3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2012
In her book Confessions of a Church Planter's Wife, Angie Hemp pours out her heart about her personal life as a church planter's wife with humor. If you are a church planter's wife you will relate to the following segments entitled:
"You will become Elastigirl" (2-4) where she shows you will be stretched to the furthest extent.
"Your faith will be tested like never before"(4-5). Nothing compares to this.
"Some days you will feel insane" (7-8). This section shows those feelings of losing it altogether.
"Worn out, Weary and Pulled in Every Different Direction"( 83-84). Church Planting wives will relate to this.
"Becoming Weary Can Equal Death," (137-139). This maybe an exaggeration but it sure feels like it.
This is a book that is easy to read as you discover yourself within its pages.
The book is divided into five parts. The first four are Angie's story and lessons she drew from her battles. The first chapter of the last part is written by Jon, her husband, seemingly in self-defense. However his remarks add understanding to some of what Angie shares. It is always good to hear both sides of the story and in a marriage husband and wife are two sides.
Angie talks about her and her husband, Jon, taking a pastorate in Utah and the internal battles she fought in assuming the role of a church planter's wife. Being an introvert she felt misunderstood. Then she says if Jon loved her why couldn't he understand the conflict inside her? Her two boys were a blessing but an added dimension to the mayhem that confused her. Depression became a prey as she sank into feelings of disappointment, frustration, anger, rebellion, tiredness and inner conflict with seemingly no way out. How could she serve God filled with such negative thoughts and feelings?
You will discover she finds the secret to peace. Her sense of humor, strong determination and true desire to serve God brings her through to a peace filled life. It is a book that inspires the reader to keep on until the last page.
At last, a book for church planter's wives, or should I say one of two books available through Amazon.com. Even though the road is hard there are solutions to the struggles along the way. It is an adventure with God. Angie finds her answer as she serves God and overcomes her own deepest difficulties.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2012
Angie is very straight forward and honest about her day to day goings on. Her stories are insightful and funnny with a lot of straight as an arrow truth in them. I can relate to your trials and tribulations and they help me to better come to terms with my own struggles. I laughed and cried with her and will re-read this again and again.