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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.  

Feminine Influence and Power

Richard Forsyth

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~ By Kirstin, a Fascinating Womanhood Contributor

   My husband shared something very interesting with me this morning. 

   He was pondering aloud a situation where a husband and wife are having marriage troubles. Listening to him describe the feminine power a woman has over a man was so insightful! It was also confirming what Fascinating Womanhood teaches! My eyes were glued to him as he spoke. I felt like he'd read the book, but he hasn't once flipped through the book.

   I thought of the poem in chapter 8, The Leader, pg. 112, as he spoke:

As unto the bow the cord is,So unto the man is the woman; Tho' she bends him, she obeys him; Tho' she draws him, yet she follows;Useless each without the other.-Longfellow

   My husband agonized a bit over how women often try to be a 'team' like horses, while a better approach to getting the 'horse' (man) to move/change is to maybe coerce him with a carrot, as he chose to word it. He said he doesn't feel it's wrong for a woman to use her feminine powers to inspire a man to change, in fact, his words were, he thinks it's the way it should be! He said men in general don't mind a woman using her resources to better the home and family by using her feminine charms to move a man. But he did mention the man's need to have the final say. Which is precisely what Mrs. Andelin teaches, if I'm understanding her correctly. 

   I'd often wondered about this; how would a man feel if he knew I'd learned feminine influence and tried it on him. Would he feel wronged? I never outright asked Scot about this, but was all ears as he volunteered his take on it! I practice Fascinating Womanhood to change me. Interestingly, there have been such outstanding changes taking place in our marriage/family that I never dreamed would be a serendipitous consequence, at times I'm tempted to feel a bit manipulative! I'm happy my husband put these fears to rest one hundred percent as he seemed to give me freedom to be as fascinating as I like! 

   Feminism is a broken model! It doesn't work for anyone, including women!

   Each week my jaw drops at how differently my husband responds not only to me but to our children when I live femininity. 

   As I put him first and his needs are met he is kinder, more patient, more involved, more trusting. Sometimes he is still negative and grumbles but rather than deride him or roll my eyes I accept him at face value, recognize it's possibly because of his high ideals, and try to give sympathetic understanding, or possibly a splash of childlike sass. Which amazingly causes him to square his shoulders and say it's not so bad after all! I guess it's true that when a man senses gentleness and sympathy from his woman it is his reaction to be and feel strong!?!?He is a different man! Or, maybe, I'm a different 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!

Like a Fairy Tale

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

   Three years ago, a new acquaintance of mine, burst through my front door, exclaiming, “Oh Jaquie! This is the most wonderful book. You simply must read it. It will help you have the most wonderful marriage!”

   Immediately, the bull inside me was thinking, “Who is she to tell me I need a book to help me have a happy marriage? I have a happy marriage. According to national standards, I have an excellent marriage”. But aloud I was saying, “Oh, really? Tell me about it”.

   My friend left the book lying on my kitchen counter. I cooked around it, cleaned around it, and washed dishes around it.  When the water would start splashing, I would think, “Now Jacquie, you’d better put that book away”. But I knew if I put it away, I wouldn’t get it back out and read it, and I knew my friend would be asking me if I had. So, one day in the time that I usually allot to reading the news, I took the most important step of my life except for the decision to marry my husband. I picked up the book, Fascinating Womanhood and began to read.

   I began to read about Celestial love in marriage, love in its highest degree. This was the kind of love I had dreamed of when I was young. But after I married, I realized I had been disillusioned and that it was immature to dream of such love. But here was a book telling me that I can be loved, cherished and adored, that my husband wants to feel that way about me. So I read on and began studying the principles of Fascinating Womanhood. As I began to practice these principles, my life changed dramatically.

   After about 2 years of practicing Fascinating Womanhood, my 17-year-old stepson described our life.  My husband is a doctor of chiropractic and his office adjoined our home. One day I came from the office into our home and our stepson was watching TV and I said, “Don’t watch stuff like that. It’s negative and life’s not like that.” He replied, “You’re wrong, Mother. From what I’ve seen of life, that’s what it’s really like. What you and Dad have here is like a fairy tale.” 

   It is up to us women to make the family strong, and by making the family strong, we make our nation strong. We need to give our children the example of a good marriage, so they will desire a good marriage. We can do this by making the principles of Fascinating Womanhood part of our lives.

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 Does He See in Her?

