The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart

The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart

by Christine Hoover
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The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart by Christine Hoover

"Nothing in my life goes untouched by my husband’s calling."

Christine Hoover’s words in the first chapter describe so well the life of a church planter’s wife, which is enormously difficult yet extraordinarily rewarding. To be married to a church planter is a calling of its own with a richness of its own.

In The Church Planting Wife, Hoover explores and encourages the hearts of her readers while teaching what it means to have heart prepared for this unique ministry. She knows the challenges: A church planter's wife must develop a job description, be a wise helper to her husband, develop friendships within the church and community, deal with stress and discouragement, handle wounds, and more. Christine speaks candidly about these challenges while urging readers to grow a heart that wholly reflects Jesus.

Spread throughout these pages are stories and interviews from church planting wives. Christine Hoover empathetically and pointedly builds from these testimonies to uplift the reader and offer lessons of hope in the midst of a challenging ministry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802406385
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 467,903
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

CHRISTINE HOOVER is a pastor's wife, mom, speaker, and the author of The Church Planting Wife (Moody, 2013) and From Good to Grace (Baker, 2015). She has written for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Christianity Today. Blogging at she enjoys encouraging ministry wives and helping women apply the gift of God's grace to their daily lives. She lives in Virginia.

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The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TinaCPW More than 1 year ago
The BEST book I've read to encourage me as a ministry wife. Biblically solid. Riveting. Poignant. Honest. Convicting. Warm. Insightful. Incredibly encouraging... Christine selflessly and effectively exposes her own heart for the sake of the hearts of her readers. What a gift! She doesn't just theorize about how to best live a called-out life, she has learned it first hand and breaks it down very practically. As a church planting wife of almost 5 years I found myself on almost every page, as if I were reading my own journals. So refreshing! Yet, the wisdom in it's pages speaks to any woman seeking to live a godly life. If you are not a church planting wife, please do not dismiss this book. A couple of noteworthy aspects: 1. Interviews with various other church planting wives give even more perspective to certain topics. 2. The "Cultivating Your Heart" section at the end of each chapter encourages reflection and further Bible reading around the particular chapter's theme. Are you excited about your call to ministry? Read this book. Are you weary or discouraged in ministry? Read this book. Have you felt lonely, fearful, stressed? Have you been wounded by people in the church? Are you uncertain about your roles or struggle with priorities? Do you wonder how to better encourage your spouse? Do you long to live a more free and authentic life in the Lord? Do you want to better understand a friend who is in the ministry? Read. This. Book.
NickiJC More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for every Pastor's wife. It puts words to the pressures and struggles that sometimes we feel and just can't describe. Christine offers encouragement in the fact that you are not alone while giving you Biblical advise that helped see her through. I loved the interviews at the beginning of each chapter where Christine spoke with other Pastor's wives who offered insight to the way they deal with certain issues. Christine offers the reader a transparent look into the struggles she faced as a church planting wife while offering practical and Biblical advice in seeking God for your Hope and Approval. She can speak (write) with integrity because she has been there. She is honest and down to earth making the reader feel like she's one of your best friends. I highly recommend this book whether you are planting a church, thinking about planting a church, or several years in!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a church planting wife, but am associated with a mission agency that sends couples to plant churches. When I saw this title and began reading, I immediately realized this was a resource that was truly was "help and hope for her heart". I, too, was encouraged as I read it to keep on for Christ. I purchased 10 additional copies to give away. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. I am already planning on reading it again as I feel like I will have to continually address these areas in my life as we enter different stages of church planting. Very encouraging.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
CarolHanshew More than 1 year ago
