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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.  

My Biggest Problem was Love

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   My husband and I have always been “happily married”, but I was beginning to feel something was missing. After 5 years of marriage, the honeymoon was really over.

   I picked at my husband, was bossy, and yelled at the whole family. I had a violent temper, managed all the finances and was downright miserable!

   My biggest problem was love. I had not been taught what love was like. Acceptance was the key word for me. Wow! How I love that man now! No more picking—he’s too perfect. He has his faults, but not many. How wonderful it is to have a man to learn on. He makes the major decisions. Since it’s been this way, he always makes them in my favor and consults me frequently.

   I turned over the budget to him. I had a rough time keeping my fingers out and gave him help from time to time. Not long ago, I helped him straighten out the budget (it was a mess) and I was worried and complained that I’d had to hep and how it affected me.

   Not long after that, all our emergency savings were gone and there was just $13.00 left to pay life insurance, car insurance, etc. He cried, “Help!” and I said “Forget it! I’m not going to even go into the den anymore.” I get sick just thinking about finances.

   Two months later I asked him, “How will we ever be able to manage?”. He said, “Don’t worry about it, I’ve got it all figured out.” He has too, right to the penny.  It took over a year, but it was worth it. I feel great! I could go on forever.

   The happiness we share is the most beautiful and precious possession I have.  I no longer look longingly at those few successful and happily married couples, you know, the ones that glow! I’m now one of them!

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!

A Success Story from Iowa

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   Our marriage was avalanching toward a sad ending. This after 32 years of marriage and 6 children. My husband went to book stores to purchase Fascinating Womanhood, but it had to be special ordered as they had none in stock.

   He gave it to me after he had read it and underlined what, to him, was so important and obviously my shortcomings. I read it and thought resentfully, “What about my feelings? Don’t they count?”

   The situation went from bad to worse and I rented an apartment. When I came home from work I had time to think and relive my life. I went through a tremendous soul-searching period and just about the time I was ready to accept myself as the blame for most of our problems, I glanced up to see Fascinating Womanhood practically beckoning me to read.

   I began that night to read it over again…slowly and with an entirely new outlook. There is was! Why couldn’t I have seen it before?

   I silently thanked God for His step by step guidance and for your words. I didn’t have to act the part; I felt it, and my life changed.

   I am back home with my husband and we have found that “old love” definitely renewed and we both look forward to a brighter future.

   Please tell all the women out there from me—don’t wait until it’s too late to apply these teachings. There is no age limit for these principles to work. What have you got to lose? Believe me, it works! 

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 Have Never Been Happier

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   I feel a person either wants to make their marriage work or they don’t. After 10 years, I still wanted mine to work so I have tried hard to live Fascinating Womanhood. I read the book last summer and started practicing it.

   My husband is still wondering what kind of pill I am taking. “Whatever it is” he said, “I hope they don’t run out.”

   I know and believe that Fascinating Womanhood principles work. My husband hasn’t spoken a cross word to me for months. He comes home earlier than he has in years. Being a sales representative, he can manage this, yet in the last six months, his earnings have increased each month. He can’t seem to do enough for me. I could go on and on.

   I have never been happier or had a happier family. I read once that a person only has a few minutes and a few days and a few years to spend time making their family happy. I know if you throw that away, in the end, you have nothing. Thank you, Fascinating Womanhood.

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!

Success Story From Colorado

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   As far as my husband was concerned, I felt I had been grossly short changed, and was floundering and frustrated.

   Today, the grass is greener, my work is lighter, and our economic problems eased because I have a wonderful husband! Yet he is the same man I had yesterday! 

   Thanks to Fascinating Womanhood!

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 Had Almost Given Up on my Marriage

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   Before taking Fascinating Womanhood, I had practically given up on my marriage. In fact, two days before my first class, I had consulted a lawyer about getting a divorce from my “unbearable” husband. He drank too much, had no interest in us, and each weekend would take off to some extravagant city and spend his entire paycheck.

   When he learned I had seen an attorney, he begged me with tears in his eyes not to leave him. “I’ll change, I’ll do anything!” he pleaded. Finally, I was satisfied, for he had promised to change.

   Then I had my first Fascinating Womanhood lesson on accepting him at face value. I had to admit that I make mistakes too. Could the fault be partly mine for not accepting him?I went home and told him I accepted him the way he was. I said I had made a lot of mistakes in our marriage and would sincerely try to do better.