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

There was a woman in our neighborhood who had everyone puzzled. She was not beautiful, was overweight, and always dressed a little dowdy. There wasn’t anything about her that was above average, at least that anyone could see on the surface, yet her husband seemed to adore her. What on earth was it? This had everyone wondering.

One evening, I was in their home about dinnertime. She was busy in the kitchen putting the final touches on dinner when her husband came home from work. This happened to be payday. He came into the kitchen, kissed her, and handed her his paycheck. She immediately stopped what she was doing, put her arms him and said, “I know how hard you work and you have worked for this…for many long hours. Thank you for providing us with so many comforts, and making it possible for me to stay home and care for the family.”

But this was not enough. She went into the living room where the children were all playing on the floor. She made them all stop and stand up. “Look,” she said as she held up the paycheck. “See, your father has worked hard to earn this money. Now Jane, this means you can have a new pair of shoes, and Johnny, you can have your bicycle fixed”. The father stood there beaming. Now only did his wife appreciate him, but taught their children to. In his eyes, she was a beautiful 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!

 My Husband and I Were Seriously Thinking of Separation

Richard Forsyth

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~ From 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 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 F.W. 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, the with affection.  When he saw my changed attitude, he began to change too.

   It is one of those times when a large miracle was 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 loves ones and friends hoping they will find the kind of treasure in this 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 Abandoned My Original Ideal of Romantic Love

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!

I Decided That I Would Never Marry

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

   I grew up in an unhappy family. Mom and Dad were always fighting. Many nights I cried myself to sleep, hoping and praying they would stop fighting and love each other. As a result of my parents’ 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 encouraging them. I stopped competing with men and became more feminine. I even changed my college major to one more suitable for my new feminine self. 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 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 of my life. I have been married about a year to the world’s most perfect husband. I wonder how I get thought I couldn’t make a marriage work. Thank you with all 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 get her marriage working right. Last night Daddy bought her a new stove that she had mentioned she’d like 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!

The Change is Overwhelming!

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

During the past few weeks I have been taking a Fascinating Womanhood class. The results in my own home are remarkable. My husband and I are both Christians and very active in our church but even so, our marriage seemed rapidly heading for divorce. I knew I needed help so I secretly started seeing a psychiatrist, had many counseling sessions with our pastor, and finally a marriage counselor, and still continued having deep, prolonged depressions, lasting for days.

   I happened to see a lovely lady at the beauty shop with an F.W. book. She told me about the classes, so I enrolled. I have learned more from those classes than all the professional counseling sessions put together! The change in our home is almost overwhelming! My husband can’t seem to do enough for me. For the first time in twelve years of marriage, he has taken over the bill paying, has started to do the yard and gardening, and wants to do some home improvements.

   I seemed to always get stuck with driving our pickup, which I hated to drive. He has now put it up for sale and is buying a small car for me to drive! He has become more devoted to our church, and instead of complaining of my activity, he says he is proud of me! He is a real estate broker and his business has increased to the point our accountant says it’s going to be a profitable year! His formula: A successful church life and a successful home equal a successful business. I am so thankful for 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!

Girlishness (aka Childlikeness) Works!

Richard Forsyth

~ From an Anonymous Contributor

About two weeks ago I was making small talk with Scot. We were discussing a local tick problem, which included the children's dental hygienist who had removed a tick from her 16 year old daughter that morning, making her late for work.

"So Amy's an older woman?" He's a detail guy.

"Well, she's probably my age." I replied, assuming he considers me youngish.

His response was an affirmative grunt.

"You think I'm old! You meanie!" I exclaimed, honestly ruffled at the thought. Walking away from the kitchen where we were to our bedroom I began to clean while sorting how to handle the situation. I was offended. Girlish response isn't natural for me, but it popped into my head to try it.

Scot's heavy boots thumped toward our bedroom as I continued hanging clothes. He had to leave for work and leaned in to say goodbye.

"You don't want to kiss an 'older woman'!" I bristled with a pout. "I should have burnt your breakfast burrito, you brute!" I continued with a stomp of my foot. He smiled and tried to pinch me. (That's when I knew it was working!)

Tossing my hair I stepped back playfully from his pinches. "I think I'll just burn your spaghetti tonight, you hairy beast!"

He was giggling by now and reaching for me very inappropriately which made me feel anything but old in his presence.

Spanking him as he turned with the dress I was hanging I told him he'd better get to work.

