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When the Pastor Is Your Husband: The Joy and Pain of Ministry Wives
Beacon Hill Press / 2011 / Paperback
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An illuminating look at the joys and challenges of being a pastor's wife. Drawing on surveys from more than 7,000 women, Alder's well-researched guide provides encouragement, support, and practical help for those who are engaged in the often difficult life of a ministry spouse. Discover how to deal with expectations, loneliness, and discouragement.
Pastor's wives often face unrealistic expecations, challenges, and even discouragement as they serve alongside their husbands in ministry. Through advice and real-life stories, Donna Bordelon Adler provides solutions and encouragement to pastor's wives.A woman can excel when she examines frustrations and puts them into eternal perspective. Like a good friend whose company is cherished when life is filled with challenges, this book reveals down-to-earth, readable encouragements through each chapter.'Personally, having been married to a pastor's wife for 50 years, I do not believe those who hold the position of clergy wife can ever receive too much encouragement or enlightenment. Donna Alder has a book full of just that--affirmation and guidance for those who are called a pastor's wife.'--H.B. London, Jr.Vice President, Church and ClergyFocus on the Family
Summary from the Publisher
Donna Bordelon Alder's review of relevant literature has distilled the responses of ministry wives in 7 surveys to reflect the opinions of over 7,000 women from many denominations, and ages. Alder delivers a well-researched, well-illustrated book on the joys, the challenges, the success strategies of pastor's wives.
She combines relevant background information and advice mined from the experiences of thousands to illustrate life stories and to empathize with those considering, those anticipating, and those engaged in life as ministry wives. They no longer need to feel alone in their experiences.
The strengths of this book lie in its ability to successfully capture the actual experiences and advice of these thousands of women, in its relevant life stories, its down-to-earth readable nature, and its tender encouragement sprinkled along the path enlightened by each chapter.
Donna Bordelon Alder has served as associate professor of biology at Roberts Wesleyan College for 28 years. She has biology degrees from Southern Nazarene University and the University of Rochester where she has completed work towards her PhD. She has written articles for Journal of Cell Biology, Preachers' Magazine and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in Rochester, NY.
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