You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes: And Other Great Advice from an Unlikely Preacher’s Wife addresses many of the challenges and questions faced by women married to the ministry, pastor’s wives wondering about their role—and the expectations thereof–in their husband’s calling. Written from the trenches by real life pastor’s wife Lisa McKay, You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes is an honest and perceptive look at the unique struggles pastor’s wives encounter.
Lisa writes with humor and authenticity, addressing topics such as “Church Can Hurt,” “I Can Have BFFs in the Church Pews,” and “About the Joys of Hello.” I particularly liked her advice in the chapter titled “How to Embrace My Own Thing.” Rather than encourage pastors’ wives to find what they like to do ministry-wise and forgo all else, Lisa wisely encourages women to ask: “Will laying aside a ministry or choosing not to participate keep people from hearing the gospel or you from being obedient in sharing it?” In a Christian world full of counsel about strengths and calling, the reminder to keep the Main Thing the main thing is refreshing.
In fact, the whole of You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes is refreshing and disarming and it reads like a long conversation with a good friend and fellow sojourner. True confessions: I know Lisa in real life, having first met her via the wonder that is blogging, and she is every bit as authentic in her book as she is in person and vice versa. She longs to encourage women just like herself, pastors’ wives uneasy with the glass house in which they live and uncomfortable in the assumptions thrust upon them. With You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes, she does so with wit and wisdom. Whether you are a ministry wife yourself or a lay person seeking to better encourage your pastor’s wife, You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes is a valuable resource.
Lisa McKay has generously offered to give away a copy of You Can Still Wear Cute Shoes to three 5 Minutes for Books winners (US and Canada)! Leave a comment on this post to be eligible. We’ll announce the winners on June 16.
Thanks, Lisa, my friend, for the review copy and for sponsoring the giveaway!
Wife and mother, Bible teacher and blogger, Lisa loves Jesus, coffee, dark chocolate and, of course, books. Read more of her reflections at Lisa writes….