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Your Interfaith Wedding: A Guide to Blending Faiths, Cultures, and Personal Values into One Beautiful Wedding Ceremony Hardcover – September 2, 2010

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"You have found the love of your life and now it's time for the wedding. As you plan this sacred ceremony be sure to read Your Interfaith Wedding by Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway. Her wisdom, and years of expertise as a wedding officiant specializing in interdenominational weddings, will provide you with the words, prayers, and rituals that will honor the Bride, the Groom, and both families." (Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret)

"Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway brings such depth of insight and beautiful inspiration to Your Interfaith Wedding! Now, couples can rise above the confusing advice on message boards and the interference of family expectations to blend their lives and beliefs in a wedding ceremony and celebration that encompasses the best of what their union brings to one another, to their families, and to their world. Rev. Laurie Sue has long been on my personal list of most-admired wedding officiants, and I'm thrilled for you, readers, that you get to have her on your wedding planning team with this book in your hands." (Sharon Naylor, author of The Complete Outdoor Wedding Planner and over 35 additional wedding planning books)

"Words are the heart of a wedding ceremony. Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway helps couples create ceremonies that honor and articulate their unique relationship and cultural background, choosing words and rituals that have a soulful resonance for them. As a wide councel, Rev. Laurie Sue has a way of guiding couples so they can, in the words of the poet Rumi, 'let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.' And that authenticity moves with them into their life together, long after the ceremony's end." (Cornelia Powell, editor, Weddings of Grace, and author of The Bride's Ritual Guide: Look Inside to Find Yourself)

"It is so rare to find an officiant who can bring together people of all faiths and any background in meaningful ceremonies. Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is a leading expert in interfaith and mixed-culture weddings. She understands the special needs of couples opting for a mixed marriage and guides them wisely and expertly. She shares all her secrets in Your Interfaith Wedding." (David Toussaint, author of Gay and Lesbian Weddings: Planning the Perfect Same-Sex Ceremony)

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I believe in the power of true love. I believe in soul mates, and that the couples who are meant to be together have the ability to see one another through the eyes of the soul.  That allows many feelings about "differences" to melt away.

In my wedding ministry, time and time again, I have met lovely people who clearly are meant for each other but who do not come from the same background or faith. They have found a way to embrace one another, and in most cases, one another's families, despite any inherent challenges.

It has become clear to me that love and commitment come in many packages, shapes, sizes, shades, languages, backgrounds and faiths.  Love simply does not limit itself to existing only between people who are of the same faith nor does it merely join together people who have the same skin tone or accents. And it does not insist that a man born in one part of the world must only love someone from his country or culture, nor that a woman born into a religious household will find her beloved in the faith of her family.

Love is a force with a mind of its own, and it transcends the limited thinking that we must "stick with our own kind." Many modern men and women are coming to see that true love is a gift, even when an adoring, committed partner does not quite fit the ideal of our fantasies or arrive in the outer package our parents imagined for us.

My philosophy is that love between two people is a sacred union and it adds a dimension of holiness to our world that cannot be categorized by religion or culture. Are there challenges? Yes, and for some couples the situation is more complex than others. But I have also witnessed many couples rise above the roadblocks to their relationship and successfully blend their beliefs into married life.
 
Warmly,
 
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway
New York City
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313378010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313378010
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is a widely recognized as an expert on interfaith, intercultural, and highly personalized nondenominational weddings. She also specializes in helping couples and families manage wedding conflicts and reduce wedding stress.

She is a well-established New York City wedding officiant and interfaith minister with extensive experience, and is known for her warm, loving and creative approach to blessing couples of all backgrounds. She has guided thousands of couples on their journey to the altar and beyond.

She is author of 14 books. In her newest book, "YOUR PERFECT WEDDING VOWS: A Guide to Romantic and Loving Words for Your Ceremony," she offers couples a stress-free approach to selecting, adapting, or writing vows. The book is concise, easy to follow, and outlines every possible approach to including personal, classic, or unique vows in your wedding.

Other wedding books include:

"YOUR INTERFAITH WEDDING: A Guide to Blending Faiths, Cultures, and Personal Values into One Beautiful Wedding Ceremony" (Praeger), designed to help couples navigate through the experience of blending their lives and families in a meaningful ceremony.

"WEDDING GODDESS: A Divine Guide to Transforming Wedding Stress to Wedding Bliss" (Perigee/​Penguin Books), in which she shares her sage insights on to prepare for marriage and plan a wedding without the typical wedding stress.

As a contemporary clergy person, Rev. Laurie Sue specializes in creative and loving ceremonies, serving couples of all backgrounds, cultures and religions. New York Magazine's "New York Weddings" lists her as one of the city's top officiants.

Her wedding ministry is built on expertise in relationships developed in her 20 years as a journalist, prior to ordination.

She is currently a love and wedding blogger for "The Huffington Post."

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As a woman who is Jewish married to man who is Catholic, this book has been a Godsend. Too often interfaith couples are ridiculed or made to choose one faith or the other. Brockway's book seamlessly works with all religions and cultures to create a ceremony to embrace each spouse's individual faiths or traditions. I was able to incorporate many of her suggestions to take the stress and potential conflict out of my special day. Brockway should be able to claim the title of expert in this area. I have since loaned my book to several friends who also have benefited from her knowledge. After persusing my copy, they purchased their own. Whether you are a Mormon marrying a Lutheran, an African Amercian marrying an Asian, or any "non-traditional" couple in love, this is the book for you.
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A perfect book for anyone trying to incorporate more than one religion into your wedding ceremony. Your Interfaith Wedding has everything you need to do this, from sample vows to real life stories...you will find it all. Rev. Laurie Sue offers unique ideas and great tips on how to include everyone in your family. Even if you don't follow a certain religion, you may enjoy another tradition that she describes in her book. Plus it's a fun read!
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Getting married is stressful enough, but when you combine that with marrying someone of a diferent faith the stress levels soar! Reverend Brockway's book helps you get thru this trying time with love, intellegence and a sense of humor. Way to go Reverend! My best friend is getting married to a wonderful man of a different religion as well next year and I have already bought her this book. I know that it will help her more than words can say.
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Your Interfaith Wedding is readable, interesting, and loaded with profound advice. For any couple about to embark on an interfaith union, this is the book for you. Step by step, Rev. Brockway tells you what you need to know and how to blend different faith traditions into a wonderful ceremony that is all-embracing and satisfying to the couple and family members alike. This book is a treasure!
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This book is one the most helpful tools I've acquired in my wedding planning! I am pagan, my fiance is spiritual - but my in laws are evangelical Christians. Needless to say, this book gave a ton of great advice, many great stories and lots of ideas for our wedding ceremony!! It is well written, thorough and focuses on the whole point of marriage: LOVE. Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is an amazing officiant! (I would know, she's marrying my fiance and I in June 2015!)
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