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Sacred Privilege: Your Life and Ministry as a Pastor's Wife Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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From the Inside Flap
Yours is a role unlike any other. No matter what size church you and your husband serve in, whether you came into the role of pastor's wife with eager anticipation or with hesitation and a protective shell around your heart, the role of a pastor's wife is unique. With candor and compassion, Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church, pastor's wife, and pastor's daughter, offers tremendous encouragement about your role, including
- the significance and impact pastors' wives have in the Body of Christ
- an inside look at the ups and downs of this special role
- affirmation that the rewards are worth the effort, pain, and loss of privacy
- invaluable advice for living with the pressure of a public position
As you fulfill this unique calling, this sacred privilege, Kay's words will be a gift in every season of your ministry.|Kay Warren cofounded Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick Warren, in Lake Forest, California. She is a passionate Bible teacher and a tireless advocate for those living with mental illness, HIV&AIDS, and the orphaned and vulnerable children left behind. She founded Saddleback's HIV&AIDS Initiative. Kay is the author of Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough and Say Yes to God and coauthor of Foundations, the popular systematic theology course used by churches worldwide. Her children are Amy and Josh, and Matthew who is in heaven, and she has five grandchildren, Kaylie, Cassidy, Caleb, Cole, and Claire. Learn more at www.kaywarren.com and follow her on Facebook (Kay Warren) and on Twitter (@KayWarren1).
From the Back Cover
"My passionate prayer is that every pastor's wife will get to read this book, because it could save your life, marriage, family, and ministry from a lot of unnecessary pain. And it can help make the rest of your life, the best of your life."--Rick Warren
Life as a pastor's wife offers meaningful opportunities to play a significant part in God's work, to witness and participate in the beauty of changed lives. Yet it also carries the potential for deep wounds and great conflict that can drain the joy out of service. Is it worth it? Oh yes, says Kay Warren, cofounder of Saddleback Church. It is more than worth the risk--it's a sacred privilege.
Drawing on more than forty years in ministry, Kay provides encouraging principles and life lessons, along with intimate personal stories, that will give you the confidence you need to lead and live well. You'll learn to
- accept who you are
- adapt to change
- help your children survive and thrive
- protect your private life
- deal with criticism
- live with integrity
- develop an eternal perspective
Whether you are excited, struggling, or feeling broken and tired, you will find hope and encouragement for your calling in Kay's warm and wise words.
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I am ALSO the most qualified person to TELL YOU that this author is the real deal. What Kay shares is exactly what she has lived. There's no phony baloney here. No glossing over. No photoshopping or airbrushing out the painful parts.These truths have been tested by fire, sweat, blood, and tears. And because we've committed our lives to supporting and encouraging couples in ministry, I hope every person married to minister reads this book. Here's a little understood secret:
THE IMPACT AND INFLUENCE of the wife of a pastor may be the most underestimated influence for good in our culture today. Few realize how many benefits and blessings these women bring to their communities. Few realize how much they've shaped the past, shape churches today, and are shaping the future at the grassroots level. They are STEALTH CHANGE-AGENTS - leading in days of change, confusion, and chaos, encouraging the discouraged, comforting the grieving and brokenhearted, challenging people to become what God intended them to be, defending the defenseless, lifting up the fallen, showing grace to broken, teaching, reaching out, caring and sharing the burdens of others in the seasons of life.
For my entire life, I've had the privilege of watching (up close) how God effectively uses the wife of a pastor in ways that He does not and will not use that pastor. My mother was a pastor's wife. My mother-in-law was a pastor's wife. My sister is a pastor's wife. My daughter is a pastor's wife. I have a niece and an aunt who are married to pastors. And, of course, I am married to a pastor's wife ... the brilliant, deep, compassionate and captivating woman who wrote this book. She has taught me more than all my great professors who mentored me in my advanced degrees.
This book is no mere theory. It smells of reality. The insights and lessons are drawn from over 40 years of serving in local churches - first ministering in the urban inner city of L.A county, then in small rural churches of West Texas where I was invited as guest preacher during our seminary years, then starting a new church in Orange County with just the two of us as members and no money, then watching that congregation grow through every stage during the next 38 years. I've watched the author in action around the world in little villages you've never heard of - ministering to the poorest of the poor, caring for those infected with HIV & AIDS in Africa, loving the unloved in a leper colony in the Philippines, comforting abandoned orphans in Russia, comforting survivors of genocide in Rwanda, serving dying street people in India, and fighting to protect little girls enslaved in sex-trafficking in Southeast Asia.
But what impresses me most about Kay, is not how she has consistently faced her fears and courageously walked through the doors of international service that God opened for her around the world as she matured. What really impresses me most is the practical wisdom, gracious response, and unselfish choices she exhibits every day back home in the normal mundane experiences of life as a wife, mom, grammy, daughter to an aged mom with Alzheimer's and as my partner in ministry. I love the way she struggles to be like Jesus in complex relationships, messy conflicts, competing priorities, draining responsibilities, wounded people who wound others, and chronic unsolvable problems.
This book is filled with life-lessons and skills that can help YOU do that in your life and ministry. It's those skills that I believe you can begin to learn from reading this powerful book.
Allow me to suggest that you read and discuss this with a group of people. I began building a personal library at age 16 and today it contains over 40.000 books. Of all the books I've read - the ones that have impacted me THE MOST, were ones that I read and discussed in community. So form a reading group and chew on this book. one chapter a week. I promise you that it will be worth your time. We're both praying for you.
PS: If you love your pastor and his wife, you should consider encouraging them by giving them a gift of this book. Maybe for Mother's Day? Or Christmas? You have no idea how it may encourage both of them.