Sunday, January 31, 2010

You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes Review & Giveaway - Updated with Winner!

UPDATE: Wednesday, 2/3/10 at 9:30 p.m.

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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!

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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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58 comments:

quilly said...

One of my best friends is a PW. I would love to give her a copy of this book! Sign me up, please!

Merry said...

Lisa's book sounds encouraging and uplifting, please include me. Thanks!

worthy2bpraise[at]gmail[dot]com

Renee @ AddMoreChocolate said...

Hi Linda,
My daughter-in-law is a "staff wife" and I think she would love this! I'm so thankful for your review.
Hugs,
Renee

Kelly Combs said...

This book seems absolutely precious. Good for Lisa!

LuAnn said...

This book sounds awesome. We are going on our 20th year in the ministry life together. This is our third church only 1600 people. It has quite the challenges.
So I guess I am saying... sign me up!!
Thanks Linda :)

"Just Me - NC Beth" said...

Being a PK, I know what it's like for the wife of a pastor and what they must endure from seeing my mother all the years that daddy pastored churches...I think that makes me more sympathetic toward our pastor's wife because of what people automatically expect from her. This book would be a great gift to her!

~Beth

mindy said...

this sounds great thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

Nanato3 said...

One of my dearest friends is a PW, and her hubby, our former pastor, has just left to accept God's calling to a church in the UP of Michigan, many hours from here. I'm sure that this book would encourage her as she's going to begin a new ministry soon. And it will be a lasting reminder of the friendships formed here ... that though we'll be apart physically, we'll be together spiritually ... until we meet again in heaven. ;-)

Kristine said...

Thanks for the review. Sounds very uplifting. I would love to be entered.

Anonymous said...

I was just nominated for president of our Women's ministry for 2010. Let me just add that this is completely out of my comfort zone. Our Pastor's wife, Bethany is a blessing to our church. Genuine and real comes to mind when I think of her. She along with other sweet ladies have done so much to bring encouragement and lift my spirits along the way as I attempt to carry out the duties placed before me. This book will be an added blessing as well.

debbyann at frontiernet dot net

skoots1mom said...

i'd love to send this to my mom...she remarried after my dad died...three years after they married, he was called to be a local pastor...someplace she never expected to be
sounds awesome
put me in, plee-uzzz!

Rachel @ Future Pastor's Wife said...

Sounds awesome, I've been wanting to read this! Thanks, Linda!!!

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Linda - as a new PW I would LOVE to read this book.

Thanks for hosting a give-away with it!

Blessings and much love in Christ,
Jill

Anonymous said...

my girlfriend's daughter is a PW...she would love this book :)

karenk
kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)Com

Melissa in Mel's World said...

I'm so excited for Lisa and her new book and would LOVE LOVE LOVE to be counted in for the giveaway!

Thanks Linda!

xoxo,
Melissa

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Oooh, oooh! Count me in! I'm so glad she finally got it published! Can't wait to read it...

Xandra

Cathy said...

I'd love a chance to win.

Tammy said...

I recently had a chance to hear her speak for the first time. One word....BLESSING!

cpullum said...

I would love to read this book!!
Count me in!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

sara said...

I took part in several of her surveys for this book. I can't wait to read it! of course, count me in.

Abiding Branch said...

This is wonderful! I'm glad to hear such a thorough yet none-revealing review. Count me in! I'm not married to the ministry but do have a ladies ministry. :) And yes I AM going to enter my pastor's wife!
Thanks!
Chel

Lori said...

Pick me....Pick me! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

Profbaugh said...

Oh, I can't wait to read Lisa's book. I'd LOVE to win a copy.

~Cheryl
profbaugh@yahoo.com

Cheryl said...

I want to win a copy for my PW. She isn't new to the ministry, but definitely to being a wife to a newly called preacher. Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks!

Dana B.

Sheryl said...

I would love to get a copy of this book. I keep trying to purchase it but I'm just having trouble with that.

Will you sign the book?

Sheryl

Kay @ Off the Beaten Path said...

ooh! I'd love to win a copy of Lisa's book! Count me in!
Kay

Susanne said...

So excited about this!! Would love a copy... please put my name in the hat, too!! ;-)

Tanya said...

I must admit that even though I understand the limitations I am very bummed that this contest is only for US residents!! Great review though...first time I've been to your blog...I'll be back :)

Robin Willis said...

