In the book of Revelation, God, through the apostle John, reveals a beautiful prophecy of the church dressed as a bride, ready for the marriage of the Lamb and the great wedding celebration. Soon, our torn garments of mourning will be changed for wedding garments made of fine linen, bright and clean. We’re told this fine linen is “the righteous acts of the saints” (Revelation 19:8).
God makes us pure through Jesus, His Son, and clothes us in His righteousness. But we also have a part in how we’re clothed when we come to the wedding feast. God doesn’t just ask us to trust in Him for the cleansing of our sins and to be content with our own salvation; He wants us to do something with our new hearts. And these deeds will show up as threads in our wedding clothes.
Sheila Mangum beautifully demonstrates how “tremendously personal to you and to Him” this holy garment will be when Christ dresses you in it. Using her own story of being diagnosed with a physical tear in her heart, she teaches how we participate (“[she] has made herself ready,” Revelation 19:7) in the transformation of our spiritually torn hearts into holy wedding garments worthy of our union with the holy Lamb of God.
About The Author
Sheila Mangum’s best decision was to follow hard after Jesus and His heart. Since then, her study of God’s Word and her relationship with Christ have grounded her in the peaks of life and carried her through its valleys, with each high and low drawing her closer to God and giving her insights into the triumphs and trials we all face.
Formerly Proverb 31 Ministries’ Director of Ministry Relations, she holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business and a master’s degree in Christian ministry, and her time with God fills her up to speak; to write books, Bible studies, and posts for her website; and to encourage others.
Sheila and her husband, Steve, live in a quaint North Carolina town. They have two remarkable grown children, Brittany and Stevie; a much-loved daughter-in-love, Dani; and an adorable grandbaby, Eliamani, who has stolen their hearts.
“Sheila has written such a timely and important message as she shares the results of years of study, diligence, and prayer in The Secret of the Wedding Garment in Revelation 19:8. When you read this book, you’ll consider preparing yourself for eternity in a whole new way!”
— Lysa TerKeurst, #1 New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
“With each sentence prayerfully penned on every page, Jesus whispers, “I see you. All of you. And it’s your prepared heart that matters most to Me.” Sheila’s words and hard-earned wisdom show us it is time to pull away from all that is pulling on us, to feel God’s holy love more deeply and heal our wounds more completely!”
— Renee Swope, author of A Confident Heart and A Confident Mom
“If you purchase only one book this year, it should be The Secret of the Wedding Garment in Revelation 19:8. This timely and timeless message by Sheila Mangum will help you discover the sacred romance you were created for and transform your understanding of your forever Groom, who loves you like no other.”
—Leah DiPascal, Bible teacher, podcast creator, and author
“I could envision Jesus and the amphitheater of the heavenly host standing and cheering Sheila Mangum on as she wrote this timeless jewel of a book. It’s one you’ll treasure time and time again as you dive deeper and deeper into the depths of Christ’s heart and His eternal plans for His bride.”
—Sharon Glasgow, Sharon Glasgow Ministries, Glasgow Farm Church, and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker
“There has never been a more timely message for the believer. Sheila grips your heart with truth and clearly teaches how to prepare for the coming of Christ. Sheila doesn’t want anyone to show up to the wedding supper unadorned. I couldn’t put this book down. Each page of The Secret of the Wedding Garment in Revelation 19:8 is filled with encouragement and love.”
—Wendy Pope, author of Jesus Everlasting and Wait and See
“Sometimes, God interrupts our lives with an eye-opening encounter to help us live our remaining days on earth fully. Fully aware. Fully dressed. And fully ready for eternity. The Secret of the Wedding Garment in Revelation 19:8 is a soul-awakening plea to be prepared, beginning with Sheila’s death-to-life encounter and moving into the subsequent wisdom that was revealed to her through years of patient obedience and study. Now, we are blessed to be able to digest this wisdom in only the time it takes to read this treasure.”
—Cortney Donelson, ghostwriter, co-founder of GirlStory magazine, author of Clay Jar Cracked: When We’re Broken But Not Shattered, and co-author of The
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