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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Book Blog Tour Stop and Review - Pastors' Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen


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.


Here in Texas we have a slew of mega-churches, and their dynamics have always fascinated me. In her novel, "Pastors' Wives," author Lisa Takeuchi Cullen takes her readers deep into the heart of one of these huge religious organizations and examines the lives of three women who are the wives of the men who serve as the heads of these churches.

Cullen's characters are just mesmerizing. From Ruthie - the new associate pastor's wife; to Candace, the head pastor's wife and the power behind the "throne"; to Ginger, the daughter-in-law with the secret past - all of these women are unique and have their own quirks of identity, yet all of their stories blend together for a surprising ending.

I really enjoyed reading this book. My mother-in-law is a pastor's wife, albeit of a small country church and I could never imagine her being in some of the situations the characters from this novel find themselves in, but I know from listening to her stories over the years that she dealt with her own unique set of problems being a "P.W."

I highly recommend this book for fans of well-written contemporary inspirational fiction.  I'm looking forward to Lisa Cullen's next book!



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

Find out more about Lisa at http://lisacullen.com.

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!

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this tour and to Plume Books for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

1 comment:

Mystica said...

This sounds something like The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope which was an amazing book.