The Virgin and the Bride - Kate Cooper,Catherine Fales Cooper Summary
During the last centuries of the Roman Empire, the prevailing ideal of feminine virtue was radically transformed: the pure but fertile heroines of Greek and Roman romance were replaced by a Christian heroine who ardently refused the marriage bed. How this new concept and figure of purity is connected with--indeed, how it abetted--social and religious change is the subject of Kate Cooper's lively book. The Romans saw marital concord as a symbol of social unity--one that was important to maintaining the vigor and political harmony of the empire itself. This is nowhere more clear than in the ancient novel, where the mutual desire of hero and heroine is directed toward marriage and social renewal. But early Christian romance subverted the main outline of the story: now the heroine abandons her marriage partner for an otherworldly union with a Christian holy man. Cooper traces the reception of this new ascetic literature across the Roman world. How did the ruling classes respond to the Christian claim to moral superiority, represented by the new ideal of sexual purity? How did women themselves react to the challenge to their traditional role as matrons and matriarchs? In addressing these questions, Cooper gives us a vivid picture of dramatically changing ideas about sexuality, family, and morality--a cultural revolution with far-reaching implications for religion and politics, women and men. The Virgin and the Bride offers a new look at central aspects of the Christianization of the Roman world, and an engaging discussion of the rhetoric of gender and the social meaning of idealized womanhood.
The Bride - Dr. Brian J. Bailey Summary
Dr. Brian Bailey’s book The Bride is a fresh and penetrating, verse by verse, exposition of the Song of Solomon. With remarkable clarity of vision we are shown the development of that grand and glorious love relationship between Christ and His bride. This little book so inspiringly portrays the role of the Bridegroom in our lives, that the reader becomes overwhelmed with a fervent hope and desire to become more like Him. We are also given that blessed hope that with right steps, we can and will reflect the divine image of our Creator. Do you sense your need for an awakened heart? Do you desire to be quickened and drawn to Him? Do you want to have the beauty of Christ’s character formed and developed in you? Do you long for your fellowship with God to be further established and enlarged beyond your present experience? Then this is the book for you.
The Bride & Groom Thank-You Guide - Sharon Naylor Summary
How can I ever thank you? Thank-you notes are essential-but they don't have to be torturous to write and stilting to read. With this concise guide, modern couples can make the task easy while adding essential personal touches to each note they send. Filled with information on everything about writing the perfect thank-you, including: - Modern technology like email, DVDs, and videostreaming-to use or not to use? - The top 15 thank-you mistakes-and how to avoid them - A thank-you thesaurus - How to word thank-yous for non-traditional gifts, including charitable donations and honeymoon registries - Thanking the bridal party and other special people - Creating unique cards with stamp art, photos, and more - Thank-you checklists, shopping lists, and a writing timetable
Framing the Bride - Bonnie Adrian Summary
"Do not be misled by the title of this book. It is a study of Taiwan's bridal industry but it is also a fine ethnography of marriage in contemporary urban Taipei. With great subtlety, Bonnie Adrian shows us how much marriage in Taiwan has changed and how many of the old ways it has retained. She does so with wit and humor."—Margery Wolf, author of A Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic Responsibility "Faced with the puzzle of the ubiquitous bridal photography in Taipei, Bonnie Adrian has produced a model ethnography of media-saturated contemporary life. Ethnographically adventurous, analytically smart, and warmly human, this book cleverly unpacks the ways women’s canny choices in Taiwan are forged at the intersection of everyday worlds of inter-generational tension, fantasies fed by a keenly competitive local culture industry, and global imagery tied to the transnational beauty industry. Unlike many who work on globalization, Adrian has not lost sight of the ways that gender and family are still at the heart of people’s social worlds and women are not victims."—Lila Abu-Lughod, author of Veiled Sentiments and Writing Women’s Worlds
Plutarch's Advice to the Bride and Groom and A Consolation to His Wife - Plutarch Summary
While perhaps best known for his Lives, Plutarch also wrote philosophical dialogues that constitute a major intellectual legacy from the first century A.D. This collection presents two important short works from his writings in moral philosophy. They reveal Plutarch at his best--informative, sympathetic, rich in narrative--and are accompanied by an extensive commentary that situates Plutarch and his views on marriage in their historical context.
The Bride's Mirror - Naz̲īr Aḥmad Summary
Muslim Family And Social Life In Old Delhi, With Its Crowded Markets And Narrow Lanes, Its Festivals And Weddings, Moneylenders And Cheats, Spiteful Servants And Machinating Mothers, Have Never Been As Vividly And Energetically Portrayed As In This Novel, The First Bestseller In Urdu. This Translation, Done In 1903 By An Admiring Englishman, Is A Classic Now Back In Print After A Century.
The Bride's Secrets - Debra Webb Summary
Mission: Find a runaway bride. Expose her true identity. Target: Eve Mattson, self-described "problem solver" for hire. Has been on the wrong side of the law most of her life. Recently showed signs of putting the past behind her, especially after leaving the wrong guy at the altar. Investigator: J.T. Baxley, new employee who's mistaken his bride-to-be for an honest woman. Superior investigative skills, emotionally vulnerable, willing to take a bullet in the name of justice. (Extremely handsome!) Supervisor's Comments: Twists and turns no one saw coming. Attraction again developing between Baxley and Mattson? Neither ever trusted anyone. Reports that the two have been spotted in passionate embraces in the midst of lethal situations!
The Bride's Guide to Wedding Photography - Steve Sint Summary
With the comprehensive, invaluable advice found in these illustrated pages, a bride can figure out what she wants from her wedding photography. Does she want a traditional style, or more of a journalistic feel? Will time be allotted for formal portraits of family and the bridal party? Which gowns, flowers, veils, makeup, and poses will look the best in photos'. Brides-to-be can examine every option, and learn just what they need to know about technical choices including the pros and cons of digital photography. From different packages to ordering enlargements and albums, they’ll get the scoop on how to use their time wisely, look their best, get the most for their money, deal with overtime, and even tip properly.
Here Comes the Bride - Sue Angel Summary
How closely does your relationship with your husband match what God had in mind when He designed marriage? Why did He create marriage in the first place? Is it possible for your marital union to change from miserable to happy? How is your spiritual life? Are you closer to the Lord today than you were a year ago? What does it mean to be a part of the bride of Christ? Comparing marriage to the relationship of Christ and the church, Sue Angel explores not only how you can become the wife that God intended you to be, but also how you can enhance your walk with the heavenly Bridegroom. Sue Angel and her husband Charles have enjoyed a rich and deeply satisfying marriage since 1964. Drawing on her own marital relationship and on the study of God's Word, Sue has over the years taught Bible studies for women and led women's ministries and retreats. The Angels live in central Arkansas, where they are active in their local church.