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  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802483445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802483447
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What others are saying . . .

Dannah has tasted the pain and regret of opening God's good gift of sex before its proper time. She has also experienced the sweet healing, freedom, and joy of walking in repentance, forgiveness, and grace. Her message is one every teen girl-and each of their moms-needs to hear. I'm so thankful for the way she is allowing God to use her story, grounded in His Word, to speak into the lives of young women. God is using her to speak into the lives of young women in an engaging and powerful way. I wish I could persuade every teen girl-and every mom-to read this book. ~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss, co-author with Dannah Gresh of Lies Young Women Believe

Dannah challenges young women to say "yes" to what the white wedding dress represents. In a warm, easy-to-read style, she counters the message of this sex-crazed culture with priceless pearls of truth. ~ Mary A. Kassian, author of Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild

I admire Dannah Gresh in so many ways. Her ministry is moving; her writing is relevant; she is a role model to women of all ages and seasons of life. As a survivor, speaker and author on the topic of sexual abuse, I constantly see and hear firsthand the pain of sexually broken and I understand the deep need for Dannah's message. The re-release of her best-seller And The Bride Wore White is an answer to the cry of our culture. This book is a timeless classic that will bring healing and hope to all generations. ~ Nicole Bromley, speaker & author, oneVOICEenterprises

I first read And The Bride Wore White when it was an unpublished manuscript and I was a freshman in college. I devoured it in a single setting and the lessons I learned made a huge impact on my life. as a woman who has now been married more than a decade I still remember and cherish the lessons Dannah presents in this book. Dannah doeswhat other authors do not by moving beyond God's call to purity and outlining a plan to make waiting possible and desirable. This book gave me the blueprint to build a pure marriage, a gift that I am eternally grateful for. Consider And The Bride Wore White a must read for every girl who's ever dreamed of a pure and holy marriage. ~ Erin Davis, author of Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves

The loss of virginity is not simply a physical state of being, but effects the emotional, mental and spiritual lives of every girl. Which is why I appreciate Dannah Gresh and her passion to see girls not only value their virginity, but why the ought to do so. With vulnerability, humor and grace, this book provides girls with the tools they need to take ownership of their bodies, minds and hearts. ~ Crystal Renaud, author of Dirty Girls Come Clean

Human sexuality is at the center of most of the bitter cultural struggles being waged in our day.  Far too many young women don't know right from wrong when it comes to their bodies and their minds because they have bought into the low moral standards promoted on television and in contemporary movies and music.  In a friendly, personal manner, Dannah Gresh helps her readers understand that sexuality is a beautiful gift from God and that He intends it to be reserved for marriage.  I highly recommend And the Bride Wore White to any young woman who wants God's best for her life. ~ Richard Land, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission & host, For Faith & Family Radio

Dannah has a fresh way of sharing important truths we need to hear.  In an age of moral decline even among our church youth, this message is needed now more than ever.  Give Dannah your ear.  You won't be disappointed. ~ Anita Lustrea, host/producer, Midday Connection

As a mother of two teenage daughters, I cannot think of any book more beautifully inspiring than And the Bride Wore White.  My daughters loved Dannah's insights, her humor, and her call for a life without regrets.  I am deeply grateful for the realistic role model she is for my daughters...She has changed their lives, and in doing so she has changed mine. ~ Tammy Maltby, author and co-host of Emmy-nominated Aspiring Women

Review

Dannah has tasted the pain and regret of opening God's good gift of sex before its proper time. She has also experienced the sweet healing, freedom, and joy of walking in repentance, forgiveness, and grace. Her message is one every teen girl-and each of their moms-needs to hear. I'm so thankful for the way she is allowing God to use her story, grounded in His Word, to speak into the lives of young women. God is using her to speak into the lives of young women in an engaging and powerful way. I wish I could persuade every teen girl-and every mom-to read this book. ~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss, co-author with Dannah Gresh of Lies Young Women Believe

