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The Church Planting Wife: Help and Hope for Her Heart

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"Nothing in my life goes untouched by my husband’s calling."

Christine Hoover’s words in the first chapter describe so well the life of a church planter’s wife, which is enormously difficult yet extraordinarily rewarding. To be married to a church planter is a calling of its own with a richness of its own.

In The Church Planting Wife, Hoover explores and encourages the heart
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Moody Publishers (first published November 21st 2012)
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Kyle Hoover
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not biased or anything....
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Let me start out by noting that I am not a church planting wife but I am a pastor’s wife. My friend who is a church planting wife told me about it and so I applied for an advance copy because I’ve never read anything about being a wife of a minister and the idea intrigued me.

I’m very grateful to have learned about this book because it was a wonderful refresher and reminder as to what my role as a pastor’s wife is. When our husbands attend seminary, there is no course we take to prepare us as sp
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and found it helpful. It uses specific language for church planting wives, which may be hard for some to look past, but it does offer a lot of truth and insight for any woman in ministry, and also truths for Christians in general. I appreciate the author’s honesty through her struggles and also her encouragement through the Word. I would definitely recommend this book.
Celeste Lumsden
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good advice and encouragement for women who serve with their husbands in any ministry, not just church planting. My favorite chapters (the dependent heart and the connecting heart) focused on dependence upon God in every situation and building lasting friendships with others.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such an insightful book for me in this stage of my life. My husband and I are currently on deputation, raising support for church planting. While technically, I'm not a church planting wife (just yet) we are making moves in that direction. It was so interesting to be able to read about church planting from a WIFE'S perspective. Each and every chapter was about a certain aspect that a church planting wife will inevitably face - fear, discouragement, criticism, etc.

I loved the "interview
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I'm not a church planter's wife.
I am an elder's wife at a church plant that we have been a part of since basically the beginning. Also, 8 years prior to joining the church plant, my husband and I moved 2000 miles away from home and family to be working missionaries in an area all but devoid of sound Biblical doctrine. So, I'm not completely out of the target audience either.

While, the interview portions of the book were helpful and there was a lot of great stuff in this book,
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
So relatable and convicting in many areas. I still have SO much to learn as a "Church Planters Wife." I should probably just keep reading this one over and over again. 🙃
Annie B.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book written by someone in the trenches! I appreciate Christine's transparency and vulnerability about this subject; great book that every church planter's wife should read!
I've had this book on kindle, waiting to be read, since October 2013 - I did start it and just couldn't settle to connect with the content - and this month was the perfect time for me to read it: God knew I was in the right space to be encouraged by the encouragement and find positive self-analysis in the more challenging portions.

This is not just a book for church planting wives, women in or around those in a ministry/ Christian serving role, or who is a Christian home educating mum, could
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book certainly applies to the pastor's wife who isn't a church planter. I'm still growing into my new role as fully invested pastor's wife (as opposed to full time English teacher) and I found much in this book to ease that transition. I enjoyed her reminders about hospitality and being willing to display your mess for the sale of welcoming others in. My husband echoes her sentiments heartily whenever I start freaking out about having ppl over.

Overall I did not love it, though. Probably pa
Caroline Saunders
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Christine is right on the mark. Like right on the mark. Christine's wisdom is solid, precise, and relevant--so relevant that it's almost a shame that the book is geared for the church-planting wife. Christine approached each topic with a humility that really touched my hardened, cynical heart. She makes it clear that she's going through these struggles with her readers.

Bottom line: The Church Planting Wife is scripturally based, full of hope and wisdom (some of which is from interview with other
Kristin Bush
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was actually okay. I didn't know what to expect from this book or even if I would be able to relate. The book is literally about it's title, the wife of a church planter. Christine Hoover kind of takes you into the heart and mind of this wife, giving you a glimpse of how stressful it can be and then just how rewarding it can be as well. I rank it in the middle because its more of a memoir than it is an actual story.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I would recommend this book to wives of church planters and even to those who plan to venture into any new ministry arena (missions, starting a new ministry within a church, revitalizing a ministry).

While I recommend this book, it's still vital to remember that it reflects one person's experience and wisdom. Be sure not to make laws for yourself or even set your expectations based on Christine's experience. (I'm sure she'd agree with that.) Your final authority must be God's word.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have ever read. The title is misleading, making it seem only appropriate for a pastor's wife or church planter. I have suggested it to every woman/ministry spouse on our staff to read. It applies to all women who desire to keep God first in their ministry to Him.
Jacqueline James
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thoughtful and deep. Fairly specific to church-planting, but useful for other ministry contexts. All the interviews were with wives of church-planters at large churches....might have been more broadly useful to have included a few from folks at smaller churches.
Kaitlyn Cotnoir
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even though I'm not a church planting wife or even a pastor's wife, I found this book so beneficial after being in ministry and having burnt out. I really connected with a lot of the struggles she speaks to. I would recommend it to any woman in ministry!
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed navigating this book with two friends who's husbands feel called to church planting. Even though we do not feel that call there was so much application for me just as a church leaders wife and friend to these women.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Highly suggest this to wives whose husbands are in any ministry capacity. I've found this so helpful in encouraging my husband and supporting him in the calling God placed on his life.
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
this is a very gospel centered read. great read anytime doubt is in the air or questions of direction. lots of biblical mandates to steer you in the right direction.
Rachel Ann
Jan 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Slow to start but Christine does a decent job of honestly sharing the struggles that come with the blurred lines of work and family life in ministry. A quick read- finished this one in one day.
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An encouraging book filled with real-life experiences, uplifting words of advice and great wisdom. A 5 day read! It has been a blessing to me : )
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
An amazingly helpful book for those in ministry about the challenges and blessings of starting something new.
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Christine Hoover is a church planting pastor's wife and mom to three boys. Aside from being an author and blogger (, she has contributed to Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, iBelieve, Send Network, and Incourage. ...more

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“God allowed the difficulty of church planting to sift me, to bring the issues of my heart to the surface. I realized that if I didn’t address these things, my marriage, my family, and my own heart were in danger. God was refining me, cleaning me out, and teaching me dependence rather than self-reliance. I could continue my attempts at controlling and relying on myself, or I could submit myself in dependence on Him.” 2 likes
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