   A wonderful, though shocked expression appeared on his face and he said, “You mean, I can go spend all the money and you won’t care?” “If you still want to after I’m fascinating, go ahead,” I said with a smile. Things were better already.

   He hasn’t gone out one time since I’ve been practicing this philosophy! I still have a lot of work to do on all phases of it, but our marriage has become better each week, with each lesson. I only hope I can keep improving and may eventually earn his celestial love. Thank you for showing me the way.

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 Shook Beside Me

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

After 20 years of marriage, I began applying Fascinating Womanhood. When I told my husband one evening that I accepted him at face value, he was so moved that he shook beside me. I also pointed out some specific manly traits that I admired about him.

   From this point on, he has wanted me to go out to the barn with him and talk while he milks the cows and has taken me to the lake to look at the moon. I have been able to turn the money worry over to him. It has been a terrible thorn in our marriage for years. 

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!

Something Elusive was Lacking

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   A middle-aged woman dressed in western attire began her first Fascinating Womanhood class. Her hair was cropped short and close about her frowning face, and disbelief showed in her eyes and voice. Before the course was finished, she began wearing dresses, smiled often and volunteered to help on lecture programs. She is one of many women whose lives have changed dramatically by living Fascinating Womanhood. Here is her story:

   My husband and I are middle-aged grandparents with minds of our own. Forced to retire because of health problems, my husband and I decided to make the most of it and bought a home in a Senior Citizens Retirement Village. Before long, I observed that the average retired couple was not deeply happy. Most of them had worked and saved for years for this very time and found themselves disappointed. Besides that, they were lonely for their children and grandchildren who often lived far away.  Retired couples have lots of time to notice petty, insignificant things in each other and tend to become critical and sarcastic.  This situation distressed me and made me aware that my own marriage was not as smooth as it could be. Something was lacking! Something elusive.

   The first thing I learned in Fascinating Womanhood came as a shock. The lack was within me! I had always tried to be a good wife, but I just didn’t know how at times. I found I was an expert at saying wrong things.

   But I knew as soon as I began to read Fascinating Womanhood that I had found the way to change all that just be working and developing patience. Best of all, I alone without help could put our marriage on a higher level and have fun doing it. My husband does not hand out compliments easily, so I was elated this morning when he sincerely announced, “Honey, you are sweet and wonderful and I’m glad I’m married to you.”

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'll Never Marry Again

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   I must tell someone or I will burst, I am so very happy.

   I was divorced, very bitter and unhappy, forty years of age, the future dim, and a young child. I had attended Fascinating Womanhood classes. My sister asked if I would go out with a man.

   She kept at me, so I said I would go.

   The first half of the evening, I had a chip on my shoulder, but he was so nice. Then a bell in my head rang—Fascinating Womanhood. He had been divorced nine years. Both of us said we never wanted to marry again.

   I practiced Fascinating Womanhood, but not to gain a husband. He said I had to be the most perfect woman on earth. We fell in love. We got married.

   He said that all women changed for the worse after they got married, but that I had changed for the better. I live Fascinating Womanhood in every way. I have never seen a person so happy as my husband.

   He buys special little things and surprises me with “get dressed, I want to take you out and show you off.”

   I am forty years old and cannot swim a stroke. He asked if I would swim to him. With little girl-like trust, I swam to him, not well, but I made it, sputtering. He said it was the proudest day of his life. He took me out and bought me two new bathing suits.

   It makes me happy when I see the complete job on my husband’s face when I do something extra for him.

   Because of the book and classes, I was able to practice Fascinating Womanhood right from the start. God bless Fascinating Womanhood. It’s made a man, a woman, and a child very happy.

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 Was Stressed Out and Struggling

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

February last year I was stressed out and struggling to juggle work and home life. I knew things needed to change but I didn’t know how to go about it so I got down on my knees and prayed. A few days later I found myself browsing online and came across the FW website. I liked what I read so ordered the book. When the book arrived I was completely blown away by the material and devoured it within 3 days. I started applying the principles right away and my marriage blossomed instantly. My husband’s confidence shot up 200% because I started accepting, appreciating and admiring him everyday. Within 3 month’s he received a HUGE bonus and a few months after that he got a promotion - it’s amazing how much a man can achieve when he has a supporting wife that reinforces his leadership, masculinity and mission. I am also now a stay at home wife, which has been my wish for a long time and this could not have been possible if it weren’t for the teachings of FW. Thank you for writing a wonderful book, for enriching my marriage and for restoring my life. It’s been a game changer and I am forever grateful.

