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Inviting God to Your Wedding: and Keeping God in Your Marriage [Hardcover]

By Jon Anderson (Author) & Jon Anderson (Author)
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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.57" Width: 5.81" Height: 1.06"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 31, 2000
Publisher   Crown
ISBN  0609606387  
EAN  9780609606384  


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"God is the silent partner in all great enterprises." -- Abraham Lincoln "In the months before our wedding, I searched the shelves of my favorite bookstores for a wedding book that I never found: A book that would celebrate my joy and acknowledge my fears. A book that would be a silent friend that wouldn't overwhelm me with week-by-week checklists and endless pictures of table settings. . . . I knew that before I began organizing the most important event of my life, I needed to organize my heart." Inviting God to Your Wedding is not just about planning for an event. It's about preparing for a miracle. Written with honesty, wisdom, and humor by Touched By An Angel Executive Producer Martha Williamson, with a special chapter for men by her husband and Co-Executive Producer Jon Andersen, this inspiring book is a "wedding handbook" for your spirit and your soul. Funny, thought-provoking, and thoroughly useful, it is filled with ideas, suggestions, and commonsense advice that focus on the most important aspect of every wedding: the coming together of a man and a woman "in the sight of God." From wedding showers to the wedding night, this personal workbook will help create a three-way partnership with God from the start, one that will sustain couples in times of crisis as well as triumph and joy. Inviting God to Your Wedding will become an encouraging handbook of comfort, and celebration in the weeks and months before your wedding, and a treasured book of memories throughout your marriage.

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"God is the silent partner in all great enterprises."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"In the months before our wedding, I searched the shelves of my favorite bookstores for a wedding book that I never found: A book that would celebrate my joy and acknowledge my fears. A book that would be a silent friend that wouldn't overwhelm me with week-by-week checklists and endless pictures of table settings. . . . I knew that before I began organizing the most important event of my life, I needed to organize my heart."

Inviting God to Your Wedding is not just about planning for an event. It's about preparing for a miracle. Written with honesty, wisdom, and humor by Touched By An Angel Executive Producer Martha Williamson, with a special chapter for men by her husband and Co-Executive Producer Jon Andersen, this inspiring book is a "wedding handbook" for your spirit and your soul.

Funny, thought-provoking, and thoroughly useful, it is filled with ideas, suggestions, and commonsense advice that focus on the most important aspect of every wedding: the coming together of a man and a woman "in the sight of God." From wedding showers to the wedding night, this personal workbook will help create a three-way partnership with God from the start, one that will sustain couples in times of crisis as well as triumph and joy.
        
Inviting God to Your Wedding will become an encouraging handbook of comfort, and celebration in the weeks and months before your wedding, and a treasured book of memories throughout your marriage.
"Increasingly, couples today are searching for means to add dimensions to their marriage -- substance which can only be found in our Creator's wisdom and grace. Without religious pretense but with genuine spiritual insight, Martha Williamson offers a mountain of truth and a fountain of life available for practical application. There is even more than an angel touch here -- there is something of the promise of God's presence Himself available for your wedding."
-- Jack W. Hayford, Litt.D., Pastor/President The Church On The Way, The King's Seminary

"Marriages are made in heaven but ruined on earth. Martha Williamson and Jon Andersen show you, in precise and tangible ways and with the characteristic outpourings of their loving, generous hearts, how to make your marriage healthy, and sometimes even heavenly."        
-- Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author of The Book of Jewish Values: A Day-by-Day Guide To Ethical Living
Martha Williamson is the award-winning Executive Producer and Head Writer of the groundbreaking inspirational series Touched By An Angel. In addition to her twenty-year career in television drama, comedy, and variety, she is also a popular speaker and author. Jon Andersen, Co-Executive Producer of Touched By An Angel, is a producer and director. He is a veteran of more than fifty television series, movies of the week, mini-series, and feature films. Jon and Martha were married in 1998 in Santa Barbara, California.
The first invitation goes to God

You could get married in three minutes in front of two witnesses and someone with the authority to declare you legally married. You don't need a cake, you don't need champagne, you don't need a room full of spectators, and you don't need music or even a wedding dress.

