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The Heart of the Wedding (Our National Conversation)

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Publisher Comments:

“Gerry Fierst has not written yet another ‘wedding book.  He  has drawn a new roadmap, drawn fresh routes to old oases, and opened up vistas. In this in-depth, but very practical book, Gerry Fierst is forging new and honest territory in Western civilisation.”                  --Dally Mesenger, Civil Celebrant and Founder of the International College of                Celebrance, Melbourne, Australia     “ A wise and fine book by a writer who understands that stories are a connecting tissue which binds each relationship. Shared lovingly in these ceremonies, story also binds the couple to their community.”                  --Margaret Read MacDonald, Folkorist and Author, Seattle, Washington    

 

“Gerald Fierst brings to mind this metaphor:  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree” (Psalm 92:14). The branches of a palm tree grow from its heart, not like other trees. Like the palm, Gerald reaches out to his listeners/readers from his heart so they hear the message of the story,not only with their ears but with their hearts.  Like the palm, Fierst is also very creative and imaginative. He has the vision and playful love of language that allow him to shape the preparations, the process and the ceremony of a  wedding with new dimensions. This book truly illuminates the celebration of marriage through cross-cultural history, folktale, people stories, ritual, all infused with practical advice and wisdom. It's a book for all seasons!”

 

            --Peninnah Schram, storyteller, author, professor of speech and drama,

              Stern College of Yeshiva University, New York,  NY

 

  

“This is a fresh, fascinating look into the hearts of couples and their unique commitment  ceremonies.  In it, Fierst--a master storyteller and busy celebrant—offers his very  personal, timeless and touching tales of love and devotion pertaining  to the institution of marriage.  It's a must read for all couples who are thinking about tying the knot!”

 

             - Walter Newkirk, author, memoraBEALEia: A Private  Scrapbook

             About Edie Beale of Grey Gardens

 

 

"I've been married twice: neither time in a church and both with scant resources available on how to be both creative and meaningful. If I'd had Gerald Fierst's thoughtful guide, one of my loves might have lasted. If I ever pledge my heart again, this book will be mandatory reading for all parties.”

 

            — Loren Niemi

               Storyteller and author, Minneapolis, MN

 

 

“Creating rituals, as I recognize in my own work, is the deepest way we can come into relationship with the ‘Something bigger than ourselves.  It asks us to take our place in the larger pageant of life, to touch and be touched by what has come before us, and to awaken to what our own intentions are in carrying the story forward.  I am grateful for Gerrys contribution in this area. As a psychotherapist, I will use this book as a companion and guide when working with my own clients around creating rituals that are relevant to their own healing and unfolding.”

 

            --Anne-Marie Benjamin, MSW, Portland, Oregon

Synopsis:

TODAY'S   COUPLES AND THE CELEBRATIONS THEY CHOOSE COME IN MANY VARIETIES

“The Heart of Wedding reconnects the marriage ritual to our twenty-first century lives.  Gerald Fierst, celebrant, poet, and storyteller, fills chapter after chapter with examples of ceremonies showing that weddings need not be Victorian relics, but can be filled with a sense of fun and adventure, as well as common sense.  Acknowledging our multi-cultural nation where people of every race, Faith, and heritage meet and marry, this book celebrates the new America, respecting tradition while finding a contemporary voice to say ‘I do.  Gerry brings to this book the same care, precision and artistry I have seen him bring to all of his projects. By connecting lifes passages with a larger vision of humanity – past, present and future – Gerry shows us a way to celebrate our families and ourselves.”                  --Susan OHalloran, Director, RaceBridges, Chicago Illinois

About the Author

Gerald Fierst is a civil celebrant and professional storyteller who performs more than 100 wedding ceremonies and scores of storytelling concerts each year.  He lives with his family in New Jersey, just outside New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781935166221
Author:
Fierst, Gerald
Publisher:
Parkhurst Brothers Publishers Inc
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Weddings
Edition Description:
First Edition, 1st Edition, Original Trade Paperback
Series:
Our National Conversation
Series Volume:
5
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16
Pages:
206
Dimensions:
10 x 7 x 0.55 in

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TODAY'S   COUPLES AND THE CELEBRATIONS THEY CHOOSE COME IN MANY VARIETIES

“The Heart of Wedding reconnects the marriage ritual to our twenty-first century lives.  Gerald Fierst, celebrant, poet, and storyteller, fills chapter after chapter with examples of ceremonies showing that weddings need not be Victorian relics, but can be filled with a sense of fun and adventure, as well as common sense.  Acknowledging our multi-cultural nation where people of every race, Faith, and heritage meet and marry, this book celebrates the new America, respecting tradition while finding a contemporary voice to say ‘I do.  Gerry brings to this book the same care, precision and artistry I have seen him bring to all of his projects. By connecting lifes passages with a larger vision of humanity – past, present and future – Gerry shows us a way to celebrate our families and ourselves.”                  --Susan OHalloran, Director, RaceBridges, Chicago Illinois

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