A Christ-Centered Wedding
by Catherine Strode Parks and Linda Strode
Coming in April 2014 from B&H Publishing
This book came about as a result of a conversation I had with my mom in 2011. As a pastor’s wife she has seen many weddings and we were discussing the sad reality that many Christians miss out on viewing their weddings as an opportunity to proclaim the gospel. In fact, I believe I missed out on that chance as well. I wanted my wedding to glorify God, but in the seven years since that day I have grown so much in my understanding of the gospel-rich symbolism of weddings. Having been witness to some beautiful, Christ-exalting ceremonies since that day, I had a deep desire to do something to increase awareness of this opportunity for others. So my mom and I decided to try to write a book. It is an interesting process – I’m doing the writing, but my mom is extremely creative so she is collaborating with me in giving her own wisdom and ideas. The Lord is graciously using this process to teach me what it really means to give Him glory.
Rather than writing a “wedding planner” with charts and checklists, we decided to design this book as more of a guide in thinking through the various aspects of a wedding. For that reason we are attempting to discuss everything from premarital counseling to wedding showers, and then of course the elements of the ceremony and reception. The more I write, though, the more I realize it is truly just a book about the gospel. Hopefully it will help others in thinking through and applying the gospel to this special time in their lives, but more than that I pray it would help readers to go deeper in their love for God and their appreciation of Christ’s work on the cross. The writing process is certainly doing that for me.
We also hope readers will come away with a greater understanding of God’s plan for marriage. Genesis 2 shows us that marriage was God’s design and that it is His doing, and we get a glimpse of the first wedding as He brings Eve to Adam. The Bible has a lot to say about marriage, but essentially it is a beautiful opportunity for us to better understand and then exemplify to the world the sacrificial love and leadership of Christ toward the church. The great news is that our weddings can also exemplify this as we have this rare opportunity to share the gospel with a captive audience and to lay a solid foundation for marriage.
We welcome your thoughts and prayers as we write the book!