Benefits of girlishness response that day:

1. Tension disappeared, relationship restored; not only that, but chemistry was enhanced bc of the interchange.

2. He was totally amused and learned coming to me (hopefully will continue to) brings positive response, not sulkiness and pouting which is very natural to me.

3. I got what I wanted which was affirmation he is attracted to me and doesn't consider me 'old'. The flirting was fun!

4. He learned he would have spaghetti for supper which he loves. (Unburnt, if he behaved. ??) 

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's Happy for the First Time

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

   Our marriage had been good but the overly strong leadership exerted by my husband has often made me feel resentful of his demands.  After learning more fully through Fascinating Womanhood of the responsibilities he faces and the need he has of my support and admiration, I tried closing the gaps of my misunderstandings.  I thanked him for being the hard worker he is. I apologized for pushing my ideas too hard and told him that even though I sometimes had not shown it, I always knew underneath that his judgment was usually right.  I also turned over our three teenagers to him without reservation, a way I’d never been able to do before.

   There was no immediate reaction. However, one evening when I most needed to hear it, he unexpectedly said to me, “I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and I want you to know how happy I am with you and that I trust you completely.”

   Never in twenty-two years of marriage has he referred to himself as happy! I don’t think that is something he expected out of life. For him to express these feelings gave me the first experience of “Celestial Love” since courting days.

   As far as his relationship with the children, recently he has been telling his friends jokingly, “Being a parent is a full-time job!” And more seriously to me, “I don’t know why I’m so suddenly so involved, but I am so much closer to the kids than I’ve ever been.”

   Thank you, Fascinating Womanhood, for helping me understand what it means to be a real woman, I’ve found a new peace, happiness and fulfillment in all I do. 

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!

You’re Nicer to Me Lately

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

   There's been this thing I've been trying to change in my husband for several years. I don't tell anyone about it because I don't want to dishonor or embarrass him. This is a closed group and I don't know any of you personally so I'll share.

   He took up chewing tobacco 4 1/2 or 5 years ago and he knows I don't like it. I've suggested alternatives, threatened, nagged, given cold shoulder, pressured him to change etc. It would only cause him to dip more and distance himself when I put the pressure on. 

   Reminded of Fascinating Womanhood last month, I picked it up again after years of forgetfully neglecting the principles; the 'accept him' chapter I remembered once I dusted my memory a bit but took a while to re-process. Embracing Fascinating Womanhood meant accepting him. Period. The good, the bad, the everything. Not approving, but accepting. And surrendering him to God while limiting my influence to my feminine role as his wife, his woman, his cheerleader, his help-meet. Choosing to focus on appreciating and admiring the good and noble and honorable in him while turning a dim eye to this less than desirable habit. 

   Since then I have determined to accept, appreciate, admire, and keep a 'love journal' to note positive responses. 

   Being this kind of woman brings a lot of joy! It's been awhile since I've felt so happy and fulfilled pertaining to our marriage! We are both enjoying it.

   Monday morning, we woke up and he said, "I took my last dip yesterday at 1 o’clock." I sat there wondering why he was telling me he'd taken his last dip in the pool, so off-my-radar was the whole chewing tobacco topic to me and so unexpected at this point. I wasn't even thinking about it anymore much less excepting him to say he's quitting. Sitting there continuing to rub his socked foot a bit I blinked when I realized what he meant by 'dip'. Not a pool 'dip', but tobacco 'dip'. He was saying he was quitting tobacco. I had waited for YEARS to hear those words, yet rather than responding as I thought I would with tears of joy, as it sunk in it rather surprised me how removed I'd become on the subject. My focus had shifted from the habit to the man. I was finding so much admiration and appreciation for the man (thanks Fascinating Womanhood!) that the habit dimmed in comparison. 

   He's on day four of quitting. Tobacco is tough to quit; a grueling process. At this point, whether he succeeds in quitting or not I will, by the grace and help of God, continue to live Fascinating Womanhood and stop being the fault-finding, nagging, critical wife he knew quite well awhile back.

   I don't know if having his wife live Fascinating Womanhood inspired him to quit. Quite possibly there was some other motivating factor. I'm not trying to live Fascinating Womanhood to get my husband to change. I'm seeing my need to change. Which seems to be where the problem was in the first place. 

   He keeps going back to the phrase, “You’re nicer to me lately”. 

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 Ruled with an Iron Hand

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor,

My husband had a very insecure childhood. Consequently, he grew up desperately trying to prove himself a man, yet so afraid of marriage and women that he didn’t marry until he was thirty.

