Pastors' Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
Publisher: Plume / Penguin Publishing
Publication Date: April 30, 2013
Format: Paperback - 368 pages / Kindle - 577 KB / Nook - 891 KB
Genre: Women's Fiction
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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.
My Book Review:
Pastors' Wives is a realistic portrayal of three very different women whose lives intertwine as pastors' wives in an Evangelical megachurch in the Atlanta suburb of Magnolia. As each of the women struggle with personal challenges in their lives, they evolve into their own true selves as they learn to juggle the demands of living a public life of religious service with the demands in their private life.
In her debut novel, author Lisa Takeuchi Cullens weaves a fascinating tale that takes the reader behind the scenes into the personal lives of three pastors' wives as they struggle with issues of faith, identity, and the balance of responsibility to their family, church and themselves.
Written in the alternating perspectives of the three pastors' wives, the reader follows Candace, Ruthie and Ginger as their lives intertwine as each struggles to define their supporting role and individual purpose within themselves, their marriage and in the church ministry. Filled with back stories and flashbacks to the past mixed with the present, these three ladies take the reader on a emotional roller coaster ride as the complexities of being a pastor's wife and living within a very small fishbowl are revealed.
This is a story that captivates the reader's attention from the start, you can't help but be intrigued by the inner workings of the megachurch ministry, and the behind the scenes supporting role as a pastor's wife. The author does a wonderful job of portraying the women as authentic and normal women who have flaws and personal issues that they struggle with just like we do, instead of maintaining the mystical perfection that is so often the mask that they wear while in the public eye. The author thoughtfully reminds us that these women are human just like we are, and she makes it very easy for the reader to be able to relate to them.
With an intriguing cast of characters who are realistic and have flaws; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a fascinating storyline that reveals the behind the scenes mystique and dynamic of a megachurch ministry and the people who serve in its leadership roles; Pastors' Wives is a powerful story that is full of intrigue, drama, troubling pasts, and enough surprising twists and turns that makes it a thoroughly compelling and enjoyable read.
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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