Book Giveaway: The Church Planting Wife

I was sitting on the edge of our bed staring at our bookshelf in July when it hit me: Year two of church planting is so much harder than year one. “Am I crazy,” I thought, “or am I onto something? Can anyone confirm this for me, or am I losing it?”

After I finished rolling my eyes at the dust collecting on the edge of the bookshelf, I spotted an old-ish title by a church planting pastor that I had read two years earlier. “Yes, there!” I said out loud as I reached for it. “There has to be something in this that will tell me I’m not crazy.”

I frantically flipped backward through the chapters and stood up when I came to,

“Chapter 1: Our Offering Was $137 and I Want to Use it To Buy Bullets  (0-45 people).”

I didn’t need to read another word. The chapter title confirmed that I was definitely not one Sunday away from a straight jacket like I thought. Feeling a little on edge was part of the deal.

A few days later I realized that I was craving more confirmation that year two was a different kind of hard than year one. I needed to hear more stories of people (wives in particular) who pushed church planting boulders up hills and questioned their footing—and their endurance—they way I was questioning mine. So I did what any legit pastor’s wife would do: I combed the Bible Twitter until I landed on a little blog called Grace Covers Me.

“I want to bear fruit in my home, in our church, and in our community. But sometimes I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere.”

~When You Don’t See Fruit, April 30, 2012 

I clocked out at work and spent two hours devouring nearly every post from Christine Hoover, the blog’s writer, including several helpful interviews she featured there with other church planting wives. True to the name of the blog, grace covered me. I felt relieved, understood, and more confident in our call to Vegas than ever before. Reading her blog has been a staple in my morning routine ever since.

Which brings me to a giveaway!

Christine’s first book, The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart, released today, and she was kind enough to send me a copy earlier this month. I gulped it down like it was a cinnamon dolce latte, and I’m thrilled to say that it deserves a permanent perch on the shelf of every woman who
is in ministry alongside her husband, be it church planting or otherwise. The book is a tight hug and a hand up; it’s an intelligent and impassioned reminder that while the ground beneath us may feel wobbly, it is actually quite solid.

 “No matter who you are or what kind of church planting work you’re doing or what is going on with your church, you will face the decision daily: faith or fear? dependence or independence? In fact, those are questions for all believers seeking to live a life of faith, church planting or not. Everything hangs in the balance and things feel a little wobbly all the time.

But that is where we meet Christ. He’s not in our independence and control and plan Bs. In all the uncertainty and instability of church planting, we don’t have to despair for He holds all things together. Rather than expending our energy attempting to control life, rather than trying to fulfill some false standard of perfection, we must instead cultivate a dependent heart.” ~The Church Planting Wife, page 33 

If you would like a chance to receive a free copy of The Church Planting Wife, Christine has graciously offered to send a copy to one of my blog readers. So, if you are out there, leave a shout out in the comments and I’ll draw a winner on Monday. Even if you aren’t a ministry wife, you can enter and win a copy to give to your pastor’s wife. Word on the street is that they appreciate awesome gifts. But I’ve just heard this.

  • Thank you for such kind words, Kristen! Glad we’re in this church planting adventure together.

  • I’d love a copy of the book!! I need all the help I can get.

  • Allison

    I would love to read this book!!! Her blog has been such a comfort for me throughout this process. Great post- thanks for your transparency about so many emotions we share!

  • Thanks for your post! I can relate…I’ve spent many Sunday evenings looking through my husband’s church planting library praying for some paragraph of encouragement or some sentence that would confirm that we were “normal.” we are finishing year two. I think I’ve blocked out year 1 like trauma so I’m not sure if I think year 2 was harder or not…it’s all been hard! But, finding “sisters” online is always encouraging.
    Would love to win the book – enter me please! 🙂

  • Oh my – this book would be so wonderful to receive! I’ve been reading her blog and so encouraged through her! It would be such a help for me as well journey through being a pastors wife – and then the next level of church planting. We’ve been calle to do it – and are taking those steps of obedience; and I know this book has so much to offer 🙂

  • Thanks for commenting, everyone! I just drew Allison’s name from my ‘lil giveaway cup, so congrats to her and thanks to Christine for offering up a free copy of the book. You can all read Chapter 4 for free by going here:


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