As we got settled in our new church plant, I began following the blog of Christine Hoover. Although written to wives of church planters, the book resonates with any ministry-minded woman. It centers on the importance of a woman guarding her heart – and the role a correctly-oriented heart plays in life and ministry. The book is peppered with hilarious and convicting personal experiences with which most women can identify. http://hiveresources.com/ministry-monday-living-and-leading-from-grace/
by Melissa Deming on 3/27/2013
Our marriage hasn't been the same since she started reading it. That's no overstatement. She's understood her role better, my role better, God's perspective and love and grace better, etc. I can't even describe the full impact this book has already had on her, and me.
I'm praying it will have a lasting impact on hundreds of other church planting wives. Rread it slowly and don't rush through it. http://www.stevekmccoy.com/reformissionary/2013/03/the-church-planting-wife.html
by Steve McCoy on 3/8/2013
This book was actually okay. I didn't know what to expect from this book or even if I would be able to relate. The book is literally about it's title, the wife of a church planter. Christine Hoover kind of takes you into the heart and mind of this wife, giving you a glimpse of how stressful it can be and then just how rewarding it can be as well. I rank it in the middle because its more of a memoir than it is an actual story. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15812702-the-church-planting-wife
by Kristin Bush on 2/28/2013
My husband planted a church almost 15 years ago, and this week we announced that we are leaving to go plant a new church in another state. So many of the emotions I had years ago have resurfaced…excitement, worry, anticipation & trepidation. This book came along at exactly the right time in my life. I highly recommend this book, particularly the paper version. I needed to underline, highlight & reread it.
by Donna on 2/27/2013
This book was a wonderful refresher and reminder as to what my role as a pastor’s wife is. One of my favorite things about the book is how biblical she was. I was disappointed by her exclusive language, and that she didn’t say much about the encouragement we need.
I would recommend it for pastor’s wives and seminary wives. We need preparation and I thank Christine for having the boldness and having taken the time to share her words. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/522772274
by Amy on 2/13/2013
So, even though I’m not technically a part of Hoover’s target demographic, much of her book resonated with me, speaking to my particular struggles and joys as a pastor’s wife. And, because of that, I can say that this is the finest book I’ve encountered on what it means to be a ministry wife, and it’s also one of the best books I have ever read written for Christian women. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/514112387
by Shelly B. on 2/4/2013