Susie Hawkins has struck gold with her mining of biblical truth on how to stay balanced in our topsy-turvy, rag-tag journey called Christian ministry. With this treasure in hand, no wife need lament, "I wish somebody had told me!" God does not send us out as His ambassadors without clear-cut instructions. Here is a seasoned veteran unearthing nuggets that pave the way for staying fulfilled and on track. Our call, our family, the people, the bloopers and the bad times - Susie serves up sensible, do-able and delightful solutions.
- Howard and Jeanne Hendricks, Distinguished Professor Chairman, Center for Christian Leadership Dallas Theological Seminary
Susie Hawkins loves the ministry, and her writing reflects her passion. A must read for those who have found themselves in the ever-changing role of the high call of ministry.
-Deb Graham, wife of Pastor Jack Graham, Prestonwood Baptist Church
Finally! A reference manual for ministry wives. This is not just another testimony of what it was like being the wife of a minister, but a tool for those of us who 'have been there and are still doing that' as well as those of you just getting started on this wonderful journey of ministry. Susie has great insight into today's world of ministering to our man, our children, and our church family while keeping a close relationship to the one we are most indebted, Our Lord and Savior. Serving Him alongside our husbands and being happy in the process is possible...read more and you'll find out how!
-Janet A. Hunt, wife of Pastor Johnny Hunt, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia
Susie Hawkins' book delivers what it promises. It reads as if one is having an honest conversation with this wise and winsome ministry wife. She is careful not to sugarcoat the disconnects but is also quick to point out the many joys of our high calling. Susie's theological training shines through as she enlightens her readers with interesting anecdotes from church history but especially as she skillfully applies biblical truth. She points us to Scripture at every turn! I highly recommend this much need and well organized book.
-Mary K. Mohler, wife of President Albert Mohler, Jr., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Susie Hawkins has used her compassionate commitment to woman-to-woman ministries to pen winsome wisdom and mentoring maxims for ministry wives. She works effectively and creatively from her own ministry experiences in a variety of venues to explore the 'connections' available for women who are often isolated and lonely because of the burdens they bear and the tasks they face. Hawkins does not shy away from dealing with the 'disconnects' in life, offering helpful and strategic ways to overcome these challenges and find 'reconnections' in the process. You will laugh and cry, reminisce and meditate, consider options and find answers! This book should not be reserved for women married to ministers. Any woman engaged in serving Christ will find encouragement and inspiration in these readable and edifying pages.
-Dorothy Patterson, wife of President Paige Patterson, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, author, Where's Mom? and coeditor of Women's Evangelical Commentary
The call to be a ministry wife requires a special blend of gifts, emotions, patience, and leadership. It does not, however, come with a set of instructions or a self-guided 'how to' manual. That is why we must be willing to listen to those voices who can speak knowledge into our lives. Susie Hawkins is one of those voices. In these pages, Susie provides a fresh perspective spoken from experience. And she provides insights and wisdom for your life that will prove to be invaluable as your strive daily to fulfill your God-given, glorious calling as a ministry wife.
-Lisa Young, wife of Pastor Ed Young, Fellowship Church, author, The Creative Marriage and The Marriage Mirror
Finally, a book full of wise counsel for the ministry wife of the twenty-first century. Through current research, historical and biblical accounts, and heartwarming stories, Hawkins explores the ministry wife's varied connections--with her husband, children, friends, ministry family, herself, and above all, her Lord. She offers sound advice to help ministry wives avoid the pitfalls of criticism, people-pleasing, bitterness, failure and stress. Practical and positive, sometimes challenging conventional widsom, her book is a goldmine for the ministry wife who desires to honor and complement her husband's work while developing her own unique personhood. I will recommend this book to every ministry wife I encounter.
-Dr. Sue Edwards, Assistant Professor of Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary, author, Leading Women Who Wound: Strategies for an Effective Ministry