Dannah challenges young women to say "yes" to what the white wedding dress represents. In a warm, easy-to-read style, she counters the message of this sex-crazed culture with priceless pearls of truth. ~ Mary A. Kassian, author of Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild

I admire Dannah Gresh in so many ways. Her ministry is moving; her writing is relevant; she is a role model to women of all ages and seasons of life. As a survivor, speaker and author on the topic of sexual abuse, I constantly see and hear firsthand the pain of sexually broken and I understand the deep need for Dannah's message. The re-release of her best-seller And The Bride Wore White is an answer to the cry of our culture. This book is a timeless classic that will bring healing and hope to all generations. ~ Nicole Bromley, speaker & author, oneVOICEenterprises

I first read And The Bride Wore White when it was an unpublished manuscript and I was a freshman in college. I devoured it in a single setting and the lessons I learned made a huge impact on my life. as a woman who has now been married more than a decade I still remember and cherish the lessons Dannah presents in this book. Dannah does what other authors do not by moving beyond God's call to purity and outlining a plan to make waiting possible and desirable. This book gave me the blueprint to build a pure marriage, a gift that I am eternally grateful for. Consider And The Bride Wore White a must read for every girl who's ever dreamed of a pure and holy marriage. ~ Erin Davis, author of Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves

The loss of virginity is not simply a physical state of being, but effects the emotional, mental and spiritual lives of every girl. Which is why I appreciate Dannah Gresh and her passion to see girls not only value their virginity, but why the ought to do so. With vulnerability, humor and grace, this book provides girls with the tools they need to take ownership of their bodies, minds and hearts. ~ Crystal Renaud, author of Dirty Girls Come Clean

Human sexuality is at the center of most of the bitter cultural struggles being waged in our day.  Far too many young women don't know right from wrong when it comes to their bodies and their minds because they have bought into the low moral standards promoted on television and in contemporary movies and music.  In a friendly, personal manner, Dannah Gresh helps her readers understand that sexuality is a beautiful gift from God and that He intends it to be reserved for marriage.  I highly recommend And the Bride Wore White to any young woman who wants God's best for her life. ~ Richard Land, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission & host, For Faith & Family Radio

Dannah has a fresh way of sharing important truths we need to hear.  In an age of moral decline even among our church youth, this message is needed now more than ever.  Give Dannah your ear.  You won't be disappointed. ~ Anita Lustrea, host/producer, Midday Connection

As a mother of two teenage daughters, I cannot think of any book more beautifully inspiring than And the Bride Wore White.  My daughters loved Dannah's insights, her humor, and her call for a life without regrets.  I am deeply grateful for the realistic role model she is for my daughters...She has changed their lives, and in doing so she has changed mine. ~ Tammy Maltby, author and co-host of Emmy-nominated Aspiring Women


More About the Author

Dannah Gresh is a best-selling author of several faith-based books on the subject such as What Are You Waiting For, Get Lost, and And The Bride Wore White. She has long been at the forefront of a movement to encourage healthy sexual choices and is often called upon to use social science and medical research to defend a conservative position on relationships and gender in news media like USA Today, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, Chicago Tribune and Women's Wear Daily. As a resident of the hometown of Penn State, Gresh coaches college students seeking to define their sexual and relationship theology. She was honored to deliver a TED Talk entitled "The Walk of Fame vs The Walk of Shame." Learn more about her at dannahgresh.com.

Customer Reviews

This book was such an amazing inspiration to me.
Amber Audia
Dannah also makes it extremely clear that the reason why God wants us to wait is not to spoil our fun, but to give you the best sexual experience later.
maria telegraphis
I think this book should be required reading for every teenager and for every parent with teenage girls.
LMS