If you are married to a pastor, The Church Planting Wife is for YOU. I highly recommend this book, even if you and your husband are not in the midst of church-planting. It is applicable to pastors' wives on so many levels. My husband is currently serving an established church, but I still found this resource to be extremely helpful. In her new book, Christine explores friendships, pride, fear, stress, hurts, and discouragement, including a wonderful chapter on how to be the best helpmate to your husband. She also explores another important topic: how to please God alone. The book is full of heartfelt advice from someone who has been there. Christine's open and honest dialogue makes you feel right at home. Complete with scripture passages and challenges for cultivating your heart, I am certain I will be turning to this book time and time again to be uplifted, encouraged, and strengthened in my daily journey as a pastor's wife.
MMM0 More than 1 year ago
This gospel centered read encouraged me to rely on God's promises and Word to guide me through the difficult decisions we are face about our future. This book really simplified my prayers and thinking towards our future. I am so thankful. I would recommend this read to anybody that feels that they are being lead in a direction that seems really difficult or out of their comfort zone. I am really thankful for this read and will look back at it, especially to the "Cultivating You Heart" section.
manemi More than 1 year ago
My husband and I are in the very beginning stages of church planting.  Having just moved half way across the country to do so, Christine's story is familiar to me! I have appreciated so much her candid vulnerability, honesty and wisdom.  I believe there is great family/marriage advice, Godly counsel and spiritual truths woven into every chapter for every person (not just a pastor's wife!).  This book is very accessible to read and I'm sure I will read it more than once.  I am thankful for this great resource!   
Jenn6 More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my personal favorites. Christine is an excellent author and I love her style of writing.  Right off the bat you connect with her and can relate to the stories even if you aren't a church planting wife.  I am a minister's wife so I have encountered every challenge she has but I have a small business and felt that it connected to that.  I really believe that any woman at any stage of life and in any situation of life will find this book encouraging, challenging and convicting. I loved the questions at the end of each chapter and the scripture to look at.  The interviews with church planting wives throughout the book were honest and encouraging.  I love that Christine gets to heart and it isn't a list of things to do in ministry. It gets at our hearts and really meets any woman where she is at. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Christine Hoover has written a book that is an absolute necessity for every woman who is a church planter's wife or a pastor's wife, but it is also an incredible handbook for any woman seeking to live her life according to God's will. Christine has written with an honesty, openness, and vulnerability so that others may benefit from her journey in learning to live in faith and complete dependence on God. The areas she discusses in the book are ones all women struggle with: fear, stress, pride, discouragement, hurts, obedience to God's will, support to our husbands, and friendships. Christine shares personal stories supported with biblical insights and scriptures that truly encourage the reader and provide "help and hope for her heart." What a shame I didn't have this book years ago!
Heather374 More than 1 year ago
Even though I am not a church-planting wife (or a wife at all, for that matter...yet!), I have gained encouragement and truth from the things that Christine shares in this book. She is very open and honest about life, and it has encouraged me in my own journey. Christine's book also gives me insight into what my pastor's and other ministry wives go through. It gives me new compassion for them, as well as makes me aware of ways to specifically minister to them. And I also think this book is a good resource for many women in ministry, even for those who are not pastors' wives. Whether you are a church-planting pastor's wife or not, Christine pinpoints the need for complete dependence on God within this journey we call life. And this is something I think we can all learn from. No matter what, people will fail us. Friends. Family. Even husbands sometimes. And we as women must go to God for our value and worth. Yes, God places people in our lives to encourage us and speak life to our hearts. These are gifts, wonderful gifts. But the ultimate source of our strength will always have to be God. Christine's honesty in the struggles and lessons learned from being a wife in ministry is both refreshing and challenging. It lets those in ministry know that they are not alone, and it offers HOPE. As someone who has a heart to bless the lives of those in ministry, let me say this: Your support of your pastor's wife is so needed! Read this book, and give a copy to your pastor's wife, too! It will encourage her heart.
HollyDennis More than 1 year ago
This book is such a great help for the heart of a church planting wife.My husband and I are 4 years in to planting our first church.  This book would have been amazing had I read it in the pre-planting stages and it is still amazing for my heart as I read it 4 years in.  Christine 'get's it'.  She 'gets it' from the perspective that only a church planting / ministry wife can 'get it'.  Her stories, the realness of her own heart and the authenticity in which she writes draws you in and makes you realize you are NOT alone in the process!  It's a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago