A Christ-Centered Wedding: Rejoicing in the Gospel on Your Big Day
Parks, Catherine; Strode, Linda
“Wedding planning too often centers on issues like flowers and the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses, with little thought given to how God will be exalted and how the gospel will be proclaimed on the wedding day. Here is a resource that puts the most important part of every wedding ceremony back where it belongs, front and center.”See All
cohost, Family Life Today
“This inspiring but practical stage by stage book will keep believers’ minds on Christ. Attractive and practical ideas concerning every aspect of the wedding process are in this book, but its main design is to make your wedding turn eyes to Christ.”See All
Christian Communicators Worldwide
“From the gospel to finances—and everything in between—Parks and Strode will get you to the altar with your sanity and a heart of praise. This book is destined to become required reading for any Christian couple planning a wedding.”See All
Lead Pastor, Community Bible Church, Nashville, Tennessee and author of What Every Man Wishes His Father Had Told Him and Suburbianity
“There are plenty of good books on marriage, but I don’t know of any that helps a couple sort through engagement with a radically gospel–centered perspective. A Christ–Centered Wedding does that, and much more.”See All
Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Families, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington D.C.
“Grounded in the gospel and chock–full of practical advice, Strode and Parks give brides–to–be much to consider for planning a wedding in light of eternity. In a season where it is easy to feel overwhelmed by centerpieces and changing relationships, this book centers a bride’s thoughts and affections on the God who never changes.”See All
author of Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full
“While other wedding books we read seemed to add to our stress by telling us how to make our wedding “perfect,” every time we opened this book we felt more excited for our wedding—not just to start our lives together in the way God intended, but for the opportunity to glorify Christ and make him known.”See All
Jacob and Rachel Dellinger
“Catherine Parks and her mother, Linda Strode, have created an unexpectedly necessary tool for pastors and counselors or anyone entering into the planning of a wedding. The beautiful truth that the gospel informs and changes everything from how to plan a wedding to your standing before God is brilliantly displayed in A Christ–Centered Wedding. We hope you pick up this book and are as pleasantly surprised as we were by the holistic view that the gospel is for all of life”See All
Jessica Thompson and Elyse Fitzpatrick
coauthors of Give Them Grace
“The church has been waiting way too long for this book. How many of us have sat through, or officiated at, train–wreck weddings, wondering how the glory of Christ came to be eclipsed in all this circus? I commend this beautiful book to couples pondering marriage, to families planning weddings, and to pastors seeking to navigate through the morass of the modern wedding–industrial complex. This book liberates us to see the wedding as the means to the marriage and not the other way around.”See All
Russell D. Moore
Ph.D., president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
“We know the wedding day is all about the bride, right? Parks and Strode collaborate in A Christ–Centered Wedding to help you find the answer; and that answer is no. Practical, honest, and grounded in truth, A Christ–Centered Wedding is the perfect book for anyone thinking about saying those five important words: Till death do us part.”See All
author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity
“In America, weddings have become a combination of a circus, a spectacle an a spending frenzy. Into this confusion step Strode and Parks, a mother–and–daughter team bringing genuine biblical insight and Christian clarity that will help us all think more rightly, more biblically, and more faithfully about weddings. This i a timely and important book.”See All
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr.
president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“It’s your big day, at last! This is the day you’ve waited for, the moment you’ve dreamed about. But what if you’re not meant to be the star of the show? This book will prove to you that Jesus Christ is meant to be the center of your wedding and, best of all, it will help you put Him there.”See All
blogger and author of The Next Story and The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment
How do I keep the focus where it belongs?
Wedding planning has spawned a major industry. The average cost of the occasion now exceeds $25,000, and societal pressure to create the “perfect day” is so strong that even Christian couples forget what God originally intended for the sacred marriage ceremony.
While paying attention to the good fun that follows that special proposal (the dress, the flowers, the cake, the gatherings, etc.), A Christ–Centered Wedding first serves as a guide to believers who want their wedding to portray the relationship of Christ with the church and to reflect the gospel to all in attendance.
From the start, this thoughtful book looks to the Creator of weddings for guidance in planning by emphasizing the sacrificial love of the Savior more than the modern world’s idealistic view of romantic love. There are chapters filled with practical information about everything from pre–marital counseling and choosing a wedding location to other resources like a planning checklist and timeline, music suggestions, guidance on potential issues of conflict, a listing of traditional financial responsibilities, sample vows, and other great ideas from couples who have successfully put together a Christ–centered wedding.