Sundays are for Book Reviews: You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes

Ahh, the month of June is almost over… which means that every week has been FULL! Didn’t you know that in the life of your typical Southern Baptist Church, the month of June is the optimal time for just about every summer program/event/camp/party under the sun? If you’re married to your pastor, then I know you know.

Speaking of pastors’ wives, Lisa McKay’s book, You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes is just about the most relevant, helpful, encouraging, and challenging book I’ve read on the subject of being married to a pastor. In her very engaging tone and style, Lisa invites those who are married to men in all areas of ministry (senior pastors, associate pastors, youth pastors, missionaries) to pull up a chair and “listen in” as she and her M2M friends (married to ministry) discuss the joys and frustrations of serving alongside your spouse in the ministry of the church.

I’ve read a lot of book by pastors’ wives, and quite frankly, the very fact that most of them have the credibility to write a book means that their husbands pastor 1000+ member churches and that they are so far removed from the days when they literally had to crawl on their hands and knees to beg for VBS volunteers that they don’t even think to address those of us who are still there. (Not that they didn’t have those days — I’m sure they all did!) What I most appreciated about this book was that Lisa writes as though she can honestly relate to what happens in the trenches of smaller church ministry. She tells her story, of coming to Christ early in her marriage, moving out-of-state with her husband for Bible college then seminary, and the experiences they’ve had in several different congregations through the years. Using humor and sheer transparency in her prose, she tells readers how she manages her responsibilities at church, how she keeps her family first, and how she keeps from becoming her husband’s greatest enemy in the work that he does. Within the pages of this book, I found encouragement for where we are ourselves, while still being challenged and taught something new about the supporting role I play in our church. Lisa writes as a seasoned pastor’s wife, and her book is full of timely wisdom. And, to be honest, it was just fun to read. I finished it in a day because I just couldn’t put it down!

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to any and all pastors’ wives. It was real, relevant, and refreshing. You’ll be challenged and encouraged!

Here’s a question to ALL wives out there. What do you most like about your husband’s profession?

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