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!

A Pandora's Box Moment

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   Honestly my husband and I have had a rough first few years of marriage. There were several times when I just wanted a separation. I saw an old copy of your book in my mother-in-law's stash and when I read it, I realized all the stupid things I've been doing. Just last night we had a Pandora's box moment and he told me of those times when I demolished ideas that he was excited about, and he said that was one reason he stopped sharing his ideas with me. Now I'm doing my best to swallow my pride and let him lead. We're still a work in progress but there's already a huge difference in our level of happiness.

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!

Childlikeness at Work

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

I watched the "childlike" video you guys did and thought about it more so in my career. I feel like I do a pretty good job of this at home but never really thought about applying it at work.

So, I arranged a car service for my boss to catch an evening plane to the UK. I scheduled the car to pick him up 3 hours before takeoff because he lives about 45 min away from the airport. I went through the reservation with him, and he immediately sneered at the car service time. He said, "why is the car picking me up so God-damn early?" "3 hours? This is ridiculous!" ... his typical personality.

I replied with a smile, "I know, I know, just get so worried that you'll miss a flight because of me - the map says it will take you at least 45 minutes to get there. I'd feel awful if you missed the plane on my account." He immediately changed his tone and replied, "oh really? I don't want to miss it either. It's probably fine. Maybe just move it down a half hour, please. thank you."

All of his assistants in the past swear they never heard a please or a thank you from him EVER. I have a great relationship with him and I think your advice to me about staying feminine has really made an impact.

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 Feel Like the Woman I've Always Dreamed Of

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   The first night I had my book, I covered the introduction and first three chapters.  Just reading this much was an eye opener to me. It convinced me that I needed the course.

   I couldn’t believe how I was destroying my husband and our marriage by trying to change him. I had tried so hard to change him and love was being replaced by emotional and physical abuse. Of course, before Fascinating Womanhood, I was too self-righteous and proud to even consider that I was the one who was wrong.

   Because of my pride, it was hard to take the first step, but oh, how rewarding each step has been. There is a sparkle in his eyes now that I haven’t seen since the early days of our marriage. What an unspeakable joy it was the night he took me in his arms and told me he loved me. It had been months since I’d heard those beautiful word.

   In September I despised him and now in November, I can’t love him enough. I have realized that I have a very loving, kind, gentle, understanding, and patient man. Accepting him at face value  and admiring his manly characteristics has opened the door, and with each passing day, our love becomes more beautiful, our problems easier to surmount, and our future more secure.

   It has given me a guideline to pattern my life after. For the first time in five years I’m beginning to feel like the woman I have always dreamed of being.

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!

Killing My Own Snakes

Richard Forsyth

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~ By an Anonymous Contributor

   Before I started practicing Fascinating Womanhood, our home was anything but happy. Now I can truthfully say that the harmony we have now is more than I thought possible and increasing every day.

   Considering the fact that my husband and I have been religious for 21 years, it really came as a shock to me to find that I was the one that needed to do the changing. Only when confronted with my self-righteous attitude while reading Fascinating Womanhood could I accept it and change.

   Oh the heartache I didn’t need to have gone through with our oldest son.  He is just 20 years old and he has had mama telling him what to do and when to do it for too long. Now I can see what caused his rebellion in the first place. Me! returned home this summer to work on the farm for his father and, with the help of Fascinating Womanhood, things went smoother than they have for years. Our 15-year-old daughter is responding too and our married daughter is a faithful follower.

   I’m saving the best for last—my husband. He takes me to dinner at least twice a week. He has cancelled his big hunting trip to Alaska, which he has been planning for six months. He says he would rather spend the money taking me to Mexico. When I have gone out of town to shop, he services the car for me, without being asked. The other day, he even carried my golf clubs to the car because he thought they were too heavy for me. All this for the girl who has been “killing her own snakes” for years! He knows how I love flowers and has brought me two bouquets he picked himself. This from a man I’ve always considered as being cold and unsentimental. 

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!

