The Pastor's Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love  -     By: Gloria Furman
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The Pastor's Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love

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In this encouraging and often humorous book, Gloria Furman offers pastors' wives a breath of fresh air, reminding readers that Christ stands ready to help regardless of the circumstance - whether it's late-night counseling sessions, unrealistic expectations about how they spend their time, or complaints about their husbands' preaching.

Filled with life-giving truth from God's Word, this book will help pastors' wives joyfully treasure their Savior, love their husbands, and serve their churches.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1433543834
ISBN-13: 9781433543838

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Filled with wise advice from someone who’s "been there," this short book encourages pastors’ wives to look to Christ when facing the challenges of ministry, whether it’s late-night counseling sessions, unfair complaints, or unrealistic expectations.

Author Bio

Gloria Furman (MACE, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a wife, mother of four, cross-cultural worker, and writer. In 2008 her family moved to the Middle East to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai where her husband, Dave, serves as the pastor.


This book is a breath of fresh air, not because it's personal (which it is), or because it's practical (which it is), but because it is profoundly biblical. We found Gloria's Scripture-saturated counsel to be eminently realistic and deeply encouraging. Her wit and wisdom will be good for the pastor and good for the pastor's wife, which is good news for those in ministry and good news for the church.
-Kevin and Trisha DeYoung,
Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan. Kevin and Trisha have been married for 12 years and have six children.

Pastor's wives are deep in the trenches of gospel work. We need biblical truths that meet us there and help us joyfully persevere. Gloria Furman has given us a rich, gospel-saturated resource, drawing our eyes away from any prescribed role and setting them on the one who really does the work.
-Christine Hoover,
author, The Church Planting Wife and From Good to Grace

Make no mistake: your role as a pastor's wife is essential. Gloria reminds us all to first and foremost drink deeply from the living water of Jesus as we endeavor to humbly fulfill our calling to love our husbands and the body of Christ to whom we have been called.
-Jennifer Carter,
wife of Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching, Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas

Gloria Furman has given the church a much-needed gift by addressing a group that is often neglected - the wives of pastors. With the power of the gospel, the clarity of Scripture, and personal insight, Gloria helps pastor's wives to first draw near to Jesus as their greatest need and satisfaction, then to love and support their husbands, and finally to find a healthy place in the local church.
-Joe and Jen Thorn,
author, Experiencing the Trinity and Note to Self; Lead Pastor, Redeemer Fellowship, St. Charles, Illinois; and his wife, Jen, blogger,

This book reminded me that when I'm weary, Christ's strength sustains me; when I'm tempted to cave in to expectations, I'm free to love and please Christ above all. Whether you're a pastor's wife or military wife or door sweeper's wife, this book will encourage you to plumb the riches of God's grace to you in Christ.
-Kristie Anyabwile,
wife of Thabiti Anyabwile, Assistant Pastor for Church Planting, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; mom of three; discipler of women

Minister's wives lead unique lives with a unique set of challenges. Gloria does a beautiful job of reminding us that our identity is in Christ and his redemptive blood, not in the way we serve or how much we do for Christ. I felt encouraged and spurred on in my walk with the Lord to look upward to Christ and not at my outward circumstances. This is a very helpful book for minister's wives anywhere at any stage of life.
-Heather Platt,
wife of David Platt, President, International Mission Board

The pastor's wife bears unusual responsibility. Though the Bible is completely silent about her role, churches tend to load her with unfair and unrealistic expectation. Gloria Furman brings both sense and hope, showing from the Bible what God does and does not expect from her. And because she looks constantly to the Bible, this is a book that transcends both time and culture. I happily commend this book to pastors, their wives, and their churches.
-Tim Challies,
author, The Next Story; blogger,

Gloria Furman gives practical and godly advice to those who are already serving as a pastor's wife as well as those who are just starting out. Many pastors' wives feel the pressure to be a person they are not, wanting to be liked by everyone, or struggling with the juggle of family life and service. Gloria draws us to Scripture and back to our first love. The Pastor's Wife will help you avoid pitfalls and inspire you to stay close to Jesus and to find your strength in him. It reminded me of all I value about being a pastor's wife.
-Carrie Vibert,
wife of Simon Vibert, Vice Principal and Director, The School of Preaching at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

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    Digging Into Grace
    May 15, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    In her third book, Gloria Furman promises to drill down to the things that matter, and her busy readers will find that she does, indeed, honor her word. The Pastors Wife was written in the small spaces between mothering four children and serving alongside her church-planting husband on the Arabian peninsula, so it is more than simply a job description or an I feel your pain encouragement card. Gloria has written a mission statement wrapped around a practical theology lesson for ministry wives. Her drilling down bypasses the stereotypes, the diatribes about roles, expectations, and needs, focusing instead on the truth that were all in this over-arching circumstance of needing and receiving grace from Jesus.

    Gloria helps us to see that the focus and privilege of the pastors wife is three-fold:

    1. Loving the Chief Shepherd: If God is my first love, I will not be trapped into making an idol of ministry, the opinions of others, my children, or any other circumstance or opportunity. Living in the awareness that I exist to please God, I see all things in relation to Him, and am able to happily receive my position as a sheep, serving fellow-sheep in the flock of God.

    2. Loving an Under Shepherd: Since the duties of an elder are clearly spelled out in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1, ministry wives (and all wives!) have a starting point, because Scripture also designates our role to be helper to our husband. Gloria shares personal experiences and encouragement specifically related to these biblical qualifications, and then offers Psalm 121 for any whose hackles rise with the question, Whos going to help me?

    My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.

    Therefore, with God as her helper, the pastors wife can confidently serve her husband and family without feeling that this is nominal and diminishing when compared to other opportunities she has to serve in and through the church. Relationships with other women (modeled on Titus 2) are also a rich resource for growing in the grace that is needed for serving alongside a servant in equipping the saints for the work of ministry.

    3. Loving the Bride of Christ: The robust ecclesiology that undergirds part three of The Pastors Wife is an important foundation for anyone who believingly follows Jesus Christ. Seen through the grid of New Testament truth, the church is the spiritual temple in which [God] chooses to dwell. Acting with this knowledge base will elevate the life of the local church above the sometimes deadening routine of nursery schedules, potluck dinners, and business meetings devoted to what-color-should-we-paint-the-ladies- bathroom? As the most visible part of our theology, a Christ-centered church is a platform for displaying the grace of God through the gifts He bestows.

    Whether reading from the unique perspective of a ministry wife, or simply from the position of a woman who wants to understand and support her pastors wife, there is rich truth in these page. When Gloria wrote Glimpses of Grace, my youngest son was eleven, so I read the book in order to recommend it to the young women in my Sunday School class. We are at very different phase of life, but what I have found is that the Scriptural truth behind her words is transcendent, and I always come away with concepts that I cant wait to apply. For example, in Section 2, Ephesians 1:17-19 is trumpeted as the basis for seeking Gods help in a marriage that demonstrates Gods design: We need the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God to enlighten the eyes of our hearts . . . The power by which we live is according to the work of Gods great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead, (v. 20); and we are privileged to serve Christ, who is seated at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion . . . not only in this age but also in the one to come. This rich gospel orientation strips away all the questions that start with how, what, and why, with a laser focus on Christ, the object of and power behind all true ministry. The Pastors Wife reveals service to Christ for what it is pure grace.

    This book was provided by Crossway in exchange for my honest review.
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