Friday, June 14, 2013

what would a pastor’s wife do?

The only real exposure I’ve had to the life of a pastor, one with a large denomination and many responsibilities to the “flock” is Seventh Heaven episodes. And boy, did I love Eric Camden. I wanted him to be my dad. I’m sure real life pastors and their families either love or hate these fictional portrayals. Either they are spot on or completely off base. That being said, you real life pastor’s wives are going to either love or hate Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s novel titled Pastor’s Wives.

Pastor’s Wives follows three women, all tied together by a southern evangelical “mega church”, and the fact that their marriages are falling apart. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Georgia when he hears a calling to serve at Greenleaf. Not the best time considering Ruthie’s mother has recently passed and she is going through a major crisis of faith. Candace is Greenleaf's "First Lady," a force of nature who'll stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. And finally Ginger, who is married to Candace's son, has a tainted past, and is struggling to live up to her mother-in-law’s expectations.

It’s not considered Christian Fiction, it’s more Fiction with Christian themes, with a well-written plot and characters you’ll love. Pastor’s wives, who realize that at the end of the day they are human, just like the rest of us.

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