shown before.

   A friend who was on the verge of divorce borrowed my book. Her husband had given her thirty days’ grace before he would leave. He told her to sell their house and said he did not love her anymore, after thirteen years of marriage. She was guilty of many serious mistakes. But she recognized them and was willing to work hard to save her marriage. Several months have passed now and, although their problems are not over, they have come a long way from their bed of troubles. I know of many other instances here in town where the advice in Fascinating Womanhood has been put to good use. How thankful we all are!

NOTE: Our testimonials only come from real contributors, most of whom prefer to remain anonymous. The images we use in association with anonymous stories are just stock supply. We encourage you to share your story so the entire community can grow and benefit. We promise to keep your details as anonymous as you desire. Thank you to all you fascinating women out there who continue to contribute. You are changing the world!

He Wasn't Needed at Home

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor, 

   We were constantly being moved every two or three years, and with each move my husband had a new job to manage and did not want the family to interfere with his time. A constant remark was, “When I get this under control I’ll be able to spend more time with the children, or help with the house, or have time to relax.”

   I was a very capable person so I managed the children, did the household repairs, took care of the house, and was active in the community. In the meantime, my husband spent more and more time at work. He also drank more because of the pressure he was under—or so we both said. I criticized his devotion to his work, his drinking, his overeating, and finally decided to leave as we had stopped speaking. He usually was drunk when he arrived home so conversation was useless.

   The children had left and I finally decided to leave, for watching him destroy himself was destroying me.

   Then I picked up Fascinating Womanhood. What a shock to find all the things I had been doing wrong. I’d been so capable and independent that he wasn’t needed at home. People in the community admired me, for I was so kind and helpful, but my husband didn’t, for at home I was critical.

   It was very difficult for me to change, but I kept trying an he started coming home a bit earlier and didn’t drink until he was home. Eight months later he stopped drinking for a year. We have been so happy. He comes home in the evening so glad to see me, calls me each noon to see how everything is. He is even buying Christmas gifts and is so proud of it.

   He is drinking again and overeating too, but they don’t bother me now because I know they are his problems. He had started overdrinking and being secretive, because I used to nag so. One day I told him, “I don’t care if you drink as long as you control it.” He was so surprised at my saying “I don’t care” that he is much better now. I have given this book to many people now. We’ve had many discussions and it has helped so many of them too. 

NOTE: Our testimonials only come from real contributors, most of whom prefer to remain anonymous. The images we use in association with anonymous stories are just stock supply. We encourage you to share your story so the entire community can grow and benefit. We promise to keep your details as anonymous as you desire. Thank you to all you fascinating women out there who continue to contribute. You are changing the world!