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Emotionally Engaged: A Bride's Guide to Surviving the "Happiest" Time of Her Life Hardcover – February 16, 2006
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"Framing the transition from fiancée to wife as an identity change was really validating. I found it particularly usefuland fascinatingto learn about others experiences."
Emotionally Engaged workshop participant, three months before her wedding
About the Author
Allison Moir-Smith, MA, a psychotherapist, founded Emotionally Engaged Counseling for Brides in 2002. An expert on cold feet and engagement anxiety, she has appeared on the Today show and Good Morning America and been featured in Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Elle.
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Thank God I found this book! It's a road map to handling that process from Girlfriend to Wife a bit more smoothly, gracefully, and lovingly. I missed being loving toward my fiance. Sad to say, but it's the honest truth. Some women may have an easier time transitioning into the role of spouse. Others, for reasons ranging from fierce independence to past hurts, will have a more difficult time figuring out just where she fits. If you're in that latter category, get the book. It's an under-$15.00 investment. I totally believe it's worth it.
*This book makes no assumptions about your religious beliefs or sexual orientation, however I believe all situations/experiences presented are between male and female. It also makes no assumptions about your living arrangements, family dynamics, or employment situation. It presents a variety of situations and experiences with a common theme: everyone is trying to merge their lives with another person in a new way.
*The book is not meant as a couple's book, but I have shared parts of it with my fiance as a way of explaining things I'm dealing with. If you're looking for a good couple's book/discussion guide, I recommend The Hard Questions.
*The Kindle version works just as it should.
*You will get the most value out of the book if you actually do the exercises.
*I'm finding it very helpful to read the book more than once as I experience different levels of "processing."
*Not every situation presented will apply to you - some people live together, some don't, some have very close families, some don't - but you will find value in reading others' experiences and outcomes.
Good luck and congratulations!
I thought I was completley insane for being sad only 2months into my engagement with 13 months to go until the wedding.
If you are stressed or sad during your engagement or know someone who is, this book is a must read.
Allison Moir-Smith destroys all the myths about weddings and planning them. My favorite is "a wedding is just a big party" to which she responds "Really? How many parties have you gone home from with a husband who can make life or death decisions for you, a new branch on your family tree and possibly a new last name?"
She also explains that if you are obsessing over certain aspects of your wedding, there is a reason for it. I'm still stressed, but much better equipped to handle it and take a step back and realize that this is an emotional time in my life and that it's ok to let emotions...ALL of them in.