   I, too, was insecure and didn’t know how to be a woman. I tried to treat him as an equal and discuss all our problems. The result? Disaster!

   We were both college graduates. He is a lawyer. I was determined to be a perfect wife and had taken several classes in college to help me become such. I read everything I could lay my hands on about marriage, love, homemaking and raising children. He had an inherent dislike and distrust of all psychology and all magazine articles and anyone’s ideas but his own.

   He has an overwhelming ability to out think and out-talk anyone. I had a college minor in psychology and a degree in elementary education, and could handle myself very well in any conversation. Yet, three years later I was stuttering.

   To keep me in my place and to make himself feel secure, he ruled with an iron hand. There were certain clauses in our “marriage agreement” (all to his advantage). I was to bake bread, keep the house clean, raise the children, never charge anything and only work outside the home under dire necessity.

   All of these items appealed to me. We were both from the farm, and were very religious. By the time I heard of Fascinating Womanhood, eight years after marriage, I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown with three children, and were both far from happy.

 I had tried everything I had read and still my husband was overly critical, refused to ever raise a hand to help with the children or the house, refused to ever utter those precious words, “I love you,” and threatened constantly to “turn me in on a new model”. He kept me on a bare subsistence budget and when any of the children were sick, he ignored us completely.

Now to the success part: F.W. seemed to be the only way to help my husband be human. I had discovered that behind his bravado, bold talk and strict rules was a very insecure man and a small ego—but how to reach it.

   When I tried to build up his ego, as Fascinating Womanhood suggested, he would lash out at me, or suspect my motives, or ignore me completely.  I had tried for eight years to please him and was still rejected at every turn.

   For four months I read and re-read your book and thought it over. Finally, after talking to my sister who has similar problems, we came up with this solution. As we read F.W. we would get ideas of our husbands’ good points and strengths and of the areas they needed to be built up. On a note pad we would write down notes to our husbands, not saying “I love you”, as we had before, but “I admire you for…”. Then would follow a specific reason or illustration of something they had done recently. These went, one at a time each day in their lunches.

   A good many people have an adverse reaction to praise, especially those who really need it—the insecure individuals who can’t believe anything good about themselves.  So I prepared. My husband had been 30 years building up walls against people, and I had been 8 years trying to tear them down with love and long-suffering.  I let him walk all over me and obeyed his every wish and made myself sick trying to change my personality to suit him when he, himself, didn’t know what suited him. I certainly didn’t expect to build up his ego overnight!

   This is how it went: The first month went by and he said, “By all means, don’t forget to put the note in my lunch,” or, “You’re such a nut,” or “You won’t be happy all day if you forget.” He would not acknowledge the fact that they had any impression on him.

   Second month: He was coming home with a smile now! He had been coming home as black as thunder, giving the house a black atmosphere, patting the children on the head and then hiding in his den until supper, only to return there immediately afterwards to stay until bedtime.  “You forgot the note in my lunch. Well, I’ll wait long enough for you to put it in.” He would admit it meant something to him now.

   Third month: He’d let me say something nice to him without biting my head off or suspecting my motives, but his answer was still as it always had been, “Everybody knows how great I am,” or “So what else is new”? But I would giggle like a little girl and he would grin from ear to ear. By the sixth month, he was letting me kiss him hello! He used to duck. He was telling me a thing or two about what went on that day! He was actually hanging around the stove saying, “Can I help”?

   By then I sometimes forgot to keep enough notes written ahead of time, so I’d miss mornings or just write “I love you,” which doesn’t do much for him or his ego. The important thing was that it must build his ego. I began to see him slowly change back, so I quickly got a drawer full of notes ready again.

   It has been over a year since I started this procedure. My husband is still not perfect but he does not see the messy house, or criticize me in front of his friends and parents. He occasionally offers to help and stays out of his den to play with the children while I fix supper.

   He looks hurt if I don’t rush up to him and kiss him as soon as he comes in the door.

   I am still a little weak in living Fascinating Womanhood, and suspect that’s why my husband still has some hang-ups in loving me, but life is so absolutely gorgeous compared to what it was! 

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!

