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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (April 30, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433543834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433543838
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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In her third book, Gloria Furman promises “to drill down to the things that matter,” and her busy readers will find that she does, indeed, honor her word. The Pastor’s Wife was written in the small spaces between mothering four children and serving alongside her church-planting husband on the Arabian peninsula, so it is more than simply a job description or an “I feel your pain” encouragement card. Gloria has written a mission statement wrapped around a practical theology lesson for ministry wives. Her “drilling down” bypasses the stereotypes, the diatribes about roles, expectations, and needs, focusing instead on the truth that “we’re all in this over-arching circumstance of needing and receiving grace from Jesus.”

Gloria helps us to see that the focus and privilege of the pastor’s wife is three-fold:

1. Loving the Chief Shepherd: If God is my first love, I will not be trapped into making an idol of ministry, the opinions of others, my children, or any other circumstance or opportunity. Living in the awareness that I exist to please God, I see all things in relation to Him, and am able to happily receive my position as a sheep, serving fellow-sheep in the flock of God.

2. Loving an Under Shepherd: Since the duties of an elder are clearly spelled out in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1, ministry wives (and all wives!) have a starting point, because Scripture also designates our role to be “helper” to our husband. Gloria shares personal experiences and encouragement specifically related to these biblical qualifications, and then offers Psalm 121 for any whose hackles rise with the question, “Who’s going to help me?”

“My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.
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I am a pastor's wife of over 30 years and this is by far the best book on the subject I have ever read! This book is about your personal relationship with God, not about a title that others choose for you. I recommend it not only for pastor's wives for for anyone struggling with who they are!
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This review first appeared on my blog: www.SundayWomen.com

As a child, I loved Richard Scarry’s picture book What Do People Do All Day? Its large-format pages are crowded with brightly-colored drawings of pigs and bears and cats, all engaging in the fascinating work of grown-ups, with more than a few disasters thrown in. Construction workers toil under the streets, postal workers scatter envelopes above, and airplane pilots soar over it all. Scarry’s attention to minutiae—the used-car salesman physically restrains a fleeing customer, the laundress gets run over by the delivery boy and sends her laundry flying across the street—impressed my young mind: adults are very, very busy.

Sometimes, being a pastor’s wife can feel like a page out of Richard Scarry. It’s hard to know where to look first. This church event is happening over here—Quick! Someone catch the leaning cake! That Bible study is happening over there—Watch out, Mrs. Bear, your leader’s guide is blowing across the street! These people are coming for dinner—Does anyone smell smoke coming from that stove? Those people are fleeing their marriage—Look! Mr. Bear is going to grab their shirts and try to keep them together!

Phew.

Enter Gloria Furman’s forthcoming book The Pastor’s Wife. From its serene, leaf-twined cover, to its expressed thesis—“wives of ministers need encouragement and refreshment in the Lord, and we find that hope and help in the gospel”—this book is an anti-Scarry. With a large, pink eraser in her sympathetic hand, Furman blurs the frantic church hallways and manse living areas. She sends the quarreling members and impending temporal disasters to the background for a minute and draws a new picture in the foreground: the good news of Christ died and risen for sinners.
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I bought and read this book as a youth pastor's wife that gets bogged down in the loneliness and isolation that often occurs as a young mother in ministry. I was hoping to get an uplifting and encouraging book to help me through this phase, and I have received that as well as extreme conviction of the sin in my own heart. Thankfully this is exactly what I needed. I look forward to making this short but sweet book a regular yearly read and to suggesting it to other women who are navigating the expectations that are associated with vocational ministry.
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Everything in the book is biblical and true. It is not a book if you are needing specifics in dealing with specific and difficult issues of being a pastor's wife. For that book, I highly recommend Nancy Wilson's book: "True Companion: Thoughts on Being a Pastor's Wife." Best book, in my opinion, for every facet of facing ministry alongside your husband. So practical, biblical, and helpful!
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I love reading Gloria's books because they consistently point me to the gospel - who Christ is, what He has done, and what He is doing to bring glory to God! They get me out of myself, out of being consumed with my role, my expectations, my needs and wants... namely me. With rich meditations on Christ, she brings the Word and helps us behold God and worship him! The clearer vision helps in practically discerning what I ought to be doing, how I ought to be living, in the day-to-day as a pastor's wife. She repeatedly raises our gaze to God's glorious realm instead of giving mere practical tips, though those are in there. She helps us think well, which in turn leads to serving well. A must-read for any ministry wife!
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