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How to Thrive as a Pastor's Wife: Practical Tools to Embrace Your Influence and Navigate Your Unique Role

How to Thrive as a Pastor's Wife: Practical Tools to Embrace Your Influence and Navigate Your Unique Role

by Christine Hoover
How to Thrive as a Pastor's Wife: Practical Tools to Embrace Your Influence and Navigate Your Unique Role

How to Thrive as a Pastor's Wife: Practical Tools to Embrace Your Influence and Navigate Your Unique Role

by Christine Hoover

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Overview

Every pastor's wife is a faithful servant and leader in her own right. She has great influence on her church, her community, her family, and her husband, and she finds joy in seeing God move in the lives of others. Yet she also faces unique challenges that too often go unnoticed and unaddressed. At times, a pastor's wife may feel she can't talk about her struggles even with those who are closest to her, which can leave her feeling alone, depleted, and misunderstood. She may settle for this way of living, but that's not God's desire for her.

Christine Hoover knows firsthand the unique struggles and opportunities afforded a pastor's wife--she's been filling that role for more than 20 years. Coming alongside as an understanding friend, she offers encouragement and guidance to the struggling pastor's wife, showing her how to make meaningful personal relationships with God, her husband, her children, her church community, and other women--relationships that will sustain her and help her thrive.


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ISBN-13: 9781493434039
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 542,459
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, mom of three boys, host of the By Faith podcast, and author of several books, including With All Your Heart, Searching for SpringMessy Beautiful Friendship, and From Good to Grace. In addition, she's passionate about teaching the Bible and has written a Bible study, Seek First the Kingdom, to lead women through the book of Matthew. Originally from Texas, Christine and her family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they planted a church in 2008. Find her at her home online at www.christinehoover.net.

Table of Contents

Dear Pastor's Wife 11

Part 1 You

1 Locating You 19

2 You Are Anchored 22

3 You Are Called and Gifted 33

4 You Are Human 44

5 Cultivating the Skill of Knowing When to Say Yes and When to Say No (Parti) 56

6 Cultivating the Skill of Knowing When to Say Yes and When to Say No (Part 2) 64

Part 2 You and God

7 Locating God 75

8 What No One Else Sees, He Sees 77

9 Cultivating the Skill of Lament 87

10 What No One Else Knows, He Knows 93

11 Cultivating the Skill of Rooting Out Bitterness 101

12 What No One Else Can Do, He Does 109

Part 3 You and Your Husband

13 Locating Your Marriage 119

14 Wife, Friend, and Lover 122

15 Pastor to the Pastor 135

16 Cultivating the Skill of Counting Up God's Goodness Together 145

17 A Word to the Pastor: How to Help Your Wife Thrive in Ministry 151

Part 4 You and Your Children

18 Locating Your Family 163

19 Seasons of Ministry with Younger Children 165

20 Seasons of Ministry with Older Children 176

Part 5 You and Your Friends

21 Locating Your Friendships 189

22 What Friends?: Identifying and Cultivating Friendships 191

23 Navigating Difficulties in Friendship 200

Part 6 You and Your Church

24 Locating Your Church 213

25 Sunday Mornings (and Beyond) 217

26 Dealing with Church Hurt 229

27 Cultivating the Skill of Responding to Criticism 237

28 Relating to Other Pastors' Wives at Your Church 244

29 Cultivating the Skill of Making Disciples 254

Part 7 You and Your Finish Line

30 How Can I Endure in Ministry? 265

An Invitation 277

Acknowledgments 279

Notes 281

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