You probably need a license and, of course, someone who wants to spend the rest of his life with you. That's important. I begin this book with the assumption that you are actually marrying someone for that reason--that you both are madly in love and can't imagine living life without each other.

But you are also reading this book because you have decided that you need Someone Else at the wedding. At some level you understand that a wedding between two people, an officiant, and two or even two hundred witnesses is certainly legal, possibly romantic, and definitely optimistic, but it isn't necessarily a spiritual event. However, if God attends your wedding, you are replacing optimism with faith and genuine hope. You are saying that you are aware of the challenges that marriage presents and that you are asking God to be there with you both at the very beginning and to stay with you on the journey until death do you part.

There is a ship and it sails the sea . . .
Give us a boat that can carry two
And both shall row, my love and I.


Marriage is not so much an institution as it is a conveyance, and I often think of these lyrics from a folk song when I try to describe marriage as a form of transportation through life. However, "Unless the Lord builds the house," or in this case the ship, "we labor in vain," says the Bible (Psalm 127:1). The time to construct the boat is not when it's in the middle of troubled waters. It makes the most sense to build it in fair weather before it ever has to ride out a storm. That's why you'll want to invite God from the very beginning, to help you design your ship and set your course. That means that a spiritual marriage begins with a spiritual wedding. And a spiritual wedding begins with spiritual preparation. It's not just about picking hymns and choosing readings from the Bible. It's about preparing your own heart to be as emotionally and spiritually ready as possible to step into that boat when the big day comes!

And so, the first wedding invitation that you send should be a very personal one, a prayer that asks God to attend not only the ceremony on your wedding day, but to be there for all the decisions and the details beforehand. Remember, God holds time in His hands. Whatever concerns you have about the months to come, He is already there in the future and He can give you peace about it. So it is perfectly right and appropriate to include Him today. Don't wait until the morning of your wedding to ask Him to show up. There is so much He can do right now to help.

I know, it's hard to imagine. Why would God care about your wedding? People make the mistake of assuming that God is too busy with "really important issues" to be bothered with somebody's nuptials. But that was never my experience. I love this line from a popular hymn that I sing to myself whenever I think my needs are too trivial for God.

His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

His eye is on you, too. And I know He is watching and waiting for your invitation.

Ideas to ponder
The Greeks described love in three forms. The first two are "Eros" and "Philia." Eros is the love that expresses itself romantically. Philia is friendship. H. Norman Wright describes the two this way: "While eros is almost always a face-to-face relationship, philia is often a shoulder-to-shoulder relationship." Finally, the third form of love is "Agape"--the love that is unconditional and asks nothing in return. That is, perhaps, the best love of all. Beyond face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder, there must be heart-to-heart. When you marry "for love," are all forms of it present in your relationship? As you prepare spiritually for your wedding, ask God to bring all three into balance.

Write it out
Your first wedding invitation is going out to God. Before you invite Him, however, be clear on the reasons you want Him there. Write it out:
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Say it out loud

Call to Me and I will answer you.
And I will tell you great and mighty things which you
do not know.

JEREMIAH 33:3

God wants to attend your wedding, but He's a gentleman. He won't go if He's not invited. Take a private moment to ask, out loud, for God's presence not only at your wedding but throughout the planning process.

Dear God,
Even with all the friends and loved ones I have who want to help me, I need Someone who will really make the difference between a wedding and a miracle. Will You help me? Will You teach me and my fiancé how to truly become one? I believe You will.  Thank You.
Amen.


