Pastors’ Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen | iPad Mini Giveaway, Facebook Party, and Blog Tour

Welcome to the campaign launch for Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s debut novel, Pastors’ Wives (Plume). Cullen says, “My hope is that Pastors’ Wives will spark thought and conversation about the role of faith, love and duty in [readers] lives.Judging by the early reviews, Pastors’ Wives is doing just that. Colleen Coble says, “Cullen is a fabulous writer, and I was mesmerized by the women and their challenges. Faith never has easy answers, and I loved how she showed both sides of the Christian walk.” And Karen Spears Zacharias says, “… a stirring and humorous look beyond the secrets shrouding the mega-business that is church in America. Pastors’ Wives is a tender reminder that our ability to trust God is compromised when we can’t trust one another.Grab a copy of the book and join the conversation.

Lisa is celebrating the release of Pastors’ Wives with an iPad Mini Giveaway and connecting with readers on Facebook on May 23rd!

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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!

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{More about Pastors’ Wives}

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.

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

{More About Lisa Takeuchi Cullen}

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.

Press Kit

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Press Release

 

What’s it Like When the Man You Married is Married to God?

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s Debut Novel Looks Inside the Lives of Pastors’ Wives

Seattle: How would you react if one day, completely out of the blue, your husband told you he wanted to go into ministry? What’s it like when the man you married is married to God? These are the questions Lisa Takeuchi Cullen wrestles with in her debut novel, Pastors’ Wives (Plume/April 30, 2013/ISBN 978-0452298828/$16.00). Cullen tells the story of three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch — a world most of us know only from the outside.

Cullen passionately portrays the private lives of pastors’ wives, caught between the consuming demands of faith, marriage, duty and love. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a 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 charismatic husband. Ginger, married to Candace’s son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. When their lives collide during a fateful event that threatens the survival of all that is precious to them, each will ask herself: What is the price of loving a man of God? Each will answer that question in a different way.

The inspiration for Pastors’s Wives came to Cullen several years ago while working at Time magazine. Her editor assigned her a story on pastors’ wives and asked her to attend a pastors’ conference. Given her Catholic upbringing, Cullen had no idea of what to expect. What she found was that life as a pastor’s wife was much more complex than she ever could have imagined. Even after her story was published, the research didn’t end, nor did her relationships with the women she met along the way. However, she still wasn’t quite sure what she would write next.

Around this same time, the death of Lisa’s parents and other intense life changes lit in Lisa a profound need to reconcile her faith. Encouraged by her agent to use her reporting and experiences to write a novel, she set to work on Pastors’ Wives. Through the characters and their journeys in faith, Lisa examined her own. “Not everybody gets to process their faith through characters of their own creation, and I feel immensely blessed that I had Ruthie, Candace and Ginger to guide me,” Cullen reflects. “My journey continues; mine is an ongoing education. My hope is that Pastors’ Wives will spark thought and conversation about the role of faith, love and duty in your lives.”

This spring is an exciting time for Cullen. In addition to the release of Pastors’ Wives, she recently sold her TV pilot for The Ordained to CBS, and production is currently in process. “I wrote The Ordained right after I sold Pastors’ Wives. Clearly, the subject of faith was still on my mind. In the case of my TV pilot, what inspired me was my father’s story: What’s it like to start your life over as a man in your mid-30s?”

Join Lisa Takeuchi Cullen for her Facebook chat with readers on May 23 at 8:00 PM EDT. Watch Cullen’s Facebook Page for more details about the event and a social media giveaway.

Advance Praise

“As a journalist, I’ve been trying for a decade to help readers understand the emotional nuance and social complexity of life inside a megachurch.  Nothing I’ve read even comes close to Cullen’s shrewdly observed and utterly empathic writing in Pastors’ Wives. That said, by Chapter Two I had completely forgotten that I was reading fiction written by a crack reporter, I was too busy alternating between fits of laughter and multiple-Kleenex sobs.  I can’t stop thinking about what this book has to say about love, struggle, and commitment, not just to a faith, but to our families and our very selves.”

