Pastors' Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
We are in a time where mega churches with their stadium style seating, band style worship music, and high profile pastors are the norm. Often the pastors' wives of these churches are greatly admired and or envied. In the church world the First Lady title is a coveted one. Pastors' Wives details the real, private lives of three very different pastors' wives.
Greenleaf is an evangelical mega church located in Magnolia, GA. Greenleaf is pastored by Aaron Green and ran by his wife Candace. I can sum Candace Green up in one word, BAWSE (which is slang for-BOSS)! Candace is the traditional, extremely polished, and every hair in place pastor's wife. She gets things done and the smallest gesture or detail does not go unnoticed. Her presence commands respect. In the area of compassion she falls flat. In her own words, "I am the church lady."
Ginger Green is the daughter-in-law to Aaron and Candace. Her marriage is rocky and her dark past haunts her. Her husband, Timothy, has founded a new church, Newleaf, and she is unsure of her role there. Always melancholy and kind of timid, Ginger's children and her faith pushes her along. She discovers her purpose in the most unexpected place.
Ruthie Matters is Catholic. Her husband Jerry, who is not Catholic, has accepted "the call" and they are new transplants into the Greenleaf family. As Ruthie tries to adjust to life at Greenleaf, she is also on a journey to discover what it is she believes. Ruthie's transparency is inspiring.
Cullen did not take us to church in Pastors' Wives which made it such a compelling read. The pastors' wives were not a drab or catty bunch either. You could really tell that Cullen gave this story her all because the details were so vivid. I also want to point out how funny this book was. Ruthie Matters narratives had me laughing out loud. We all could take a few pointers from Candace Green. Ginger's story depicted the redemptive power of the Gospel. This book was all kinds of awesome!
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. The views and opinions expressed are my own.
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