For the First Time He Felt I Really Cared

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

   Trying to tell my husband that I accepted him and that I admired him for standing up and sticking to his convictions was a very hard thing for me to come out with. First of all, I am not the kind of person to say something like this, and secondly, I thought I would start to giggle. I tried three or four times to do my little speech, but always ended up turning and walking out of the room. Finally, I was going to do it no matter what kind of mess it turned into. So, I walked into the room and started, and once I started I realized that what I was saying was really how I felt.  This was one of the main reasons I fell in love with my husband. He did stand up for what he believed in, and did not let me get away with walking all over him.

   Well, the look in his eyes was just unbelievable. Never can I remember such a look.  He had so much pride in his eyes, and it was not for himself, it was for me.

   About a week later he took me out to dinner and made two comments—one hurt, the other felt great. He said for the first time he felt I really cared, he had never thought I cared what happened to him. Secondly, that he never loved me more than he did then.

   What more could a woman ask for? Isn’t that what we all really want and makes it all worth 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!

Fascinating Womanhood for the Timeless Woman - A Book Review

Richard Forsyth

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Form the blog Home Keeping Heart

An excerpt from Jenny:

I am so excited by this book! I love the classic edition of Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin and the vintage edition which was updated by Helen's daughter Dixie Andelin Forsyth is on my wishlist too. But this edition ............ the Timeless edition ....... is not just an updated version of a previous book. It is a sequel! I admit I was wary as I loved the classic edition but it is lovely even as a stand alone book. It is much more inclusive and adapted to women living in the modern world while still maintaining traditional values.

Follow this link to read the rest!

Thank you Jenny!

Get the book here or at Amazon.com!

I Would Have Kept Him an Invalid Had I Not Read Fascinating Womanhood

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

   About three years ago, my husband had a serious cancer surgery and extensive cobalt treatment. It left his face scarred and changed. Less than a year later, he was involved in a horrible car accident that broke his back, injured his spine, and scarred his face even more. For six months, he lived in a back brace and we weren’t sure what damage had been done.

In that time, I became aware of how deeply I loved him and of what a truly fine father he was to our four children. Fearing that we might lose him, I desired to make whatever stay he had here tranquil and full. A neighbor told me about the book, Fascinating Womanhood and because my husband was prone to long, dark moods, I decided to give the book a try. It was such a revelation! God was so good to lead me to such knowledge. I put it into practice immediately.

   I found that in our situation, admiration for manly qualities was especially helpful. I think he secretly feared for his loss of strength in the accident and for the loss of part of his beard destroyed with the cobalt. To my amazement, I realized that I could not give him enough praise! The more I heaped on, the stronger he became. I even admired his scars. I told him they were war wounds, truly received in the line of battle; also, that they gave his face a fierce and rugged look. He amazed his friends, neighbors, and doctors especially when suddenly, he began taking over the complete management of the yard. At first, he wanted me to learn to run the power mower, but I refused! In a childlike manner, I told him that it took a whole lot of muscle to run such a monstrosity. I had none and he had plenty. Not only did he start mowing the lawn, but one day, in our front yard, while I stood by oohing and awing, he laid about a fifty-foot strip of cement! And he did it so very joyfully and so proudly.

   Had I not read Fascinating Womanhood, in trying to make him happy, I would have kept him an invalid. I am so very grateful to you and to God for leading me to these truths. Thank you.

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He Turns off the TV Now

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

One of my pet peeves is the TV going full blast during meals. But this has been my husband’s wish and I have accepted it. Since the lesson on sympathetic understanding, then doing some of the things we talked about in class, I’ve been surprised at how much the children and I were taking for granted. When I had them set the table, put on clean clothes, and wash up early for dinner, they have enjoyed welcoming their father home more enthusiastically. We all did this three or four nights in a row. Much to my surprise, he turns off the TV now and we talk as families should during our meals. Thank you Fascinating Womanhood!

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I Got Busy and Forgot Fascinating Womanhood

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

Someone gave me Fascinating Womanhood 20 years ago when my husband and I were newlyweds. I am ever so grateful. Fascinating Womanhood worked for me as a new wife!

   Time went on, children came into the picture (five lovely blessings!! Three girls, two boys!) and I got busy and forgot Fascinating Womanhood. Our marriage and family suffered through difficult times. I was reminded by my sister in law about Fascinating Womanhood. (I had given her the book years earlier.) Picked it up and read chapters 3, 4, & 5, as well as childlike anger. 

   Within a week, we were back to happiness! This book contains timeless truths for us women that really work! Scripture backs the principles up as well, and I thank God for inspiring Mrs. Andelin to offer instruction into Fascinating Womanhood. 

