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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.  

A Whole New World Seemed to Open Up to Me

Richard Forsyth

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I was married at age 18 and at the time thought I was a mature and wonderful wife. It was nice to be so young and so sure of myself. But, as the years went on, I began to get faint inklings that maybe I had a few things to learn. We had a happy life together in spite of my inability to handle squabbles and heartaches.

   In the spring of last year, I was introduced to Fascinating Womanhood and a whole new world seemed to open up to me. I happily practiced its principles and went out of my way to make my husband happy. I found myself happier than I had ever been—and the goal of Celestial Love becoming more and more a reality.

   One day I really backslid! I was watching TV while the children ran and yelled and my husband tried to talk to me. I forgot all about being fascinating and yelled for everyone to “shut up.” Realizing what I had done, I went after him but he made it known that he wasn’t happy with me. I apologized and put everything I had learned to work.

   Within an hour, I accomplished what used to take days, and we spent a lovely evening together, talking and loving each other.

   I will always be grateful to Fascinating Womanhood for that evening, because it was the last year we ever had together. My husband was critically injured the next day.

   As I sat by his bedside hoping and praying, I was so thankful we didn’t part on a sour note. I used this time to again put Fascinating Womanhood to work and told him how important he was to me, how brave and masculine he was and how much I loved him. He lived 30 days.

   Now I am a widow with very tender memories and thankfulness for the few very, very special months we had and the joy we knew 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!

My Husband Began to Look at Me in Astonishment

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor,

My husband and I were seriously thinking of separation when I started to read F.W. We could not even be in the 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 to consider. But we were both to the point of not being able to endure life together anymore.

   Then I began practicing what I read in the book. 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 in 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 14 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 yet known in eleven years of marriage. My husband has not only become a better husband, he has become an incredibly better father. Our home at last has a strong foundation on which to build the kind of life we always dreamed of building together. This is why I continue to tell everyone about F.W. 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!

My Whole Life Changed

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor,

“I am so excited about telling my story that I hardly know where to begin. My husband and I have been married nearly 15 years. Eleven of those years were spent struggling with the disease of alcoholism. Anyone who has ever had to deal with this difficult problem with a friend or relative knows the agony of watching those you love destroy themselves. But looking back, I can see that my husband’s problem with alcohol was a very convenient scapegoat for my own shortcomings. I could always blame his drinking for my attitudes. Well, naturally he rebelled, and no matter how remorseful he felt about his drinking habit, he would not give it up. At this time I was so far from being a 'fascinating woman' that it is truly a miracle I am writing my story today.

"He did finally stop drinking, however, on his own initiative and by the grace of God. Even so, we were in compete agreement about getting a divorce. I really can’t say what I expected our life to be but it was very disappointing to find we still argued and had serious communication problems. He didn’t come up to my expectations at all. In fact, he seemed to think more of his friends than of me. We had suffered so much because of him. You can tell my attitude had not changed since he stopped drinking. Instead of criticizing and cursing his drinking, I attacked his character. I didn’t realize what an ugly person I had become.

"After about 2 years of floundering, I slowly started drifting away from him. I was very disillusioned with life and I even got to the point where I thought I loved someone else. Thank God this didn’t lead to a total disaster. My husband sensed my deep unhappiness but was helpless in this situation.

"During this whole time, I had in my possession a copy of Fascinating Womanhood. It had been loaned to be by a friend who sensed my trouble, and for some reason I had not opened it. I am one of those people who cannot leave any book unread. I think God must have known I wasn’t ready for Fascinating Womanhood. It lay on my bedside table for weeks.

"I came to my senses and faced reality about leaving my husband for another man. We were to go on a vacation in August and I decided if there was no hope for a change in our marriage I’d ask for a divorce when we got back. In October, we agreed to a separation in January. We were glad we were doing something about ending this bad marriage.

"Well, in exactly 3 days I picked up Fascinating Womanhood and couldn’t put it down. This will sound unbelievable, but my whole life changed. I’ve had to struggle to apply the principles of F.W. but it works. Everything seemed to fit for me. All my misconceptions about men and marriage were pointed out to me. I didn’t feel I had to give up anything to gain everything.

