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Venus on Top: Women Who Are Born to Lead and the Men Who Love Them Paperback – February 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1886939660 ISBN-10: 1886939667 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Oakhill Press; First Edition edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886939667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886939660
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After graduating from Syracuse University and postgraduate studies at the Wetterhoff Institute in Finland, she parlayed six years in the fashion and retail industries into a successful career designing commercial interiors, specializing in optical interiors. Her business accomplishements have been acknowledged with an array of awards as well as financial success. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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It contains a lot of good advice and information.
Rick
Barbara Wright Abernathy has written a wonderful guidebook for women and men that offers a blueprint for a happy marriage and/or romantic relationship.
PGW
This book echoed one phrase the males all learned early in our family, "When the women are happy, the men are happy."
Donald Mitchell

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In the franchising business, franchisors have long known to look for husband-and-wife teams where the wife runs the marriage and the business . . . and keeps the books while the man follows her orders ungrudgingly until he drops from fatigue. If you recruit dominant males instead, the wife stays at home . . . and you get only one person working on the business rather than two. The only downside to these hard-working couples is that when the men hit their 50s, they often run off with a submissive female employee and stop working on the business. Smart franchisors help these couples sell their franchise businesses at that point to pay for the divorce settlement.

What's that story got to do with Venus on Top? More than you would expect. Many women are born to lead in their work, their businesses and in their marriages. Pair those women with men who want to lead in the same ways . . . and you have one leader too many. Pair them with a man who wants to follow and please them, and you can have a recipe for more successful marriages.

I decided to read this book to gain more perspective on my great grandparents and parents . . . where in both generations the women led. The men followed silently in their wake . . . but not always happily. This book echoed one phrase the males all learned early in our family, "When the women are happy, the men are happy."

Ms. Abernathy describes her experiences with three failed marriages and her conclusions about how women who want to lead at work and at home can find compatible males who will enjoy that kind of relationship. She also provides advice for those who are willing to be a woman who follows her husband's lead . . . but the primary value of this book comes for those who want to know how to get what they want . . .
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In my search for new information on dating, romance, and love relationships, I've come across a real winner for women and men who don't fit the traditional Mars-Venus stereotypes.

First of all this is not a book that recommends that all women should take the lead (Be on top!) in their marriages. In fact, women who are more the "Surrender Wife" types should probably stay away from this book unless they want their belief systems shaken and minds opened up.

But for women who are naturally dominant, this is a unique book with information and strategies for creating a happy marriage with a different kind of man than they were originally taught to desire. The fact is that there are some men who enjoy a strong, powerful woman and such a woman should not be discouraged from being her natural self in the relationship world. Instead, she should retain what makes herself special and look for a different kind of man who appreciates and likes the way she is.

Women will especially like:

* An entire chapter on how to train your man to do housework.

* Interviews with men who enjoy being in a women-led marriage.

* The 4 Essential Characteristics of a Good Man

This book is an interesting and enlightening mix of solid spiritual principles and heartfelt personal experiences. It offers a simple but effective recipe for take-charge women who want to succeed in romance as well as career. It is a welcome break from the Mars and Venus strategies that don't apply in some romantic situations.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I finally reached the point of giving up. How much longer did I want to make myself suffer? ~Barbara Wright Abernathy

Barbara Wright Abernathy is a true survivor of love. Her dreams of marriage and love were destroyed three times and in her new book, she speaks from a life of experience. She was born to lead and yet she still enjoys men opening doors and makes excellent points about the increased demands on a working woman.

Venus On Top is a book for women who have grown weary in the unsatisfying presence of mediocre men. The type of men who are still floundering about trying to discover purpose or who have not yet come to the realization of love as a gift to humanity itself. These types of men can at times take you to hell and leave you there. They destroy you financially, physically and emotionally and then leave you to burn out or use up your resources and walk away, leaving you barren and vulnerable. Barbara finally found a man who could show love instead of destroying love.

Barbara writes beautifully about her relationship with her husband and he seems more than willing to allow her soul's beauty to shine like the star she was born to become. She believes women are either star women or earth mothers. You can also enhance the good qualities of each female archetype. The shadow elements are enlightening.

As she weaves stories from mythology and explains ancient goddess civilizations, she explores the possibilities of the modern goddess lifestyle. This goes beyond the basics of feminism and gives you ideas on how to allow men to pleasure you in ways you may not have imagined they could. I have to agree with the author about the erotic nature of a man helping with the housework.
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