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The Pastor's Wife Wears Biker Boots Paperback – August 9, 2013
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The heroine, Kirstie is a 47 year old Pastor’s wife living in a small Indiana town, raising 3 teenage boys, one with autism. She has more than a full plate as she tries to balance her time among her sons, take care of an enormous dog, run the household, make sure her husband is never late, and keep peace among all the very opinionated parishioners! She struggles with feelings of guilt about not getting to spend enough time with her loved ones and feels overwhelmed by all the demands of being a Pastor’s wife. For a release, she turns to the world of biking (with the blessing of her very kind, supportive husband) and takes to the open road forming an unlikely motor club of both non-church going and church going ladies.
Karla balanced humor with heart in Kirstie’s story, and spent a lot of time developing her characters so I really felt like I knew them. The pacing of events felt a bit episodic; I could often picture a chapter being a single episode in a TV series. Each chapter had a little something different to offer ranging from comedy, to drama, and even mystery. The plot that tied it all together was centered on Kirstie’s internal struggle to cope with the way her life had become and continue trusting in God.
As I mentioned, I wasn’t sure if I would relate to Kirstie (I’m in my 30s, still single with no kids), but Karla did such a good job of showing Kirstie’s feelings through the events that happened to her, and her reactions to the characters around her that by the end of the story, I had no trouble relating to her. It was fun to follow along with her as she learned about the biking culture, and God showed her new things about what it means to follow Him.
Aaron and Kirstie pastor an ultra- conservative country church that hasn’t changed in its long history. They have three sons, one autistic and one entering adolescence at a full run while the youngest pursues his own passion for music. They also have a huge dog, unappreciated by the more conservative members of the church. Kirstie is a free-spirited young wife and mom who finds it difficult to live up to the expectations of what a pastor’s wife should be.
Enter three friends and a plot to get her to buy a motorcycle with her great-aunt’s inheritance money. The adventures that follow will keep you laughing and wondering at the intricate plan God has for his people.
This is a heart-warming story of love that crosses boundaries. It’s a love story and a mystery that results in a near-tragedy; one that brings the most unlikely groups of people together. Karla Akins’ book is a wonderful ride.
If you're looking for a light, uplifting read, this title would be a good choice.