By Patti Johnson

Patti has been volunteering with Care for Pastors with The Confidante for Pastors’ Wives for 7 years after she and her husband received counsel from Care for Pastors as a way to give back to the ministry. She joined the Care for Pastors staff in January 2020. Patti is one of the administrators of The Confidante Private Facebook group for pastors' wives and is a regular contributor to weekly blogs. She loves to use her gifts and abilities to support the needs of the ministry. Patti has been married to her Pastor husband Keith for 36 years. They have 3 adult children who all to their delight live in Florida.

    Our 2022 Resource Blogs Review

    Monday, December 26, 2022

    January 31, 2022
    “The Pastor’s Kid“ by Barnabas Piper

    Living in the glasshouse is so hard for the pastor, spouse and especially the children. This book, written by a PK is so on target and will be a blessing to you and your children.

    February 28, 2022
    “Journey of the Soul“ by Bill and Kristi Gaultiere

    In Journey of the Soul, Bill and Kristi Gaultiere draw on more than 70,000 hours of providing therapy and spiritual direction to show you how to identify your current stage of faith and the next steps to take based on your unique needs and struggles. With Scripture, self-assessments, and soul care practices to support your progress along the way, this insightful and inspiring book will be a treasured companion on your journey, no matter where you are or how long you’ve been following Jesus.

    March 28, 2022
    “Divine Disruption“ by Dr Tony Evans and his adult children

    The Evans family takes you to the intimate moments, before, during, and after of life-changing events in their lives over a two-year period just before COVID disrupted all our lives. They share the facts, the fears, and the faith that it took to emerge victorious in Christ and set a new path for a lasting legacy.

    April 25, 2022
    “Leading On Empty“ by Wayne Cordeiro

    On our way home from the conference, a 3½ hour drive, I began reading this book to my husband as he drove. With the first chapter, he looked over at me with sad eyes and said “I could’ve written this…” As I continued reading, he kept saying things like “I feel that,” “Oh, I get that…” He identified with almost everything Wayne described from his own burnout.

    May 30, 2022
    “Thriving as a Pastor’s Wife“ by Christine Hoover

    The author of this book grabs your attention from her first words written. She had questions after 20 years in ministry and a year and a half of “crisis leadership” with her pastor husband during COVID. Some of her first words in the book captured my attention and my own topsy-turvy heart with all the shake-ups in ministry.

    “I’d felt lost for a while, or rather as if I’d been in a snow globe and someone had been shaking it endlessly.” Pg 20

    June 27, 2022
    “You Were Made for this Moment” by Max Lucado

    I don’t think there is anyone who will forget March 2020 when we were just beginning to experience the effects of the COVID pandemic that would touch every part of our lives over the next months.

    These facts and feelings were not wasted on pastor and author, Max Lucado.  He reached into the book of Esther to bring forth hope and courage for us today to move forward in confidence that God is always working. “You Were Made for This Moment” is the book title that resulted.  The author’s description of what will draw us into this writing is simple but profoundly engaging as we ask questions of this time.

    *Reclaim your eternal identity as a citizen of heaven
*Put your hope in the God of grand reversals
*Cultivate courage for challenging times
*Discover your role in God’s story

    July 25, 2022
    “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst

    I love Lysa TerKeurst’s books and would like to recommend another one to you, “Uninvited.” As pastors’ wives we all deal with rejection and at times it can become crippling. The enemy wants us to feel rejected, left out, lonely and less than, but that is not God’s plan for us.

    Here is a description of the book:

    In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection—from the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over to the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father. She leans in to honestly examining the roots of rejection, as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God.

    August 29, 2022
    “Raising Men, Not Boys: Shepherding Your Sons to be Men of God” by Mike Fabarez

    The author discusses the state of our culture – how men are portrayed in movies and television to be doofuses, unable to contribute intelligently to the raising of the children and hardly partners with their wives. This obviously is not what God intended for the family, so the discussion follows about God’s plan for families from the Genesis story, and how marriage is a reflection of Christ and the church.

    September 26, 2022
    “Who Do You Say That I Am?” by Cynthia Shelby

    Here is what you can expect in this devotional:

    “Who Do You Say That I Am?” devotional explores the familiar question of “Who is God?” through personal stories and the Hebrew names of God. The inspirational weekly reading and daily studies are designed to produce growth and to strengthen relationships.
    This 52-week devotional digs deep into the fundamental desire to know God, to feel love, to have acceptance and to belong to a community.

    October 31, 2022
    “How Happiness Happens” by Max Lucado

    Max Lucado in the pages of this book, “How Happiness Happens”, peels back the layers of what makes us happy and what doesn’t, what sustains our happiness and what doesn’t, and goes searching and finding what’s behind the “happy face” …joy, pure, real, lasting joy.

    The book takes us through a series of “one another’s,” teachings of Jesus as He reveals the lasting joy, the winsome life of true happiness that is rooted in real joy.

    November 28, 2022
    “The True Measure of a Woman” by Lisa Bevere

    Lisa is a wonderful storyteller and steeped in God’s word, which I always look for with any author. She strips away what our culture has taught us to use as a measuring tool for ourselves, and instead shows us whose opinion ultimately matters for our eternal worth. This is a perfect read to help combat today’s culture that shifts from day to day and rest on God’s lasting value of who He’s made you to be!

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