Chosen and Cherished: Becoming the Bride of Christ

Chosen and Cherished: Becoming the Bride of Christ

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Chosen and Cherished: Becoming the Bride of Christ by Edna Ellison, Kimberly Sowell

In the heart of every woman is a longing to be deeply loved and treasured by another. While this is never fulfilled perfectly in our earthly relationships, believers are promised that heaven is a place of eternal joy with Jesus Himself, who has chosen his cherished Bride. In this ten-lesson study, women will grow to understand how human wedding traditions symbolize the ultimate marriage of Christ—the Bridegroom—and His beloved church. Through this understanding, a woman will draw nearer to Jesus as she learns to take her place as His Bride. Chosen and Cherished contains a word portrait of an ancient Jewish wedding. In living color, the authors paint images of ancient wedding customs as women of the Bible would have celebrated them, pointing readers to the spiritual significance for today. The book also features personal wedding stories from the authors and others. With humor and tenderness, these illustrations further demonstrate the promise of eternal life. Women’s wedding dreams and memories take on new significance in light of the marvelous truth pictured in Chosen and Cherished. As a woman prepares herself for the Bridegroom, she begins to discover an intimacy with Him greater than she ever imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596697256
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A popular author and speaker, Edna Ellison, PhD, has addressed women in almost every state in the US and has led women’s conferences across Europe and South and Middle America. A humorist at heart, Edna loves collecting Christian jokes and leading women in her church in the Beautiful Hat Society, a group of Christian women who meet monthly for encouragement, laughter, and a time of sharing their mentoring adventures. Edna Ellison has raised two children and loves to spend time with her grandchild, Blakely.
Kimberly Sowell is the founder and president of Kingdom Heart Ministries, a ministry dedicated to inspiring women to make their relationship with Jesus Christ the center of who they are and how they live each moment, growing in Christ and sharing their faith with the world. Kimberly holds a bachelor of arts degree from Clemson University and a master of divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Chapter 1 Foundations of Love 9

Chapter 2 Chosen and Cherished 19

Chapter 3 Bought with a Price 33

Chapter 4 A Choice of Cups 45

Chapter 5 Showered with Gifts 57

Chapter 6 Watching and Waiting 67

Chapter 7 Clothed in Righteousness 79

Chapter 8 The Big Day Arrives 91

Chapter 9 The Joy of Intimacy 103

Chapter 10 Let the Celebration Begin! 115

Conclusion: A Wedding Invitation 127

Leader's Guide for Group Study Facilitators and Mentors 131

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