His Wedding Ring Made Him Feel Trapped

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

I want to thank you for Fascinating Womanhood. You have helped me find my husband’s real love for me. The one thing I have wanted him to do is to wear his wedding ring. He said he hated it, and he couldn’t keep it on because it made him feel trapped. I would find it on tables and dressers; everywhere but on his finger.  He knew how badly I wanted him to wear it, but he still refused. So next time I found it, I put it away.

   One day, my lovely friend and landlady gave me your book, Fascinating Womanhood. I started to practice it in my life. One evening, about two months later, we were getting ready for a party when he asked me for his ring. My heart pounded until it hurt while I was getting it and putting it on his finger. He held up his hand and turned it back and forth admiringly. It is a year now and he has not taken it off. Our love seems to grow stronger 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!

My Dream Came True

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

 I’m not very good at expressing myself but I must tell you how Fascinating Womanhood has changed my life.

   My husband and I married very young. I wanted so badly to be a good wife, the kind you read about in love stories. I wanted to be fascinating, loving and soft. Only I came from a family where my mother hated housework, cooking, kids—everything womanly. I had no one to copy or to show me how to be who I longed to be. I didn’t fit in my mother’s world or in the women’s liberation world. I looked at marriage with both wishfullness and fear. I wanted marriage but I wanted a special kind of marriage, one where outsiders could just feel the love surrounding my family. I didn’t want the kind of marriage I found with all my neighbors and friends, with the wife telling the man what to do, always yelling and screaming, demanding her way. I wanted more than just a man and a woman living under the same roof. Only I felt that maybe the only people who live like this are the ones who live in children’s bedtime stories.Then I met my husband.

He was young, but he had good basic qualities and soon he had my heart. I thought with this boy I could have the kind of marriage I dreamed of. Anxious to be a wife, homemaker, and mother we started a family right away. I got pregnant within a few months, just in time to see my dreams all falling apart. My husband spent most of his time with the boys. When he was home he was always drinking, yelling, and slapping me around. He never asked me to do anything—he ordered. I feared him and almost hated him, but I came from a family who believed “You made your bed, you lie in it.” I had nowhere to go and a baby due any day. I felt helpless, trapped, and a complete failure as a woman. Where had things gone wrong?

   When my baby was born, my husband started to change and I could see a part of that person I once loved return. He was a fabulous father, but things didn’t change between us. He still slapped me around, wouldn’t come home every night until 10:00 or later from being out with the guys and would pick fights when he was home. This went on for four and a half years.  I hated being married. I hated being a mother, and I hated men. I wanted a divorce. My dream of marriage was just that, a dream. I tried so hard to be good wife. How had I failed?One day, I was reading the paper and saw an article about Fascinating Womanhood. They described marriage just like my dream!  Maybe, just maybe, I could fit with them. Maybe they could help me find who I am. I had hit bottom. How I hoped this was the answer to my prayers. I was so hopeful I rushed down to a bookstore and bought a copy of Fascinating Womanhood.  Weeks before the class was to start.  Once I started to read, I knew this was the answer to my prayers! And I decided to start right away to live this way.

   All this time I had blamed my husband for our bad marriage. How wrong I was!! Bit by bit I started to change, not him, MYSELF! I bought some new feminine dresses in soft colors. I let my nails grow and put a permanent in my hair. So much for the outside. Now I had to change the inside.  I started just looking at my husband’s good points. He was a good father, he was generous with money, he was a hard worker and a good leader. I could go on and on and I did—to HIM.  When I got up in the morning, I tried to look at the good things that would happen that day, such as the pretty wild flowers growing or the beautiful sunset.  I thought of little things I could do to make my husband happy such as cooking what he liked or writing love notes to him, telling him about things he’s done or said that made me happy. I made a point of forgetting ALL else to listen to him when he wanted to talk, even if it meant turning off dinner, or stopping folding the clothes.  I did these and much more, trying to show him in all ways, at all times, that I accept him as he is—a man and a leader of his family and that I love and admire him.

   I have been living Fascinating Womanhood for a year and a half now and you would never believe we are the same couple.  He takes me out to lunch, fishing, and almost everywhere he goes. Lots of times we just go for drives or window shopping. And where before he never bought me presents, even on my birthday or Christmas, now I get presents just because he loves me. He now enjoys buying my clothes and things for the house. Would you believe we are even thinking about having another baby, an absolute no-no 18 months ago!Thanks to Fascinating Womanhood, I don’t dream of a beautiful, warm, friendly, and loving marriage. I am living it.

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!