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The Conscious Bride: Women Unveil Their True Feelings about Getting Hitched (Women Talk About) Paperback – December, 2000
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As other reviewers have pointed out, the author does talk about losing one's "maidenhead" and the author does have a tendency to relate things to mythology. While another reviewer had a problem with the maidenhead section- I really didn't. For example, the author relates part of "maidenhead" to the loss (or potential loss) of one's maiden name. I'm an older (31) professional (Ph.D.) bride, and I've struggled with the loss of my maiden name and my identity (and whether I want to lose my name at all). The author even indicates that older brides may have bigger problem giving up a name that they've had, identified with, and used professionally for so long.Read more ›
The word "therapy" has continually popped into my head since he proposed last December 30th. Fortunately, since I've gone through my share of self exploration, I felt I was equipped with enough tools to deal with my new emotions. And I do feel I gave them their due credence. I was told I was the calmest bride many of my guests had ever seen. And I did feel calm, serene even.
However, immediately after the wedding was over, I missed it. I felt it had slipped through time as quickly as Cinderella's carriage turned into a pumpkin. Once the wedding was over, I was off my "pedestal". What a crash. Princess syndrome aside, the post wedding reality of the "forever" commitment had propelled me into the depressed and freaked out state that lead me to the bookstore last night. "The Conscious Bride" book is just the affirmation I needed that I'm on the right track in realizing this is quite an adjustment both my husband and myself have taken on. I purchased two copies - my sister-in-law is engaged to be married in May. I'm sure she will be pleased to read it during her engagement.
It's a deceptive book, that hides something for a man who can see beyond the powder blue cover with a pert bride who sits dreamily in thought. In it I see what roller coaster the bride is on, as well as seeing myself reflected in those pages. It made me feel that I wasn't alone in my experiences with family and my bride, (now ex-wife) and I wondered to myself, where was this book when I needed it?
This book works on different levels that allows a reader to become more aware of unconscious processes and therefore more grounded in their wedding process. This awareness doesn't just apply to the wedding experience though, I find it helpful in giving me awareness about the processes to my everyday life.
The author discusses big issues that newly weds deal with as well as their families. She grounds us in the discussions by making us aware of the the things we didn't want to talk about. She sharpens our awareness of ourselves on a journey that treads inward and finally into a discussion of the nature of relationships in our culture and how this is changing. Imagine a future where no-neck guys in gyms openly read and discuss the Conscious Bride without shame.
In the end I felt the healing effects this book had to offer a man who went through many of the things she discusses. I found myself feeling no longer alone, and suddenly able to put context to my experience and hopefully the awareness that I will need to make my next experience more positive.
Yes, buy this book. Put it in your book collection and refer to it. Give it to friends who are getting married. Talk about it in coffee shops, near the water cooler, and in gyms with guys that have no necks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book really hit the nail on the head for me. Merging your life with another person is such a big deal,,and sometimes it's messy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Super ESSENTIAL book to read to all brides to be! There is SO much more to planning a wedding. There's SO much more to the external details of the journey toward the wedding... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Pixie Rose
I purchase this book for every person I know who recently becomes engaged! There are gains and loses with each transition - and this book allows space for both as you enter into... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kelsey L
Upon getting engaged, after being together for over six and a half years, I felt myself wanting to vomit. There were just so many things running through my mind. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Desirae S.
I'm so glad my feeling are normal! This book confirmed that for me. It was a very enlightening read for those of us who are going through the "happiest time in our lives"... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rachel G.
This book is not about what I expected it to be; it is more about the inner journey of a bride and her relationships, the process she goes through, and I VERY highly recommend... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lisa Berry
I wish this would be required reading for any bride hesitating at all to get married. This book keeps me sane.Published 19 months ago by Kasey
must read for anyone trying to be mindful of their internal process during the wedding/marriage process.Published 19 months ago by Narges Zohoury