What is it like to live in the shadow of the steeple? Author Virginia Cooper Stokes knows because she's been the wife of a minister for over three decades. Through heartwarming personal testimony, she opens up about the churches in which her husband has served and the devastating reality of moving on when God called them to a new church. It's hard to raise children under the watchful eyes of an entire congregation. It's difficult to minister to your enemies in the face of harsh criticism. But on The Journey of a Shepherd's Wife, Virginia is able to find her place in the church and a way to use her talents for God-the only one we should desire to please. Ministers' wives and churchgoing women alike will find an ally in this shepherd's wife who knows what it is like to feel tremendous hurt as well as great joy and love in the ministry. The Journey of a Shepherd's Wife gives us a very honest look at Virginia's role as the wife of a pastor, mother, and woman in the church. It is my prayer that churchgoers everywhere will see the gift we have in those God has placed as role models in our lives. -Jeanette Heinicke, church member, missionary, Tompkinsville, KY
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