   I want to be an example to my girls to learn these principles as they relate to men; brothers, acquaintances, etc., but more importantly, their husbands in the future. 

   I'm looking forward to being part of this group.

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He was in a Terrible Mood

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

“I had a perfect opportunity to use sympathetic understanding on the very first day of my Fascinating Womanhood class. When my husband came home from an unusually bad day at work, he was in a terrible mood, ready to pick a fight over the least little thing.  Instead of being on the defensive and arguing with him as I usually do, I simply told him how glad I was to have him home, and then, since he didn’t seem to want to talk about anything with me, I just left him alone. Instead of asking him to watch our little boy while I fixed dinner, as is the usual routine, I made some comment about his working so hard and needing to rest while I took care of the baby. I did my best to be cheerful, though it was very difficult. However, I won out in the end, for that evening after dinner, for the very first time since we’d been married, my husband didn’t leave the table immediately. He sat and talked to me for a good hour. It was a wonderful feeling—and I felt as if we had really communicated with each other.”

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Fascinating Womanhood Changed My Life, Marriage and Home Forever - By a Fascinating Womanhood Teacher

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Certified Fascinating Womanhood Teacher,

John and I got married while he was in his final year of Vet school. We were madly in love and being married was heaven on earth.  But as time went by, we ran into trouble: 

1) I was an IT consultant and was well established in my career. Because I was the breadwinner, I paid all the bills and all financial responsibilities were mine.  I therefore naturally stepped into the male roles of being provider and leader (as John felt I should make the decisions because I earned the money).  My career as IT consultant cultivated a male nature and I had no clue how to express my femininity. 

2) After having our first baby we really ran into trouble as I became a mother – that started mothering my husband.  The distance between us grew so big that I did not know how to close the gap.

3) I wanted John to fulfill his role as Provider and Leader, but again was lost on HOW to allow his to fill those shoes.

4) After taking a sabbatical of my high-profile career when our son was 2 years old, I found myself without identity and worth.    This was when my friend introduced me to Helen’s book and it changed everything. I learned to accept (and value) John, I learned to appreciate him, I learned what admiration does for a man and that John wanted to be my hero (not only his patient’s owner’s hero), I learned how to make John king in our home not only in words, but in deeds.  We decided that I must quit my career to focus on making the home a happy place, a safe harbor for everyone that returns there after stormy seas during the day became his help-meet in his practice (which did not require too much time of me but added a lot of value to his business and veterinary practice).  By choosing to do this, John stepped into his role of provider and leader.  I learned that the most beautiful thing in a woman for a man is her inner happiness and started focusing on being happy and radiant.  I learned to be a domestic Goddess – not a slave that has to do things but WANT to do things around the house and spoil my family with great food at beautiful set tables.  As I was more Angelic inclined, my human side needed a lot of growth.  I learned femininity means and how to express and embrace it.  And last but not least: I leaned to have fun again through childlikeness.

   I believe that Fascinating Womanhood did not only impact my husband and I, but also our children as they grew up under the example we set.  I believe that Rachel and Daniel will live these principles in their homes one day and so their children.

   Fascinating Womanhood has proven itself timeless, endless in value and impact and precious beyond measure – in my life and many others around me.

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He Didn’t Know What He Would Have Done If His Wife Hadn’t Supported Him

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

“The Fascinating Womanhood course has helped me, especially in learning to support my husband in many ways. We’ve been married twenty-two years. My husband decided to change his job two months ago to go into selling. He took a salesman course. He needed help in making the decision because it would be hard financially. I recalled the lesson about supporting the husband and having faith in him, so I didn’t worry. I left it up to him and tried to encourage him. I heard him tell a friend the other day that he didn’t know what he would have done if his wife hadn’t supported him when he decided to change jobs. Thanks. Fascinating Womanhood!”

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I Didn’t Need a Psychiatrist Anymore!

Richard Forsyth

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~ From an Anonymous Contributor

“My husband and I have always been happily married, but I was beginning to feel something was missing. After five years of marriage, the honeymoon was really over. I picked at my husband, was the boss, yelled at the children, had a violent temper, managed the finances, and was downright miserable! I went to girls’ camp for a week and one of the counselors loaned me Fascinating Womanhood to read. When I got home, I ordered it. If it didn’t help, I was going to go to a psychiatrist. That was last year, and I can see no need for a psychiatrist now. My problems with myself are not all solved, but I am on my way!”

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