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Her Husband’s Crown: A Wife’s Ministry and a Minister’s Wife

By Sara Leone
November 2007 | Review by Ruth Burke


Although much has been written to prepare men for the work of the Christian ministry, there is comparatively little in print that will help prepare a pastor's wife for her role within the church. The wife of a pastor is neither the 'First Lady' of the church, nor 'just another member'. She has certain basic responsibilities laid upon her, and this booklet aims to help her fulfil these as she serves the Lord alongside her husband.

  • Publisher: Banner of Truth
  • ISBN: 978-0851519463
  • Pages: 48
  • Price: £2.00
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Book Review

This book is written by a pastor’s wife in America to provide what she felt was lacking – a book of advice and encouragement for other pastors’ wives.
The first few chapters deal with the wife’s relationship with her own husband. Is she providing a ‘quiet, peaceful home’, fulfilling her responsibilities as a mother and being a ‘sympathetic and confidential listener’?
The remaining chapters focus more on the wife’s responsibilities within the congregation. Is she courteous to, and interested in, everyone in the church? Is she guilty of gossip? Is her behaviour an ‘asset’ or a ‘liability’ to her husband?
Although this booklet is aimed in particular at the wives of pastors (there is a specially useful chapter on supporting your husband in the discouragements specific to the Christian ministry) much of what is said is also relevant to all Christian wives.
All Sara Leone’s arguments are grounded in Scripture. While using some illustrations from her own experience, she tends to draw general principles which can be applied to the widely differing situations in which pastors’ wives find themselves.
Her husband’s crown is neither long, nor difficult to read, and it makes very worthwhile reading.

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