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Martha Williamson is the award-winning Executive Producer and Head Writer of the groundbreaking inspirational series Touched By An Angel. In addition to her twenty-year career in television drama, comedy, and variety, she is also a popular speaker and author. Jon Andersen, Co-Executive Producer of Touched By An Angel, is a producer and director. He is a veteran of more than fifty television series, movies of the week, mini-series, and feature films. Jon and Martha were married in 1998 in Santa Barbara, California.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
This is all you need if you are engaged  Oct 30, 2006
I suggest 1) a premarital class at your church, 2) $50 for a license, 3) a minister, and 4) this book for a God-loving marriage.

I read this book when I got engaged and completely gave myself, my husband, and my relationship to God, and this book helped out.

What is this about: your Cinderella fantasy party or uniting yourself in God's gift of a precious covenant? You can take off the rose-colored glasses without dampening your spirit. This book encourages you to be realistic and prepared without seeming intimidating. No day in your life is perfect, and your wedding is no exception.

Rather than making sure the dress is perfect, polish your relationship with your fiance by praying together, sharing, communicating. Cause the wedding may seem like a big deal now...but looking back 2 years later, just me, it's better to invest energy that everyday after your wedding is better than that "big day." Celebrate, laugh, and enjoy your special day with God's presence, but remember the best is yet to come!

That is only part of the book. It's truly meant for anyone: already married, getting married, or who would like to marry someday. Offers great healing processes with your spouse, financial strategies, and putting Christ above it all! I recommend buying and opening it up every once in a while!
 
Forget the planning books! This book is all you need!  Jun 2, 2003
I received this book as a gift, and I know that it was God-sent. It reminded me that good luck traditions showed a lack of faith in me for God to handle everything. As if I needed luck! I have God, and He will provide blessings beyond everything else.

Because I wasn't worried about getting all the traditions right so I'd have a happy marriage, I honestly enjoyed my wedding more than most I believe ever do!

The producers of Touched By An Angel wrote this, and I can see why the tv show was on so long!

 
Draws you both closer to God before the big day!  Nov 13, 2002
This book is wonderful! My husband and I read it together in the months before our wedding, taking turns writing our responses, praying together and talking about some issues that may not have come up otherwise (like "past loves"). This book really places the focus on the marriage and the sanctity of that covenant, and on keeping God at the center of the relationship. We can also now go back and read the notes we made to each other in the book, and remember how special that time was leading up to our wedding. Buy this book!!
 
Beautifully Written!!!!!  Jan 3, 2002
I received this book as a birthday present, four months prior to my wedding. It came at the best time in my life; when I was overwhelmed in wedding planning and preparation. I can't remember God not being there for me, but I seemed to need Him so much more during that wonderful time. Ms. Williamson's book helped me put things in perspective while allowing me to put my heart's thoughts on paper. My husband and I desired to make our wedding ceremony a true worship experience. This book assisted in making sure that we shared our incredible love for God with others and the incredible love He gave us to give to one another. There are spaces available to journal your thoughts, jot down wedding ideas, and just write those words that we often find difficult to speak. The scripture references just touched our hearts (perfect for incorporating in your service, the prayers to read aloud were powerful and the words of encouragement were answers to prayer.

Every marriage needs God in the center of it. Ms. Williamson's anointed words give guidance to making sure a couples' true focus belong on the Father. Only He can give perfect peace and unspeakable joy during the midst of all the planning and excitement and all the days that will follow.

I hope reading this book touches another soul as it has touched mine.

 
A "must read" if you are about to walk down the aisle  Nov 26, 2001
I would tell any bride to dump the wedding guides and read this book instead. It is more spiritual than religious and you will find yourself more cleansed and prepared for the big day and especially the days to follow. Martha includes inspirational stories and quotes and this book is a very easy read. There were so many wonderful words of wisdom and ideas to ponder over that I had to read it twice. Finally, I would like to say that my wedding day was beyond what I ever could have created because I invited God to be there. It is a simple act but I would have never thought of it had it not been for this book. It was a day I will never forget and it was even more wonderful because I was truly ready, spiritually and emotionally. This will be a well deserved retreat in the midst of the decisions and planning.
 

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