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Definitely worth the read for pastors' wives! Feb 1, 2007
A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend who had recently become a pastor's wife. She said, "Before becoming a pastor's wife myself, I could never figure out why other pastors' wives talked about ministry being so hard. I didn't understand what could be so hard about it....but now I know."
It is hard. And I don't think I've met a pastor's wife who wouldn't agree. But try to explain to someone who's not a pastor's wife what makes it hard, and it's not so easy to put into words.
Traci Vanderbush has done just that. She recounts her personal experience as a pastor's wife, describing the joys and struggles accompanying it. She talks about the excitement of starting ministry with a heart full of hopes and dreams. She talks about a heart aching from gossip, criticism and broken relationships. And she talks about the pain of recognizing it is time to resign and move on.
There are a few things about Traci's book that I personally appreciate. First, it is packed with Scripture. She quotes verses freely and purposefully, weaving God's Word into every chapter. She reminds us that the Bible is not only important but relevant.
Second, Traci has an obvious desire to help other pastors' wives and encourage them to grow in faith. Her story, while honest, is not a "Woe is me" story. She offers lots of practical advice and insight about how pastors' wives and their families might better cope with the pressures of ministry life.
Lastly, the end of her book includes journal entries written by her husband Bill during the same time period. It is helpful and enlightening to see Bill's perspective as he wrestled through the issues he faced as a pastor.
I think every pastor's wife would be able identify with some aspect of Traci's story. And for pastors' wives--individuals who so often feel isolated and alone--the knowledge that someone else has been there, is enormously comforting.
Thanks Traci! Jan 9, 2007
This book puts down on paper what so many pastor's wives feel. It's a great reference for PWs or for church members who wonder what their pastor's wife's life is like.
A must for pastor's wives! Oct 8, 2006
In this book, Traci Vanderbush tackles some of the hardest situations that face pastor's wives with great care and honesty. Using examples from her own difficult journey as a pastor's wife and peratining scriptures, she brings up many valuable and comforting truths that all pastor's wives should hear. When you read the statitics she includes about how many of these women are battling with depression and other factors, you will be amazed. I think this book is important, not only for pastor's wives, but every Christian. I hope it can open people's eyes to what their shepherd families go through, and how much they sacrifice. It sertainly did mine.