If you are trying to figure out what to give your pastor’s wife for Christmas, look no further than Nancy Wilson’s new book: True Companion: Thoughts on Being a Pastor’s Wife. Writing as an older woman (“And if I sound motherly, it’s because my husband has been a minister now for over three decades and I have a silver mine growing in my hair”), Nancy provides exactly the kind of biblical, practical, time and trial-tested advice that every young pastor’s wife needs. Her counsel comes verified by her godly character and thirty years of fruitful ministry to her husband, family, and local church.
If you are a pastor’s wife wondering how to figure out your role in the church and in women’s ministry (“take it slowly”), how to best help your husband (“Who takes care of him? Surprise answer: you do!”), how to handle friendships (“Everyone needs friends, and the minister’s wife is no exception.”) and trials in the church (“One thing a minister’s wife is going to need is thick skin.”), Nancy has written a series of brief essays that provide clarity and impart faith for your role. This is a book I wish I had when I first married a pastor around the same time as Nancy did. And it is a book that I will be handing out to many future pastor’s wives that pass through this seminary town. I pray and joyfully expect this book to bear much fruit in many marriages, homes, and churches for the glory of the gospel and advance of his kingdom.