Gresh, Dannah. And the Bride Wore White: Seven Secrets to Sexual Purity. Moody Publishers, 2004.
I read. A lot. And after hours upon hours of reading a book, I finish it and pick up the next one in the series. That’s what you’re supposed to do, right? But after I complete a seven-book series in seven days, I realize that all I have filled my head with is fluff. Why is it that I can read a fluffy book in one day (like Treasured Grace), but it takes me weeks to finish a book about the Christian life (like Adorned)? I know that 99% of New Year’s resolutions fail, but my resolution for this year is to read a non-fiction book for every fiction book I read.
To start my endeavor, I browsed my overflowing bookshelf. The book I chose was And the Bride Wore White by Dannah Gresh. This book had been on my shelf for a few months already, and when I received this book in the mailbox at home, it came with a few other books on the topic of purity. My mom gave questioning glances between me and my recent topic of books; she didn’t ask, but I know she was wondering why I would want to read books about sex, relationships, and purity. When I first pulled this book off my shelf, I wanted to hide it so no one would know what I was reading. But as I read And the Bride Wore White, my whole attitude toward the book and its topic changed. Now I cannot stop telling people to read this book. (Just ask my friends!)
In And the Bride Wore White, Gresh tells her story of purity and what a great gift it is that God has given to us. As I said before, I was embarrassed at first even to mention the title of the book I was reading. I had regarded purity as something we should not talk about. How detrimental is it to us to believe such a lie! There is nothing shameful or funny about purity. It is a high calling placed on us by God that results only in our good! Dannah Gresh talks about the lies about purity the devil feeds us as Christians and weaves in her own personal story. She then expresses truths from scripture regarding purity and poses thought-provoking questions to apply the truths to your life. There are also some fun activities to complete along the way.
Though it may often seem this way, the topic of purity is not meant to be limited only to young dating girls. Purity is pursued when you are single, when you are dating, when you are engaged, and even when you are married. And the Bride Wore White is for women of any age, and I encourage you all to read it. It has inspired me and helped me to grow so much in my Christian walk.