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

105 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Amy L Conner on July 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
Every woman should read this book. Especially if you have daughters. No matter where you are in your life, as a young unmarried woman, a wife/mom, or even a grandmother Dannah's words will speak to your heart. I bought this book for my 16 yr old sister and found that even as a happily married wife and mom, I couldn't put it down. All my life I'd heard the "don't" message and although there are plenty of compelling reasons often mentioned (STD's unwanted pregnancy ect) the most compelling of all was missed. I found it in these pages. The most compelling reason to strive for purity is the reward. Purity is holding your hunger at bay, anticipating the incredible feast God has created in marital love. Purity is getting and staying focused on the goal- and like Dannah says it is a process. Why on earth would you choose cheetos when you have a banquet prepared and waiting! If you didn't know what the banquet was all about your hunger might get the best of you- For many of us it did. I cried when I finished this book thinking of how my life might have been different if only someone had given me this book when I was 16. But after the mourning came healing. Read this book. Give it to your daughters, your sisters, your granddaughters... God will bless you all.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By maria telegraphis on June 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Before meeting Dannah I had already heard the abstinence message. The message that I had heard told my generation not to have sex because we just shouldn't. Reasons for waiting was so we didn't have to experience STD's, unwanted pregenacies, and mulitple heartaches. Often the message would be given by someone who had long since experienced the temptation of premarital sex. It was almost if the married speakers would be bragging because they could do something that we were not yet allowed to. When I went to one of Dannah's retreats I knew that there was something different about her and her message. Her message was one of love, making you able to connect with her. She said that purity is a process, you do not wake up one morning and are pure, and you don't just loose it through an act. Purity is much greater and has to be culitvated through your relationship with Christ. By saying that purity is a process, she was also saying that just because you are married does not mean you are done with working on purity. When she admitted that she put herself on our level and was no longer someone who had it all figured out,but someone who understood what we were going through. She also used her personal stories to help us understand that she is not to condem us but to identify with us. It is how she identifies with us that makes us want to hear what she has to say. Dannah also makes it extremely clear that the reason why God wants us to wait is not to spoil our fun, but to give you the best sexual experience later. God loves His children to have sex, but only in the proper setting. He wants you to wait not so you can be deprived of sex but so that you will not be deprived of what sex is supposed to be.Read more ›
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By LMS on February 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this book at the Christian bookstore and was intrigued by the title. I didn't realize until after I bought it that it was intended for teenagers (I'm in my late 20s and single) But I'm not at all sorry I bought this book. The Lord has really been convincing me lately of the importance of being sexually pure. I was looking for a book that not only discussed purity but how to live it out. This book gives some great tips. I can't wait to try them out for myself. I wish I had had this information when I was a young teenager. It would have saved me a lot of grief, regret and heartache. But while no one can change the past, with God's help and the tips in this book. You can change the future. I appreciate the author's honest. Yes, she is married, but she is very much aware of the struggles that young single women face. I think this book should be required reading for every teenager and for every parent with teenage girls. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Kimimela on August 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
I read this book for the first time when I was seventeen. At the time I hung on every word: my close friends and I were all in the middle of our "purity mania" stage and passing books like Gresh's around while we gushed about our future husbands, our favorite bridal designers, what our wedding colors would be, etc. My class was called into the gymnasium for a talk about abstinence and purity; we were learning all about abstinence in health class; and everywhere you turned purity rings were popping up on girls' ring fingers. We thought we'd really taken the moral high ground and were so proud of ourselves. Ah, those were the days.

Now that I'm a little older, a little wiser, and a LOT more open-minded, let me give you the rundown:

- Gresh's approach is not - in my opinion - worthy of quite the level of venom it's gotten from some of the one star reviews, but I don't think it is the treasure so many mothers and youth group leaders make it out to be, either. As has been noted elsewhere, the purity movement's points all start to sound the same after six or seven books. If you've read two or three others, you can probably sum up her arguments with just a quick skim of the book. Yes, Dannah, studies have shown that sex can lead to unplanned pregnancy, STDs, and heartbreak. Yes, women have historically been made to bear the brunt of these burdens. Anything else to add?

- I absolutely identify with another reviewer who said that she felt just a bit "deceived" at the end of the book: Gresh herself was not a virgin when she wrote it, having had sex at the age of fifteen. Now don't get me wrong, this certainly does not make her a bad person or invalidate the message she is trying to send, but I have to be honest: it left a bad taste in my mouth.
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