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With this Ring
Promises to Keep

by Joanna Weaver

      With this Ring is not just another collection of love stories to get us in the mood for wedding season. Instead, it is a beautiful and elegant collection of thoughts and inspirational verse appropriate for any couple embarking on the journey of marriage. Although many of the vignettes are decidedly Christian, With this Ring is anything but preachy. The sentiments reflect a varied population and are applicable in many different walks of life.

For instance, one memorable episode in the book is a story entitled, "Let Me Be Your Mirror" in which honeymooners Bill and Pam Farrel prepare for a night on the town together. As they are going through their personal preparation Pam begins to criticize her physical appearance. Bill states, I got up and walked toward Pam. I wrapped my arms around her and gave her a reassuring hug. Then I stepped back, took her face tenderly in my hands, and said, "Pam, let me be your mirror. You are gorgeous! Let me reflect back to you the beautiful woman you are. If we have to throw all the mirrors in our house away, we will. From now on, I will be your mirror!" (p. 72)

While so much regarding modern wedding ceremonies is done for show and is about appearances, these stories touch the heart of what is truly important in today's unions. By examining such aspects of the traditional marriage vows as love, forgiveness, and what it means "to have and to hold," Joanna Weaver creates an opportunity for each marriage partner to reflect on the significant covenant they are making and provides an outlet to record those thoughts and feelings. As promised, With this Ring is sure to become a treasured keepsake.

The Book

Waterbrook Press
April 15, 2008
Inspirational (relationships)
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The Reviewer

Donna Satterlee Ross
Reviewed 2008
NOTE: Reviewer Donna Satterlee Ross is the co-editor of That's Life with Autism: Tales And Tips for Families With Autism and is currently working on a new book about autism and humor.
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