~ Lauren Sandler, author of Righteous

“Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s debut novel, Pastors’ Wives, offers readers a stirring and humorous look beyond the secrets shrouding the mega-business that is church in America. Pastors’ Wives is a tender reminder that our ability to trust God is compromised when we can’t trust one another.”

~ Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide?

“When I received Pastor’s Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, I had my guard up against stereotyped and caricatured portrayal. I was so wrong! Cullen, a former foreign correspondent and staff writer for TIME magazine, reveals a remarkable depth of truth and strength of character within the women of Pastor’s Wives. I was captivated by their stories, cheered them on as friends, and was terribly disappointed when it ended. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. This is a must read for everyone who attends a church.”

~ Ane Mulligan, Senior Editor of Novel Rocket

“I couldn’t put down Pastor’s Wives once I started. Cullen is a fabulous writer, and I was mesmerized by the women and their challenges. Faith never has easy answers, and I loved how she showed both sides of the Christian walk.”

~ Colleen Coble, best-selling author of Tidewater Inn and the Rock Harbor series, www.colleencoble.com

About the Author

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen was born and raised in Kobe, Japan. Her father was a Roman Catholic priest from Philadelphia, sent by his religious order to a provincial city in southern Japan where he met Cullen’s mother, the coddled daughter of a wealthy merchant. She converted, he left the priesthood to marry her, and it all caused quite the scandal. As if in penance, they raised the four children in strict devotion, never allowing them to miss a Mass or their turn at the dinner-table Bible reading.

As she was in the beginning stages of writing Pastors’ Wives, several intense life changes lit in her a profound need to reconcile her faith: the loss of her mother to cancer, her father’s death nine months later, the birth of her second child, and leaving her job as a staff writer at Time magazine. Cullen feels that in many ways writing Pastors’ Wives saved her. Through the characters and their journeys in faith, she was able to examine her own.

Cullen was a foreign correspondent and staff writer for Time magazine, covering social trends, news, arts and business in the U.S. and Asia. Her first book, Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death, was about the year she spent crashing funerals and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick. She now writes novels and develops television pilots. Pastors’ Wives is her first novel, and Lisa recently sold a pilot about a former priest who becomes a lawyer to CBS. Production on the first episode of The Ordained is now in production.  Cullen lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.

Learn more about Lisa Takeuchi Cullen and Pastors’ Wives at www.lisacullen.com. Readers can also friend Lisa on Facebook, become a fan on Lisa’s Facebook author page (LisaTakeuchiCullen), or follow her on Twitter (@LisaCullen). 

Suggested Interview Questions

A completed Q&A with Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s answers is available upon request.

~ How did the idea for Pastors’ Wives come about?

~ Why was the idea of a conference for pastors’ wives so intriguing to you?

~ How much of Pastors’ Wives is based on women you actually met?

~ What is the most interesting thing you discovered in researching either the original article you wrote or the book?

~ Tell us about the spiritual journey you embarked upon during the writing process.

~ If you were in Ruthie’s situation — your husband was suddenly called into ministry — do you think you would react in the same way?

~ Do you think megachurch pastors’ wives are often misunderstood? Do the stereotypes really fit the ones you have met?

~ Is there a spiritual message you hope readers walk away with after reading your book?

~ You have a background in journalism and have written for publications such as TIME. What made you decide to write a novel?

~ The release of Pastors’ Wives isn’t the only bit thing you have going on right now. What can you tell us about your new TV pilot?

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen is available for interviews to promote the release of Pastors’ Wives. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Buzz

Lisa’s interview with Publishers Weekly.

Read about Lisa’s pilot for CBS – The Ordained.

