~ By an Anonymous Contributor,
I am so exited about telling my story that I hardly know where to begin. My husband and I have been married nearly fifteen 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 someone you love destroy themselves. In addition, to the emotional problems of alcohol, there were financial burdens as well. There was also a strain on our three older children who suffered needlessly many times on my account.
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. He did finally stop drinking however, by the grace of God, and completely on his own. At this time I was so far from being a fascinating woman that it is truly a miracle I am writing my story today.
AT this time when my husband did stop drinking, we were in complete 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 curing his drinking, I attacked his character. I didn’t realize what an ugly person I had become.
After about two 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 (a true Prince Charming). 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 me by a friend who sensed my trouble and for some unknown 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 for weeks.
I came to my senses and faced reality about leaving my husband for another man. We were to go on 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 three days I picked up Fascinating Womanhood and couldn’t put it down. This will sound unbelievable, but my whole life has changed. I’ve had to struggle to apply the principles of Fascinating Womanhood, 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 Fascinating Womanhood. 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 one before Fascinating Womanhood is hard to believe. I was so ignored and miserable before I almost cried. This time, I used admiration and praise in small cases and 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 along after breakfast, he said, “I think I am 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 hubby, even though he has never read it. He says, “I don’t know what it is, but I love it.”
To date I have bought and resold to friends at lest ten copies of Fascinating Womanhood. The people in the bookstore laugh at me when I come in now. I have never been happier!
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