"Needless to say, for the next few weeks I did a lot of soul searching. It was a beautiful thing to see my husband respond to F.W. In January there was no talk of separation. In fact, we took a weekend trip with friends. It was a thrill to remember. The comparison between this trip and the one before F.W. is hard to believe. I was so ignored and miserable before I almost cried. This time I used admiration and praise in small cases with real sincerity. My reward came immediately. He showed such concern about a slight cold I had at breakfast the next morning that I was completely surprised! After walking with me to the café, he sat with the other husbands, but I could feel him watching me. As we walked after breakfast, he said, “I think I’m falling in love with you again.” I’ll never forget that sunlit morning.

"It is so hard to believe that it has been only a year since I discovered Fascinating Womanhood. I sing its praises to everyone I meet and so does my husband, even though he has never read it. He says, “I don’t know what it is but I love it! "I have never been happier!!"

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!

There is a Sparkle in His Eyes Now

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor,

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 that 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 how he loved me. It had been months since I’d heard those beautiful words. Fascinating Womanhood has given me a guideline to pattern my life after. For the first time in years, I’m beginning to feel like the woman I’ve 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!

I Have Been Trying to Run My Husband for Years

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor,

I have been trying to run my husband for years. He has always worked for himself and sometimes his business has succeeded and sometimes it has failed. I was always there advising him one way or another, until I became ill in bed and a friend loaned me Fascinating Womanhood. The next day I called my husband into my bedroom and said: “Dear, I want to let you know that I have been wrong all this time. I am sorry. I will try to never nag you again. I can’t tell you how sorry I am for the past years.” He was sitting on the bed. He put his head in his hands and wept. “You’ll never know how much you saying that means to me,” he said.

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!

Mine was a “gray self”

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor,

"I hadn’t given much thought to my inner happiness. I couldn’t see it, smell it, or touch it and I certainly couldn’t buy it at the market. I was too wrapped up with the unimportant things to look beyond my nose. I thought I had the perfect marriage until I studied the chapter on “inner self.” Mine was a “gray self.” This fact lay heavily on my heart like lead. Having the courage to face up to my errors, I vowed to force my soul to smile and be happy even if the world literally fell apart around me. It hasn’t been easy, but the rewards have been great!

"My husband couldn’t get over the change in my attitude. He thought I was putting him on. One day, he told me that he thought F.W. was teaching some sort of witchcraft to lure him into my web. Later, he confessed that he could see it was a self-improvement course and that he was proud of me for realizing that I could use improving. That evening we sat for a long time talking about his business future and what a great part I play in it by finally being content and at peace with myself. There is no mountain too high or us to challenge together.

"In the weeks that have followed, my life has become a living fairy tale. I never know what to expect. There have been love notes and gifts, everything from perfume to a walnut desk I have been wanting for years. Happiness is contagious and I am glad I have given it to my family. I have attained Celestial Love from my husband by being a happy, feminine woman.”

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 Bicycle

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor,

I had a feminine moment yesterday. I went grocery shopping with my bike. It has a big basket and this is the way I usually run my errands if I do not have to buy too many things.

Anyway, yesterday, I had my sports bag on the bike, too - and I had loaded up too much onto the bike. While bringing back the shopping cart, my bike went off, and the groceries fell out. I reacted the childlike way: I stomped my foot on the ground, put my hands in my waist and made a funny-angry face.

Immediately, a young man approached me, offered to hold my bike for me until everything was back to normal - re-packed and me sitting on it - and he even offered that he could drive my groceries home for me. It is great that even younger men are still behaving a gentlemanly 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 Came Alive

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor,

"Incredible!!!  I am so grateful for FW.  The first week I began reading the book back in December, he came to me and said he felt like he was coming alive and couldn't understand it. I was doing the same things I had always "done" in our marriage. He knew I had always put a lot of effort in and he wanted to feel alive the way he was starting to feel, but had felt blocked. I confided that I had started to study FW. He said (a little deflated), "I'm being manipulated?"  I said, "No, I'm learning immutable laws governing my femininity and how to keep them. You are just feeling the natural effect of that."

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!

