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Letters to Pastors' Wives

When Seminary Ends and Ministry Begins

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Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781596387003
Publication Date 09/19/13

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There is no right ‘type’ of pastor’s wife, only the one whose heart is wholly set on serving Christ. In this book you will find the beauty of various personalities, character types, and giftedness that interweaves the pages of these letters. We are not called to fit into a certain mold but to be helpmeets to our husbands, helpmeets who enable them to serve God more effectively with us at their side than they ever could alone.

Pastors’ wives encounter special challenges as well as special joys. These letters from the seasoned wives of seasoned pastors provide empathy, wise counsel, and encouragement on a wide range of topics.

  • Campus Ministry, Kathy Wilcke
  • Church Conflict, Sue Rowe
  • Criticism, Mary Beeke
  • Depression, Mary Somerville
  • Expectations, Donna Ascol
  • Friendship, Betty Jane Adams
  • Hospitality, Shirley Rankin
  • Humility, Lynn Crotts
  • Loneliness & Bereavement, Shannon Baugh Onnink
  • Ministry Abroad, Pam Schweitzer 
  • Pastors’ Kids, Sarah Ascol
  • Personal Devotions, Margy Tripp
  • Priorities, Catherine J. Stewart
  • Respect for Your Husband, Noelle Wilkerson
  • Sabbath Observance, “Sissy” Floyd Pipa
  • Sexual Sin of Your Husband, Janie Street
  • Speech, Barbara Davis
  • Support for Your Husband, Joan Hamilton


“This is the first book I have read addressing the full range of experiences in ministry life with the perspective that this is truly a life of privilege and blessing. The letters in this book are filled with wise and compassionate counsel. . . . When you have turned the last page, you will feel—as I did—that all [these women] are now dear friends.”

—Megan Hill, Blogger at; Contributor to Christianity Today's Her.meneutics

“An exceptional book written by seventeen different pastors' wives and one pastor's daughter. The letters are personal, warm, convicting, and engaging. . . . I highly recommend this book to all women and especially to pastors' wives!”

—Martha Peace, Biblical Counselor; Author of The Excellent Wife

“What a privilege to glean wisdom from these women who have served faithfully in the church and in the home as pastors’ wives. I was challenged, encouraged, and refreshed by this insightful and helpful book.”

—Trisha DeYoung, Wife of Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan

“I believe this is now the standard text for seminary wives as well as those pastoral families—pastor and wife—who should set apart time to revisit the timeless themes.”

—Michael A. Milton, Fourth Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary; Author; Singer-songwriter