Sunday, April 28, 2013

Litfuse Review:Pastors' Wives by:Lisa Takeuch Cullen


About the Book:
What’s it like when the man you married is already married to God? asks Pastors’ Wives, an often surprising yet always emotionally true first novel set in a world most of us know only from the outside.

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s debut novel Pastors’ Wives follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a fictional suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at a megachurch called Greenleaf. Reeling from the death of her mother, Ruthie suffers a crisis of faith—in God, in her marriage, and in herself. Candace is Greenleaf’s “First Lady,” a force of nature who’ll stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candace’s son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. All their roads collide in one chaotic event that exposes their true selves. Inspired by Cullen’s reporting as a staff writer for Time magazine, Pastors’ Wives is a dramatic portrayal of the private lives of pastors’ wives, caught between the demands of faith, marriage, duty, and love.

About the Author:
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen was a longtime staff writer for TIME magazine. She now develops television pilots for production companies. Born in Japan, Cullen lives in New Jersey with family. This is her first novel.

My Review:
 This book gets down to the nuts&bolts of a pastor wife. Women that successfully stand by their husband not only through thick&thin. But also through the sometimes begrudging task of being the lady behind the scenes. The author has chosen to show you the lives of three different women and how they came to be part of their husbands ministry in the first place. Right on up to where they are today whether its a look into their lives or into how they relate to others in the ministry or how well they coexist.

 These three ladies are all involved on some level in the same church. Whether it is the refined Candice that is the doer, the one that can make it happen. Or the all put together Ruthie that is willing to let her husband do what he needs to do to conquer the Lord's calling. Or the misunderstood and terribly lonely Ginger that aches to be with her somewhat unreachable husband.

 I'm just beginning my journey as my husband is still in seminary. But I believe on some level I'm a mixture of all three ladies. The characters are all likeable women but they do have many unlikeable traits too. I have read many books about pastors wives and this is definitely a different take on the position.

**Disclosure** This book was provided to me at no charge for my honest review from Litfuse.