Advanced Reviews:

Cullen offers an insider’s look into the imperfect Christian life of a pastor’s wife, and the strain it can place on a marriage. Alternating points of view add to the depth and action and reinforce how the characters are connected. — Romantic Times

Lisa Takeuchi Cullen’s debut novel, Pastors’ Wives, offers readers a stirring and humorous look beyond the secrets shrouding the mega-business that is church in America. Pastors’ Wives is a tender reminder that our ability to trust God is compromised when we can’t trust one another. — Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? ‘Cause I Need More Room for my Plasma TV

When I received Pastor’s Wives by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, I had my guard up against stereotyped and caricatured portrayal. I was so wrong! Cullen, a former foreign correspondent and staff writer for TIME magazine, reveals a remarkable depth of truth and strength of character within the women of Pastor’s Wives. I was captivated by their stories, cheered them on as friends, and was terribly disappointed when it ended. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. This is a must read for everyone who attends a church.Ane Mulligan, Sr. editor Novel Rocket www.novelrocket.com

I couldn’t put down Pastor’s Wives once I started. Cullen is a fabulous writer, and I was mesmerized by the women and their challenges. Faith never has easy answers, and I loved how she showed both sides of the Christian walk. — Colleen Coble, author of Tidewater Inn and the Rock Harbor series

This isn’t necessarily a feel-good story; there are no easy answers, and readers who want their characters to be perfect – never swearing, never thinking unkind thoughts about others – may be disappointed. And some readers may be offended by some aspects of Greenleaf. However, Pastors’ Wives is a story with real depth and with likable characters who are trying to figure things out the best way they know how.Heather Adams, The Christian Manifesto

Reviews

  • “PASTORS’ WIVES” BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN

    Pastors’ Wives is amazingly well written. It’s a tightly-woven story of several families all connected to pastors and how they handle the pressures and stresses of always being the public specter, of how much of a leadership role they really play in their respective churches. The details spring each character to life and the large cast of characters keep the story interesting. The drama happening inside the church reads like a soap opera (as I imagine it often does in real life), and you won’t be bored with this story.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on May 23, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/622604238

  • PASTORS’ WIVES BOOK REVIEW

    Unexpected Plot:

    I could not believe where the author, Lisa Cullen, took us! It was exciting and also unexpected outcome for all three of these ladies! I loved how the turn out was…and all their struggles sort of came to a head and surprised me with the resolve. Though it always seems that something so big as a mega church needs something big as what happened to Candace’s husband, Aaron Green. I never imagined it would be that!

    Written by Sophie and Momma’s Family Blog on May 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://sophieandmomma.blogspot.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-book-review_20.html

  • PASTORS’ WIVES BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN

    Reading Pastors’ Wives is a little like watching Desperate Housewives.

    Just as you would not mistake Susan, Lynette, Gabby or Bree for ordinary, stay-at-home moms, you should not mistake Ginger, Candace or Ruthie as Christian role models who are typical or representative of evangelical women who are married to pastors.

    If you realize this going in and do not take the book seriously – if you approach the book purely for its entertainment value and don’t get hung up by any pre-conceived notions you might have based on the title – then you can sit back and enjoy the story.

    Lisa has done a skillful job of portraying these three fictional women and their personal struggles as women who are thrust in the public eye as a result of their husband’s role on the pulpit.

    Written by Create With Joy on May 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.create-with-joy.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-by-lisa-takeuchi-cullen.html

  • PASTOR’S WIVES BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN BOOK REVIEW & BLOG TOUR + WIN AN IPAD MINI

    I was interested in reading this book because I thought it had a different premise and wanted to get inside the heads and lives of pastors’ wives. I should mention that this book is not written by a Christian author or published by a Christian publishing company so there is a tiny bit of language and is not as squeaky clean as a Christian novel would be, but then I think some of that is the point. That pastors’ wives aren’t perfect and have many of their own struggles. I know that and it is good for us to realize that they are just normal people with husband’s who have an extraordinary calling which makes their calling to be married to these men pretty extraordinary.

    Written by Cristi’s Reviews on May 20, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://myproductreviews-cristi.blogspot.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-by-lisa-takeuchi-cullen.html

  • PASTORS’ WIVES BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN

    It is very well written and the story is engaging. Growing up in church, I have known women like each of the main characters in the story, and I know the pressures of being a pastor’s wife, because I’ve been one for 28 years.

