#BOOK REVIEW “Pastors’ Wives” iPad Mini Giveaway and Facebook Party with @LisaCullen! {5/23} @Litfuse

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is celebrating the release of her debut novel, Pastors’ Wives, with an iPad Mini Giveaway and connecting with readers on Facebook on May 23rd!


One winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini
  • A $25 iTunes gift card

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 22nd. Winner will be announced at the “Pastors’ Wives” Author Chat Party on May 23rd. Connect with Lisa for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Lisa will also be giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of Pastors’ Wives and join Lisa on the evening of May 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!


 About the book . . . 

What’s it like when the man you married is already married to God? asks Pastors’ Wives, an often surprising yet always emotionally true first novel set in a world most of us know only from the outside.
Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s debut novel Pastors’ Wives follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a fictional suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at a megachurch called Greenleaf. Reeling from the death of her mother, Ruthie suffers a crisis of faith—in God, in her marriage, and in herself. Candace is Greenleaf’s “First Lady,” a force of nature who’ll stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candace’s son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. All their roads collide in one chaotic event that exposes their true selves. Inspired by Cullen’s reporting as a staff writer for Time magazine, Pastors’ Wives is a dramatic portrayal of the private lives of pastors’ wives, caught between the demands of faith, marriage, duty, and love.

Purchase a copy here.

About the author . . .          

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen was a longtime staff writer for TIME magazine. She now develops TV pilots for production companies and recently sold her first pilot for “The Ordained” to CBS. Born in Japan, Cullen lives in New Jersey with family. 
Reader review . . . 
Ruthie, a lapsed Catholic, is not prepared when her husband announces his call to the ministry, and when he answers that call by joining the staff of a megachurch, she feels as though she has been dropped into a foreign country.  Ginger, the pastor’s daughter-in-law, also struggles with the pressures of being a pastor’s wife while trying to hide secrets from her past.  Everything is held together by Candace, “First Lady” of Greenleaf, who is clearly the power behind the throne.  When scandal erupts and threatens the Greenleaf empire and the happiness of the women, each one discovers her own strengths and weaknesses.

First, just let me make this clear.  This is not, technically, Christian fiction, but fiction with a religious theme.  Not a negative, you understand, but I just want potential readers to understand before they start reading.  The characters are a little more realistic than you would find in Christian fiction, with real struggles and problems that are not always addressed in typical religious genres.  Combine that with a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of those in the ministry, and you have a fascinating, if possibly controversial, novel.  

Although I have never been a pastor’s wife (and don’t want to be), I have known many, been friends with some, and even related to a couple of them.  Just like the novel, they are real people with the same problems we all face.  Pastor’s Wives brings these struggles to light, although the characters in the novel are a bit over-the-top; but then, it is fiction, after all.  

I appreciate the candidness with which Ruthie struggles with her faith, but at times there is a faint anti-Protestant feel.  We are not all nuts, and all mega-churches are not run like Hollywood studios; those are just the ones who make the headlines.  I did enjoy the blunt honesty of their conversations, and the phrase “sanctimonious ninny” made me laugh out loud.  Some may find the inclusion of somewhat strong language offensive, but in this case, I felt that it added realism.  
Overall, a fascinating look at a subject not often explored.

4.5 stars

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