Thursday, October 18, 2007

Fascinating Womanhood

I am currently reading Fascinating Womanhood. I just received it this week thanks to Paperbackswap. I have to say. It is a very, very good book. Today's modern woman, however, probably would not like it. But I am not one of those women, and I do like it. Many of the things Helen Andelin talks about in this book are so true. From the back cover...

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.

Sounds good, eh? It is. So in the first part there is an assignment. You are supposed to first write down 25 things that you like about yourself. It was interesting trying to come up with 25 things, not that I have low self-esteem or anything, just that finding things that I thought were worthy to go on my list. Then I set aside my ideals, and just went with it. This is what I came up with (If you're interested).

25 things I like about myself

  1. my lips (I went for the easy stuff first)
  2. my eyes
  3. I'm genuine
  4. I'm sympathetic
  5. I can be mischievous (Hey, that can be a good thing, right?)
  6. I'm creative
  7. I love God (this should really go first)
  8. I'm spiritual
  9. I am dedicated to improving myself
  10. I am a fairly good housekeeper
  11. I am a good mother
  12. I am loving
  13. I am giving
  14. I love comfort for myself and others
  15. I am becoming a decent cook
  16. I am a little bit of an activist
  17. I care about life
  18. I love to read
  19. I'm good at cross-stitching (I was reaching here)
  20. I have good intentions usually
  21. my feet
  22. I appreciate goodness
  23. I appreciate beauty
  24. I am very curious
  25. I appreciate music

Whew! That was a toughy! for the next part of the assignment, we were supposed to draw the little woman that you see above. That was my handy work in MS Paint, hey, I tried. Anyway, then you were supposed to list the characteristics of the ideal woman according to men that are in the book. The ones you have are to be put in pink (cute) and the ones you don't have (yet) are to be put in blue. So here goes...

Angelic Qualities

  • Understands Men
  • Inner Happiness
  • Worthy Character
  • Domestic Goddess (don't really like the wording here)

Human Qualities

  • Is Feminine
  • Radiates Happiness (I tend to scowl even when I don't mean to)
  • Has Radiant Health
  • Is Childlike

After doing this little exercise, you are supposed to pick one quality and work on it for a week, and see what the results are. I chose "Is Feminine". First, because I think this is the easiest quality to work, outside stuff is SO much easier than inside stuff. Second, because I really think I should work on this. I, more often then not, have my hair in a ponytail, and I rarely wear skirts or dresses, and even less often wear makeup. So this is what I'm working on now, and in a week, I will let you know my results.

Tell me, have you read this book? What did you think of it?

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