by Jen AlLee
When I wrote my novel, The Pastor's Wife, I had one main goal: deliver an engaging, entertaining story. But as it turns out, God had a little more in mind than that. (Amazing how His vision is always so much bigger than my own!)
I love hearing from readers. And a lot of the readers who contacted me about The Pastor's Wife felt a personal connection to the story. You see, they were married to pastors themselves, or they were daughters of pastors. Thankfully, they saw the book as an honest portrayal of what it's like to live under the microscope of ministry.
And so, The Pastor's Wife Speaks was born. It's only two and a half weeks old, a virtual baby in the blog-o-sphere, but it's off to a great start. I've been thrilled at the way women are reaching out to each other, offering support, asking questions, relating. In response to a heart-felt post about what to do when your own church doesn't meet the needs of your children, one women emailed me directly and said, "I had no idea anybody else felt this way. I thought I was the only one." And that, right there, is the heart of the blog.
I invite you all to come over spend some time with us (http://thepastorswifespeaks.blogspot.com/). If you're part of a pastoral family, you'll find other women who understand what you're feeling. And if you're not, you'll get a better insight on what your own pastor's wife copes with. In honor of the launch, there's a book giveaway on Saturday. All you have to do to enter is comment on a post or follow the blog. And in September we'll be discussing our very first book club selection: Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God by Francis Chan. It's going to be good!
Many thanks to my Inkwell sisters for giving me the opportunity to share this with you today. I leave you with these words from the apostle Paul:
Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.
Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy
Philippians 1:3-4 (NLT)