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Timestamp: 2010-02-04 03:25:23 UTC
Congrats to Melissa! Email me your address, Melissa, and I'll have your book sent straight from Amazon!
Thanks to everyone for your interest in this book and your support of Lisa!
I am beside myself with excitement about the opportunity to tell you about a darling book by Lisa McKay, who many in blogland know affectionately as The Preacher's Wife. And rest assured, if darling were the only word to describe it, I wouldn't be so effusive in my praise. Fortunately, You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes is not just a superficial book of fluff.
Lisa McKay is not a woman who grew up dreaming of serving alongside her preacher man. Quite the contrary! She and her husband, Luke, were just a day or two short of finalizing their divorce when God not only rescued their marriage but saved their souls. Now fifteen years later, she shares what she's learned along their journey through days at Bible college, seminary, and serving several churches, all while nurturing their marriage and raising a family.
If you are a woman who is "Married to the Ministry", as Lisa calls it, you will be refreshed and renewed as Lisa discusses a number of issues common to staff wives. What is your role as a pastor's wife? How do you deal with expectations of others? Should your close friends be members of your church or should you be a "Lone Ranger"? Is it possible to raise your PKs (preacher's kids) without feeling like you live in a glass house? How do you survive church conflict and what do you do if you leave a church under less than ideal circumstances? And of course, do you really have to wear frumpy clothes and shoes and learn to play the piano?
Lisa addresses these questions and more in her down-to-earth, witty style. I felt as though I were sitting across the table from her at a coffee shop - or a covered dish fellowship! Her personable style of writing will assure you that her cute shoes have a few miles on them as she's walked alongside Luke in ministry. This is not just an idealistic book for your bookshelf; Lisa provides practical and specific counsel for real-life situations. And while she shares plenty of wisdom from her own experiences, the feet inside her adorable footwear are firmly grounded in Scripture for guidance and perspective. Included at the end of each chapter are comments from preachers' wives and laypersons (gleaned from discussions on Lisa's blog) who provide support and insight which are applicable whether you are a brand-new or experienced PW. Additionally, questions to ponder and practical advice in each chapter enable the reader to move from the page to action.
This book is not just for PWs, though. Church members will learn much about both the joys and aggravations that church staff families experience and will benefit from her suggestions on how best to support your pastor and his family, and the chapter-ending pointers include tips for the layperson as well. There is even an appendix for preachers themselves, providing specific suggestions for loving and encouraging their wives.
I urge you to grab a copy of this charming book and one for the preacher's wife in your life. It will be a great fit for both of you!
I just can't resist giving away a copy of this book! Leave a comment on this post by Wednesday (2/3/10) at 6:00 pm CST to qualify and I'll draw a name and send the winner a book straight from Amazon. US Residents only, please.
And you can enter your pastor's wife in Lifeway's contest; just tell them why she should be a shoe-in to win the "You Deserve to Pamper Yourself" grand prize! Details can be found here or by clicking on the link in my sidebar.
Many thanks to The B&B Media Group and David C. Cook Publishers for providing a copy of this book for my review.
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