by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
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This book was not what I expected. I am not sure what I expected, but it was not this!! Ruthie, Candace, and Ginger are our main pastor’s wives, but there are others sprinkled throughout the book.
What I didn’t expect was the laugh out loud moments in here! I loved that! It was filled with heavy topics, but had lighter jokes interspersed throughout that made them easier to read.
The pastor’s in this book are part of the book, but almost portrayed as weak minded, naive, or almost obsessed with religion and the power of it.
However, in the end, I felt like they were redeemed. The lack of normal pastor’s wives in this book, except for the all powerful Candace were easier to understand than Candace. I kept wanting her to be more human, open up to Ginger, show they had more in common. She wanted to show love, but she had to be control, and to show love means to lose a little control. The only place where she loses her control is when it comes to her grandchildren and, later her husband.
This book spoke to me about how we need to be careful with judging appearances. It told me that we should be careful with how we put people up on a pedestal.
I did notice it had a couple of small, piddly swear words mixed in, in order to make a point. If that is something that offends you, just to be warned. There was about 2-4 of them, that I noticed.
Also, for those that are more conservative, it mentions women ministers and even a gay minister in passing.
The points I walked away from with this book was that sometimes we can allow our ministry to control our lives and forget to minister to those closest to us. We can allow image become our God, instead of God. We can forget to show love to others because we are afraid to show weakness and finally….we can risk those that are most important to us, our children, wives, and husbands doing what we think God has called us to do, without really realizing what we are risking.
I would recommend this book if you want to be challenged, want to laugh out loud, and seek to understand what some pastor’s wives go through.