While firmly focused on the specific needs and challenges of a church planting wife, Christine also manages to create a valuable resource for ANY wife who seeks to follow Christ in varying circumstances and callings. She makes use of solid biblical principles, intimate personal experiences, and wise counsel from other planting wives in an accessible book that doesn't back down from asking each of us the crucial questions regarding the state of our hearts. Through Christine's willingness to share her deepest attitudes and struggles, we hear her say clearly that a heart and mind set on Jesus will see victory and joy no matter what we face.
I'm so glad to have read this book (even though I am not a church planting wife), and I immediately thought of a long list of women who would benefit as well!
The BEST book I've read for ministry encouragement
January 30, 2013
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.
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!
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.
The Church Planting Wife, by Christine Hoover, shares the story of how God shaped the author's heart through the unique struggles common to church planting.
Although written to and about wives of church planters, the book resonates with any ministry-minded woman. The book 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 organized as follows: a dependent heart, a helping heart, a connected heart, a sacrificial heart, a faithful heart, a peaceful heart, an undivided heart, and a healed heart. Each chapter contains biblical emphasis as well as real-life examples of life on the ministry field.
The book is peppered with hilarious and convicting personal experiences with which most women can identify. Along those lines, Christine offers helpful insight on how to make friends, how to correctly view the role of a church planting wife, how best to help your husband, how to set boundaries around the home and family, how to balance ministry stress, and how to deal with those pesky sin problems of pride, fear, and resentment.Â
Who should buy this book? Any missions-minded woman, particularly those involved in any sort of church planting ministry. This book challenges all women to live and lead out of their relationship with God. Additionally, all church planting wives! Regardless of where you are in the church planting process, this book will encourage you, incite your faith at God's provision, and give you tangible tools for facing the church planting challenge.
And please, church planters, buy this book for your wife! Your wife has unique obstacles she will face alongside you in church planting (think discouragement, exhaustion, depression, loneliness, etc.) and this book will help her benefit your marriage, your home, and your ministry.