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  • From One Ministry Wife to Another: Honest Conversations about Ministry Connections

From One Ministry Wife to Another: Honest Conversations about Ministry Connections

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When a church hires a new minister, they are really hiring both him and his wife. Many women entering this role for the first time have never considered what it means to be a minister's wife, and consequently suffer stress, chaos, and confusion. In order to thrive, she needs a solid understanding of the biblical teaching on her role and how to best serve her husband as he fulfills his role.

Susie Hawkins brings thirty years of experience as a minister's wife coupled with her role as the mother of two ministry wives. By focusing on key relationships and responsibilities in relation to the church and home, Susie guides young women to a greater understanding of how to serve God faithfully as the wife of a minister.

About the Author

Susie Hawkins
Susie Hawkins lives in Dallas and has been actively involved in women’s ministry as a pastor’s wife, teacher and volunteer. She has also served as the Director of Women’s Ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas. She has taught a weekly Bible study for business women in downtown Dallas and speaks at women’s conferences and retreats. She is also a contributor to various publications, such as Voices Behind the Veil and the soon to be released “Women’s Evangelical Library Commentary.” Susie has an MA in Christian Leadership from Criswell College as well as an MA in Theology. She is married to O. S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention (formerly the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention) and is the mother of two married daughters, Wendy and Holly, as well as a grandmother of five. Her favorite things to do are bargain hunting, lunching with friends and playing with her grandchildren!08/08


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 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

Product Details

ISBN: 978-0-8024-6030-1
Publish Date: June 2009
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Format: Paperback