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One With a Shepherd: The Fears and Triumphs of a Ministry Marriage (Somerville)

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Kress Christian Publications

One with a Shepherd is a wealth of God's wisdom and grace for the wife of a man in ministry. It is biblical, practical and personal. Whether one has been a pastor's wife for some time, or is just starting out, this book will serve as a faithful friend in equipping and encouraging the minister's wife in her quest to exalt Christ and have joy in the journey.

Table of Contents:

  1. Understanding Our Role
  2. Dealing with the Physical Demands of Ministry
  3. Handling the Spiritual and Emotional Burdens of Ministry
  4. Not Falling Prey to the Success Syndrome
  5. Overcoming the Hurts That People Inflict
  6. Coping with Loneliness
  7. Living by the Model for the Ministry Marriage
  8. Maintaining the Ministry Marriage
  9. Being the Ministry Mom
  10. Attacking the Problem of Rebellious Children
  11. Being One in Purpose
  12. Exercising Hospitality
  13. Managing the Money
  14. Taking the Opportunity to Disciple Women
  15. Taking the Privilege to Counsel Women
  16. Living in the Place of Honor, Love, and Reward 



Mary Somerville (M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) has 35 years experience as a pastor’s wife. In that role she has been her husband Bob’s chief encourager as he has shepherded two Evangelical Free churches—one in New Jersey and one in California. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.



"Every woman married to a man in public ministry should read and heed this wise counsel." -- Jeanne Hendricks (wife of Howard Hendricks)

"As a shepherd's wife of 38 years, I am thrilled to recommend this book to ministry wives, young and old." -- Dr. Elizabeth Inrig, National Director, Women's Ministries, Evangelical Free Church of America