By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    The Pastor’s Kid

    Monday, September 17, 2018

    Last month we dedicated our email/blogs to PK’s (Pastor’s Kids.) We recently were made aware of a book The Pastor’s Kid: Finding Your Own Faith and Identity by Barnabas Piper. Barnabas is a PK himself so this is a must read.

    Here is a description of the book:

    The only one under as much pressure as the pastors is…the pastor’s kid.

    Dad may be following God’s call, but the pastor’s kids (PK’s) are just following Mom and Dad. Often to devastating results.

    Barnabas Piper–son of pastor and bestselling author John Piper–has experienced the challenges of being a PK firsthand. With empathy, humor, and personal stories, he addresses the pervasive assumptions, identity issues, and accelerated scrutiny PK’s face.

    But more than just starting the problem, Piper shares the one thing a PK needs above all else as does his or her parent and church – to live in true freedom and wholeness.

    “Few unchosen roles are more tricky and taxing than growing up as the son or daughter of a minister. The Pastor’s Kid is an insightful and winsome look at what it means to follow Jesus in a pressurized fish bowl of expectations and is laced with helpful advice to stay sane in the midst of it all.”

    Jonathan Merritt, proud pastor’s kid and author of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined

    I pray this book will be something that you and your husband will find helpful and your own PK’s will also.

    Help us continue providing resources of care for pastors and their families.

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