I’m a PK (pastor’s kid), so when a writing friend passed along a book she thought I’d like … and the book turned out to be The Pastor’s Wife by Jennifer AlLee (Abingdon, 2010) … I assumed I knew what I’d find inside the covers.

Yes, there were church council meetings with a few stern and judgmental types seated around the table. Not to mention references to a parade of casseroles and a parsonage furnished with hand-me-downs.

I also found an engaging character in Maura Sullivan. She thought she knew what she was getting into when she married a soon-to-be pastor. But when his devotion to the congregation left her out in the cold, she ran. Now, six years later, the provisions of a will bring her back to the small town … and husband she’d left behind. 

In the past, she had tried unsuccessfully to fit into the mold of expectations for the role of pastor’s wife. This time around, she’s learning how to forgive, to stand up for herself, and to find the unique niche God created her for.

And all because of the crazy provisions in Miss Hattie’s will.

What about you? Have you ever tried to live up to the expectations of others only to find your personality squashed?

The Pastor’s Wife
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  • June 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

    >I'm a preacher's kid and pastor's wife. The expectations are ever-present!

    The encouragement lies in knowing that Christ invites me to simply abide, and He will produce the fruit. So, if others don't think I fit the mold there complaint doesn't lie with me:)

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