Monday, June 14, 2010

Notes in Review

The Pastor's Wife
by Jennifer AlLee

Six years after abandoning her husband, her marriage, and a congregation of saints, Maura Sullivan returns to Granger, Ohio for the reading of a will. Its contents will bring the bitter woman not only back to a town she never wanted to see again, but trapped in the parsonage she disliked even as a newlywed. And back to the church that robbed her of her husband’s time and affections.

Maura is mad at God, and equally angry at Nick. And the secret she harbors within her heart leaves little room for healing or forgiveness. It also could be the one thing that forever destroys any chance of reconciliation with her estranged husband.

Nick Shepherd doesn’t know whether to be mad or glad when the will of a departed parishioner stipulates that he open his home for six months to the woman who left him without a word of good-bye. For six years, he and his wife have had no contact—not a phone call, not a letter, not even a greeting card. Can they live under the same roof now, with so many things unsaid, so many wounds untended…so much love unheeded?

In this charming story of hurt and healing, of sin and redemption, Jennifer AlLee paints an eye-opening peek into parsonage life. In Maura and Nick’s story, pastors and their wives become people—real people, with real problems and concerns. With lives and loves and marriages that suffer from lack of attention when the church becomes “the other woman” in the relationship.

Everyone who has ever had a pastor should read The Pastor’s Wife. Every pastor with a wife he’d like to keep should read this book. Every pastor’s wife who feels neglected, abandoned, and unappreciated should read this story. Any person who plays any kind of role in the church should read it, and be prepared to see their shepherds in a brand new light.

Nice writing, and thoughtful handling of a delicate issue.


LuAnn said...

I've seen some anger and bitterness in one of the pastor's wives here when her husband suddenly decided to "retire" and leave her holding the bag for the family finances. With a mortgage, car payment and two children in college, it was very difficult for her. Fortunately, he decided to do interim work so they do have some other income now and then, but it's been hard for her emotionally.

Delia Latham said...

I'm sure it has. I think most of us are guilty of not appreciating our pastor's wives quite enough, because it's hard to understand the depth of the sacrifices they make. Lord, give us all deeper and more compassionate insight into, and appreciation for, these wonderful women who stand beside our pastors and sacrifice their own dreams, plans - and sometimes relationships - for the good of the flock.