Try Making Him Happy

Richard Forsyth

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~ By Virginia Andelin Leavitt, FW Committee

“Don’t criticize, condemn, or complain,” wrote Dale Carnegie more than 80 years ago in his phenomenal bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People. In fact, “don’t criticize” is at the very top of Carnegie’s “Fundamental Techniques in Handling People” list. And it’s not surprising. No one wants to be around a person who is finding fault with them. Encouraging words, rather than criticism, is a must when it comes to making friends.

However, when it comes to a woman who really wants to “win and influence” her husband, Mr. Carnegie’s counsel is crucial. A marriage relationship can cultivate the closest friendship possible. Yet if a husband finds himself being scrutinized by his wife, he may wish he were anywhere else but within the sound of her voice. It is uncomfortable for anyone to have their deficiencies the focus of conversation, but it is especially discouraging for a man who wants to impress his wife.

Of course, the wife means well. She is not malicious. As his confidant, she intends to bring out her husband’s defects for his own good- to help him be a better person and reach his potential. How else will he overcome his weaknesses?

I was fortunate to have a mom who saw eye-to-eye with Dale Carnegie. Her oft-quoted maxim to me was:

“Instead of trying to make your husband better, try to make him happy.”

Long before I was married, Mom explained that a husband doesn’t want his wife to point out his faults. Most likely he already knows them. She also said that the wife who concentrates on her husband’s strengths will do more for his self-improvement than all the well-meaning, heart-to-heart talks about his failings. More importantly, a woman’s sincere appreciation is nourishment for a man’s vulnerable, masculine feelings; admiration from the woman he loves is vital to his happiness.

“Try making him happy.” Mom’s maxim for marriage is still a good one. Between Mom and Carnegie, there is certainty for the wife who plans to “win and influence” her best friend.

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!

Male Pride

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor,

My marriage was just about as unhappy as any marriage could be. My husband would criticize everything I did, said or wore. He expected me and our two children to be immaculate as well as the house. He expected a banquet on the table when he came home from work. As I continually tried to please him, my resentment mounted and I was taking my hostilities out on the children. I was an unpleasant, unhappy woman and was seriously considering divorce as the only answer, when a friend loaned me Fascinating Womanhood. “What have I got to lose?” I thought. “Things couldn’t get any worse.” So, I enrolled in the course. 

When I began to practice Fascinating Womanhood, a miracle happened! As I began building him up instead of tearing him down, he did the same to me. He doesn’t criticize or nag me anymore and he thinks I am the most wonderful wife in the world. When I think back on it, I believe that when he was nagging and criticizing me, he was really saying “Pay attention to me, notice me, appreciate me, admire me.” But his male pride would not let him ask for my attention so he was getting it by nagging. 

The Fascinating Womanhood course was the most rewarding experience I have ever had and if I had the time, I would to door to door telling women about 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!

I Was a Three Time Loser

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Reader

“The man I wanted to marry had two previous marriages and I had three. Last November we were about to break off, due to my sarcasm and critical attitude. During this time I had been praying daily to discovering what my mistakes were, so that I might correct them before it was too late. Then one day I saw Fascinating Womanhood listed in a magazine and I had a strange compulsion to order it. I knew somehow this would be the answer to my prayers, and it certainly was!

Within a day after I read Fascinating Womanhood and began applying it, he began putting his arm around me again while we watched TV. Within two weeks, he told me has he held me tenderly that he’d begun to love me lately like he used to. I was so happy that I burst into tears. That was in November. We were married in January and have been happy ever since. Now he brings me flowers—he just came in an hour ago with a beautiful of of azaleas for no apparent reason. That’s twice he’s done that. No one ever brought me flowers before. I thought you would like to know what F.W. has done for a three-time-loser.”

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!

What Have you Got to Lose?

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor,

I first heard of Fascinating Womanhood when our marriage was avalanching to a sad ending. This after thirty-two years of marriage and six children. My husband went to book stores to purchase one of your books, but it had to be specially 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 the blame for our problems, I glanced up to see my Fascinating Womanhood book practically beckoning me to read it. I began that night to read it over again…slowly and with an entirely new outlook. There it was! Why couldn’t I have seen it before? I silently thanked God for His guidance and for F.W.

I didn’t have to act the part; I felt it and my life has changed. I am back home with my husband and we have found that ‘old love’ definitely renewed and we both look forward to a bright future. Tell the women from me not to wait until it’s too late to apply the teachings. There is no age limit for these principles. 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!