What's it like when the man you married is already married to God? asks Pastors' Wives, an often surprising yet always emotionally true first novel set in a world most of us know only from the outside.
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen's debut novel Pastors' Wives follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a fictional suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at a megachurch called Greenleaf. Reeling from the death of her mother, Ruthie suffers a crisis of faith---in God, in her marriage, and in herself. Candace is Greenleaf's "First Lady," a force of nature who'll stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candace's son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. All their roads collide in one chaotic event that exposes their true selves. Inspired by Cullen's reporting as a staff writer for Time magazine, Pastors' Wives is a dramatic portrayal of the private lives of pastors' wives, caught between the demands of faith, marriage, duty, and love.
About The Author:
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen was a longtime staff writer for TIME magazine. She now develops TV pilots for production companies and recently sold her first pilot for "The Ordained" to CBS. Born in Japan, Cullen lives in New Jersey with family.
Find out more about Lisa athttp://lisacullen.com.
Pastor Wive's was an intriguing look at the world of Mega Church wives. While fictional, there is always a little bit of truth in fiction, and this is seen in the this book. With themes such as insecurity, pride, being called to ministry and how to be the "perfect" ministry wife (is there actually such a thing?), I seriously loved this book.
It had humorous and serious parts aplenty, but most importantly, I loved that the character's were so real-to-life. I laughed with them, cried with them and in general, cheered them on. The dynamics between the characters and church in general was really neat to see how it played out in the book and gave a fictional look in to the world of church dynamics and politics. The book is not a Christian one and there are a few spots where language is a little unsavory, but not outlandishly vulgar. So if that bother's you, you may not want to read this book. However, it was a well written book and a very quick read.
I recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***