I am a Pastor's Wife and I know we all go through some of the same life situations, and it always great when a person is able to pen these down and share with others!! I would love to have this book!!!Thanks for having this contest!

Gina said...

Oh how I would l.o.v.e. a copy of this book. I can't wait till it is released! I'm a Youth Pastor's wife and I'm hoping to gain a lot of insight through reading this book!

Cathy said...

I would LOVE a copy of this book! I've been a pastor's wife for 18 years. (Need to work on my cute shoe collection, though!!) There are many unique "situations," but abundant blessings as well.

Bridgett Slaughter said...

I would love this book. My husband has been an Associate Pastor for 2 years so I am still learning and need all the resources I can get.

Mary Lou said...

I attend a big church, so I have a number of pastor's wives I could give this book. I may give it to the senior pastor's wife or another one, I will pray and see who He lays on my heart. I love the way Lisa writes on her blog, so know this will be delightful to read and helpful. Thanks for doing this.
Mary Lou dlowran1(at)comcast(dot)net

Jill said...

This accidental pastor's wife would love a copy!!

Angela said...

I would love to win!

Mrs. H said...

"What to do when you leave your church under less than ideal circumstances"... there right now :( Thanks for the giveaway... would def. be interested in owning this book!

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. I am "married to the ministry" and right now we are in a tought spot. I would love some encouragement from Lisa!

Nancy said...

I married it too and didn't have a clue at the time, but I'm still in it!

Anonymous said...

I have been a pastor's wife for almost 3 years and I was so blessed with a little "pastor's wife club" in my town. The 3 of us young pastor's wives gathered each month to pray and share and cry. Then last month they both left to go to new churches in new places....so now that my support system is gone, I am in need of some encouragement! this looks like a great book :)

Becky said...

Enjoyed your blog! Would love to be entered in the drawing to win Lisa's book. :)

Janna Anna said...

Thanks for the great review!! Would love to have a copy.

Beth said...

Lisa is a doll! Love her blog.

Dana Schmoyer said...

I would love to have a copy for myself and to pass on to other PWs!

Terri said...

Can't wait to read the book and nominate my wonderful pastor's wife in the contest at lifeway. I am so proud for Lisa and honored to say that I know her personally.

thedomesticfringe said...

I really can't wait to read this book, whether I win a copy or not.

-FringeGirl

Melissa said...

Yay! This book sounds great. My brother is a preacher and my sis-in-law would appreciate this I htink. Will def be getting her a copy whether it is won here or not!

Michelle said...

I am a pastor's wife and have been for 15 years. I have a hard time dealing with expectations from others and friendships that don't have underlying reasons. I would love a copy of this book. It sounds like just what I need!

eph2810 said...

Thank you so much for offering a copy of the book as a giveaway.

Knowing Lisa from her blog, I am sure this book is just marvelous.

Love & Peace,
Iris

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

Linda,

Don't you dare enter me in this contest. I have a copy. :)

Wanted to THANK YOU for such a fun review AND THE VERY FIRST. I'll treasure it forever my friend. Also sending you a separate note about a really fun bracelet. :)

Much love,

Lisa

Anonymous said...

Lisa McKay is the most real "Preacher's Wife" that I have ever met! I cannot wait to read her book!
stacymommyof3 (at) juno (dot) com

Marilyn said...

I am a PW, and haven't been able to read the book yet- a free copy would be most appreciated! :D Lisa is a wonderful blogger with so much insight- I can't wait!

Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife said...

P.S. Just reading back over the comments and wanted to say a huge thank you to all of your sweet words and to let all of you know - especially you PW's - how ON MY MIND you were while I wrote this book. I pray it ministers and encourages. If it doesn't, please don't tell me. I might cry. :)))

Much love to all of you!

Rachael. said...

I would love a copy to bless someone else with! I know i will end up getting one for myself but i would love to gift one to another pastors wife!

Awesome Book!

Nickolay said...

I know the perfect person for this book and they will love it! Thanks for the chance

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

Edna said...

Please enter me into the drawing for this book, I always loved shoes had a pair of every color, but then old age set in, and oh my how my feet hurt, I only wear diabetic walking shoes now unless I have to dress up and then I wear an old pair of flats that don't hurt my feet.

mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good one! Please enter me. Thanks!!!
jackie.smith(at)dishmail(dot)net

Cathy Davis said...

Darling and precious just sorta sum up Lisa! I'm glad you got to review this book.