Each chapter of And the Bride Wore White begins with a narrative of Dannah Gresh’s young love life, taken from her own teenage journals. She transparently shares her struggles and successes, her moments of pain followed by healing, and the moments of triumph. This story-line grips the young reader while they learn statistically proven risk-reduction factors. The end result are usable “how-to-say-no” skills that can reduce the risk of a young woman’s heart being broken by sexual sin.
In this update, Dannah and her friends share open letters of encouragement to young women, one to those who chose life and another to those who chose abortion, one to teen girls addicted to pornography and another to girls who have experienced sexual abuse, and many more specific to a young woman’s unique circumstances.
Book Review by Erika
After taking preteen and teen girls through Gresh’s “Secret Keeper” books, I contemplated buying this book to go through with a bunch of college age girls at summer camp. Before ordering a whole slew of them, I bought one for myself and read through it. I am married already, but the book was so great, I read through it in about a day and a half. It’s a book that draws you in and compells you to finish! I then handed it out to my college girls. One of them was worried it would be too much work, as the whole group is also going through Henry Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” study, which is pretty intense.
10 minutes after handing them out, the girls were already “into” it. They were discussing all sorts of topics related to purity, and one said she was sure she couldn’t stop reading after the assigned first chapter. I’m thrilled that something like this is out there. God is using it to teach Christian girls about His BEST plan for sex, marriage, and purity of thought. The leader’s guide is more for a retreat, but can be used as a Bible study, and the companion is nice, but not necessary. Thanks for a much needed study, Dannah!
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 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
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About the Author
Dannah Gresh is the best-selling author, speaker, and founder of True Girl (formerly Secret Keeper Girl), America’s most popular Christian tween event. She has authored over 20 books that have been translated into 12 languages, including And the Bride Wore White, and Lies Girls Believe. Considered one of the leading experts on the subjects of sexual theology and parenting tweens and teens, her resources have equipped over one million moms and leaders as they seek to raise their girls in confidence and Truth. Over 400,000 have attended her live events.
Dannah is a frequent co-host for Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s Revive Our Hearts as well as a popular guest on programs like Focus on the Family and Family Life. She has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and the TEDx stage. She lives on a hobby farm in State College, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bob.
Originally published: 1999