Sacred Privilege: The Life and Ministry of a Pastor's Wife
"My passionate prayer is that every pastor's wife will get to read this book, because it could save your life, marriage, family, and ministry from a lot of unnecessary pain. And it can help make the rest of your life,...
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"My passionate prayer is that every pastor's wife will get to read this book, because it could save your life, marriage, family, and ministry from a lot of unnecessary pain. And it can help make the rest of your life, the best of your life."--Rick Warren
Life as a pastor's wife offers meaningful opportunities to play a significant part in God's work, to witness and participate in the beauty of changed lives. Yet it also carries the potential for deep wounds and great conflict that can drain the joy out of service. Is it worth it? Oh yes, says Kay Warren, cofounder of Saddleback Church. It is more than worth the risk--it's a sacred privilege.
Drawing on more than forty years in ministry, Kay provides encouraging principles and life lessons, along with intimate personal stories, that will give you the confidence you need to lead and live well. You'll learn to
- accept who you are
- adapt to change
- help your children survive and thrive
- protect your private life
- deal with criticism
- live with integrity
- develop an eternal perspective
Whether you are excited, struggling, or feeling broken and tired, you will find hope and encouragement for your calling in Kay's warm and wise words.
Yours is a role unlike any other. No matter what size church you and your husband serve in, whether you came into the role of pastor's wife with eager anticipation or with hesitation and a protective shell around your heart, the role of a pastor's wife is unique. With candor and compassion, Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church, pastor's wife, and pastor's daughter, offers tremendous encouragement about your role, including
- the significance and impact pastors' wives have in the Body of Christ
- an inside look at the ups and downs of this special role
- affirmation that the rewards are worth the effort, pain, and loss of privacy
- invaluable advice for living with the pressure of a public position
As you fulfill this unique calling, this sacred privilege, Kay's words will be a gift in every season of your ministry.
Kay Warren, cofounder of Saddleback Church with her husband, Rick, is an international speaker, best-selling author and Bible teacher who has a passion for inspiring and motivating others to make a difference with their lives.
She is best known for her 10 years as a tireless advocate for those living with HIV and AIDS, and the orphaned and vulnerable children left behind. As an advocate, she has traveled to 19 countries, calling the faith community as well as the public and private sectors to respond with prevention, care, treatment and support of people living with the virus.
Kay is author of several books including her newest Choose Joy: Because Happiness Isn't Enough, which was adapted from a Bible study she first taught at Saddleback Church in July 2011, drawing more than 5,000 women for the four-week sessions. In the book, Kay describes how painful experiences - two bouts of cancer, watching as life-threatening illnesses attacked her children and grandchildren and living with mild depression most of her life have shaped her conviction that joy is a choice and within the reach of every person, no matter how desperate or dark circumstances may be.
She is also author of Dangerous Surrender, which was originally released in 2007 and revised, expanded and published as Say Yes to God in 2010, and coauthor of Foundations: 11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On with Pastor Tom Holladay in 2004.
Additionally, Kay has also written for Christianity Today, Purpose Driven Life, CNN.com and The Washington Post, and has been featured in Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Guideposts, Sojourners, POZ and Today's Christian Woman magazines, among others.
Kay attended California Baptist College and earned her B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles. She is mother to Amy, Joshua and Matthew, and grandmother to Kaylie, Cassidy, Caleb, Cole and Claire.