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How to Make Your Marriage a Lifelong Love Affair
What makes a woman fascinating to her husband? What is happiness in marriage for a woman? These are just two of the questions Helen B. Andelin answers in the bestselling classic that has already brought new happiness and life to millions of marriages.
"Fascinating Womanhood" offers timeless wisdom, practical advice, and old-fashioned values to meet the needs and challenges of today's fascinating woman. Inside you'll learn:
∑ What traits today's men find irresistible in a woman
∑ How to awaken a man's deepest feelings of love
∑ Eight rules for a successful relationship
∑ How to rekindle your love life
∑ How to bring out the best in your man--and reap the rewards
∑ Plus special advice for the working woman--and much more!
"Fascinating Womanhood offers guidance for a new generation of women--happy, fulfilled, adored and cherished--who want to rediscover the magic of their own feminine selves. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Helen Andelin is the founder of the Fascinating Womanhood movement and is also the author of The Fascinating Girl. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Updated edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553384279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553384277
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sarah Hempel Irani on January 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have read many of the reviews for this book and am wondering if all the reviewers have read the same book? My mom read this book and attended a class when my parents marriage was rocky. It really made an amazing transformation in their lives! So, I read it. Don't get me wrong, I threw it a few times, but then I started seeing the forest beyond the trees and much of what she says is right on the mark. She insists on being sincere and not using these prinicples for manipulation. I have read the book several times, in fact, and don't see doormat anywhere. I do think that the book needs some updating and condensing, especially the lanuage used.

Many of the reviews remind me of conversations with people following Atkins and eating only meat. They glossed over the "eat vegetables" part.

What is so bad about accepting your husband as he is, appreciating him and admiring him? What is so bad about acting feminine? What is so bad about taking some responibility for your own actions and giving him the freedom to take responsibility for his.

This book has a lot of important principles in it. Read it with an open mind, sincerity and love.
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I am a working mother with advanced degrees and a solid marriage, so after hearing a fellow scholar (and feminist) rave on about the empowerment she found in submitting more to her husband's masculinity, I had to read this book so I could convince her of the error of her ways. The problem I encountered: this book works. I am happy to report losing the argument.

What I learned:
~ Elevating my husband made him want to do more for me
~ Nurturing my husband's masculinity (per the book's instructions) resulted in a happier, more helpful spouse
~ Putting his needs above mine did wonders for our marriage--he started treating me like he did when we were dating (more than a decade ago)
~ I learned that, to be treated like a queen, I first need to help my husband realize he is king, rather than one of my simpering subjects.

Why the book (in concept) turned me off before I read it:
~ I didn't want to have to learn how to care for HIS psyche; shouldn't he just automatically worship me?
~ I feared that "submitting" to my husband meant elevating him above me in some way

Why this book's method WORKS:
~ Submission doesn't mean elevating man above woman. It means acknowledging that he is supreme in his sphere, while woman reigns in HER sphere. Both are equals.
~ The masculine pride of a man is easily crushed when the woman tries to run the man's sphere for him; he is prone to flee/tune out when this happens
~ When the woman takes charge of HIS sphere, the man tunes out and goes in search of a place where his powers are needed (even to another woman or home)
~ By developing our separate (masculine and feminine) spheres, we elevate each other, and the man feels like king of his domain
~ Men will fight to the death to stay in a situation where they feel empowered, needed, and loved. They run away from domains where don't feel this way.
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I am a 26 year old woman who has been married for 8 years. My sister recommended this book to me and I have to say that I was absolutely engrossed in what it had to say. You can say that this book teaches ignorance or racism or sexist remarks, but it does nothing of the sort. You have to read this with an open mind. This book explains men inside and out. Every test that this author mentions, worked like a charm each and every time. I have saved my husband and I many many arguments by being able to understand how he feels. Men are just as complex as women and understanding men is simply a gift. This book tells women to love honor and cherish their husbands. Is it not true that women want the same thing. Haven't you ever heard the phrase "what goes around comes around." That's what this book is about. Treat your man with respect and honor and he will return the feeling with an honest heart. That's all there is to it.
It tells me why my husband says and does the things that he does and helps me to help him. Women want to be treated with respect and honor and dignity and this book shows you how to achieve this on a kind and honorable level. It is not a book about being a doormat and it does not say that you have to give sex on demand as one of the reviewers mentioned. It simply says that when we are kind and loving to others, they will be kind and loving to us.
The only thing I found difficult was the part about not being employed. I agree that there is no more noble a career than being a homemaker, but in todays expensive world, there are often times, no way around it and if you're going to have to work, it might as well be something that you enjoy and if you have to go to school for that then so be it.
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By A Customer on February 28, 2001
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This book was very helpful in helping me to restore a peaceful relationship with my husband. By changing my behavior I was able to s-l-o-w-l-y make amends in a rocky marriage.I recommend this book to any wife who is critical, naggy, and dis-pleased with her husband. His behaviour is partially a mirror of how you make him feel.Give it a try!
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