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Pastors' Wives Retreat

Pastors' Wives Resource site provided by the Sunday School Discipleship Ministries International, a ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. We want to hear about your experiences, the lessons you’ve learned and how God’s Word and prayer supported and sustained you in the joys and challenges of parsonage life.

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Written by Linda Hardin   

The following books and short summaries are suggested reading. If you have books to recommend, please sent the title, author, publisher, and short summary to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Devotional Reading
The Busy Mom’s Guide to Spiritual Survival
Kelli B. Trujillo
Wesleyan Publishing House, 2007
ISBN 7808980 273465
A great book for moms with young children including help for maintaining a spiritual life in the midst of rearing children. Because this life-stage is stress-filled for many mothers, this book offers insights, encouragement, and support for the journey. The author writes from a practical experience, spattering throughout stories of mothers who have been there and survived.

Daily Wisdom for Mothers
Michelle Medlock Adams
Barbour, 2004
ISBN 1- 5931-0175-9
This daily devotional book will speak to many mothers as they find their lives reflected in the writings. Short and often thought provoking, this book provides a good option for mothers whose time for devotional thoughts is at a premium.

Mom, Does God Know We’re in Wyoming?
C. Ellen Watts
Pleasant World, 2006
Moms are incredibly busy people. This collection of stories reminds busy mothers that God understands and cares—always.  Though the life experiences of the author, other moms learn how God uses everyday events to teach and encourage them. Great reading for moms who have little time to read.

When the Soul Listens
Jan Johnson
NavPress, 1999
ISBN 157-683-1132
The book is not a series of formulas to help you do contemplative prayer. However, if the reader is experiencing a spiritual drought, this book will help.

You Still Here, Lord?
Karon Phillips Goodman
Barbour, 2004
ISBN 1-5931-0127-6
In a conversational and easy-to-read style, the author challenges readers to completely rest in God’s love, learning to trust and invite God into all aspects of life. This is a good read for women wanting to take their relationship with God to a deeper level.

General Interest
Chosen and Highly Favored
Diana Swoope
Beacon Hill Press, 2001
ISBN 083-411-884X
Easy-to-read and filled with interesting insights on the role of holiness women in today’s society. The book challenges readers to become the women God designed them to be.

Cooking with Hot Flashes
Martha Bolton
Bethany House, 2005
ISBN 0-7642-0002-X
In a society that values youth, Martha Bolton provides a comical look at life as women “mature.” Bolton reminds the readers there is more than one way to view life—and her suggestion is to laugh and enjoy it.

Listening Inside Out
David and Rhonda Kyncl
Beacon Hill Press, 2008
ISBN 978-0-8341-2369-4
This book is designed to facilitate intergenerational conversations as strategies are developed to involve young adults in ministry. A study guide for this book can be found at

Making Disciples: One Conversation at a Time
D. Michael Henderson
Beacon Hill Press, 2007
ISBN 0-8341-2300-2
The author defines discipleship as helping a friend follow Jesus Christ more closely. From this premise, Henderson introduces simple ways to help the readers become more comfortable in making disciples.

Ministry Wives
From one Ministry Wife to Another
Susie Hawkins
Mood Press, 2009
ISBN 978-0-8024-6030-1
Drawing from her experiences as a ministry wife in rural areas, mega churches, and denominational leadership, Hawkins invites reads to a frank and hope-filled conversation about the various roles ministry wives often fill, or feel pressured to fill.

You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes
Lisa McKay
David C. Cook, 2010
ISBN 978-1-4347-6726-4
The images some ministry wives about how they should dress, interact with members of the congregation, accepted ways to have fun, and other ideas often create barriers to authentic relationships with congregational members. The author shares her struggles and joys of being a minister’s wife.

Parental Tips
Holding the World by the Hand
Gigi Schweikert
Howard, 2005
ISBN 1-5822-9418-6
The author uses personal stories to remind mothers of their importance in the formation of their children. The easy-to-read and short stories make it a tool for busy mothers who only find short segments of quiet time.

Mom…and Loving It!
Laurie Lovejoy Hilliard & Sharon Lovejoy Aut
Bethany House, 2005
ISBN 0-7642-0039-9
This book is written by two busy mothers with practical and real-to-life suggestions and information. They also include stories of other mothers, covering the various staging of mothering.

Raising a Spiritually Strong Daughter
Susie Shellenberger
Bethany House, 2009
ISBN 978-0-7642-0376-3
Drawing from her experiences as a teen expert, Susie offers suggestions and encourage mothers as they influence daughters and help them to develop a lasting faith. Susie also offers interactive steps to engage mothers and daughters in establishing a firm biblical foundation.

Seven Ways to be a S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Mom
Kasey Johnson
Beacon Hill Press, 2010
ISBN 978-0-8341-2552-0
Everyone knows it’s tough to be a mom. This book helps the readers to work smarter rather than harder. The author encourages readers to evaluate who they are as individuals, how they get things done, and life dreams. The book offers tips for finding and maintaining balance.

Relationship Development
Seven Things He’ll Never Tell You…
Kevin Lemann
Tyndale House, 2007
ISBN 9781414312088
Written by a man for women, it helps women to understand better the men in their lives.  It also helps to celebrate and appreciate the differences between the genders.  The explanations about how men think, react, and behave should help women to understand and cope with the challenges of marriage, rearing boys, and relating to all the men in their lives. 

A Woman and Her Relationships
Rosemary Flaaten
Beacon Hill Press, 2007
ISBN 978-0-8341-2338-0
The author challenges the readers to take an honest look at their relationship with God. Sharing insights from personal experiences and other women, the readers are provided tools to enrich and strengthen their relationship with God.

Yupe. Nope. Maybe.
Stephen James and David Thomas
Tyndale, 2007
In an easy-to-read style and filled with stories, the authors discuss the communication differences between men and women with the goal of helping women understand the men in their lives and to improve communications. 

Women’s Issues
Loving Your Body
Deborah Newman
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2002
ISN 1-58997-005-5
Due to the deception of the media, many women have a poor body image. This book discusses many of the myths and misrepresentations to assist readers in understanding that God accepts us and wants us to see ourselves as He does.


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We welcome pastors’ husbands to visit this page and to provide insights into the needs and challenges you face. Let us know how we can minister to you and assist as you fulfill your supportive roles. Send your comments and suggestions to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Until then, we welcome you to join the discussions and provide resources on this site...Read More

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Each weekday, Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI) meet for prayer. All requests will be presented to the staff, except those identified as confidential. We’ll pray for you, asking God to work and to extend grace and mercy...Read More

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