I thought about that dress and the whole process of planning a wedding as I was reading The Magic Room, a new book by Jeffrey Zaslow that I was sent to review for BlogHer. It was one of the most interesting concepts I have read in years. Zaslow centered his story around Becker's Bridal shop in Fowler, Michigan--a multi-generational family owned business that has sold dresses (and dreams) for over 70 years. The 'Magic Room' is a special part of that shop that is surrounded by wall-to-wall mirrors and track lighting, with a pedestal in the center for brides-to-be to check out their selections from every angle. But it was much more than a story of that shop. The Magic Room was filled with individual stories, and statistics and trends. In many ways it was like a sociological treatise of love and marriage in American culture, and I just love that kind of stuff.
The subtitle is "A Story About The Love We Wish For Our Daughters", and it kept bringing me back to the idea that I need to be praying for those girls that will grow up to be my sons' wives. This wasn't a 'always a happy ending' type of book, which I enjoyed reading, because life doesn't always bring happy endings.
But this book, like life in general, IS about hope. And who couldn't use a little more of that?
The Magic Room is one of the featured books being discussed right now at BlogHer, and there are already some pretty neat discussions taking place there. You ought to check it out and add you two cents worth.
Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of The Magic Room for review purposes, and will be compensated for this review by BlogHer as well. Isn't that nice of them?