    Written by A Peek At My Bookshelf on May 19, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://deenasbooks.blogspot.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-by-lisa-takeuchi-cullen.html

  • THIS WAS MORE DIFFICULT TO ENJOY THAN I EXPECTED.

    Not sure what to say about this book, but I’ll do my best to express my thoughts and opinion. The story had some touching scenes, especially around the death of Ruthy’s mother. At the same time, there were realistic doubts and conflicts between characters. I found that refreshing and honest. Everything wasn’t painted as rosy and perfect. That’s not real life. I never really connected with the characters, though. They felt shallow to me. I wanted to feel their pain and to connect with them. I understood their desire to run away at times and how they often felt abandoned by their husbands, but I never really “felt” a true connection with them. I wanted to relate to them like real people who could be my friends, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

    Written by Healing Hearts book review blog on May 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com/2013/05/litfuse-blog-tour-stop-for-pastors.html

  • BOOK BLOG TOUR STOP AND REVIEW – PASTORS’ WIVES BY LISA T. CULLEN

    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.

    Written by Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews on May 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.garden-of-books.com/2013/05/book-blog-tour-stop-and-review-pastors.html

  • PASTORS’ WIVES BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN

    I was super curious to read this book when offered and grabbed it right up. Being a PK since I was 7 & now a PW (pastors wife) I wondered if the author would portray a true to live view of pastors wives (yes, I realize this is a fiction book). I think Lisa has done a wonderful job portraying what SOME pastors wives are like. I love that she wrote from 3 POVs & I feel like Lisa is in no way belittling or ridiculing PWs. Wonderful writing style, really sucks you in.

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on May 18, 2013 | e

  • Pastor Wive’s was an intriguing look at the world of Mega Church wives. While fictional, there is always a little bit of truth in fiction, and this is seen in the this book. With themes such as insecurity, pride, being called to ministry and how to be the “perfect” ministry wife (is there actually such a thing?), I seriously loved this book.

    It had humorous and serious parts aplenty, but most importantly, I loved that the character’s were so real-to-life. I laughed with them, cried with them and in general, cheered them on.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on May 18, 2013 |e

  • PASTORS’ WIVES

    I thoroughly enjoyed Pastors’ Wives, and I definitely recommend it for sheer entertainment value. I could see this being a TV movie (this one’s totally in Lifetime’s wheelhouse). If you’re looking for a beach read this summer, this could be just the ticket.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on May 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2198RFTH61G3N/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • DIFFERENT…

    There are many types of churches. Pastor’s wives is the “soap” like story of a mega-(religious) business in which each of those in leadership is straining to climb their own Babelonian tower of success. I did enjoy the alternating chapter development of the 3 main characters. The author did present a fairly accurate mix of church in America…there are some who find true faith, forgiveness, hope and restoration in Jesus as the character Ginger. Some who remain somewhat (confused) or non-commital as Ruthie. Others who are “in” church for the personal benefit and power it offers. This book left me feeling sad that in our culture it is often hard to find the Biblical Jesus (even) at church.

    Written by In Wonder on May 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/ref=?ie=UTF8&action=preview

  • THIS BOOK IS REAL

    Real. That was the first word that came to mind when I finished this book. And actually when I was only about a quarter of the way through. Because it’s based on real interviews with pastor’s wives, this book reads equal parts expose and fully human. Each of the three main characters tells the story from her point of view so you feel like you get inside their heads and understand why they would make the choices they do.

    Having grown up in the church I can imagine some of the stress placed on the pastor’s wife, being a very visible figure in the church, but I definitely can’t imagine having to be in that position. I think perhaps this book, while a fascinating read, will also help us have a little more empathy for the fact that they are people just like us.

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on May 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.welcometomarriedlife.com/2013/05/book-pastors-wives.html

  • A PASTOR’S DAUGHTER’S VIEW

    Pastors’ Wives is a good story; but there are parts of the book that evangelical Christians may not agree with. Anyone interested in how mega churches really work will find the book fascinating. Cullen does an excellent job developing the characters of the pastor’s wives, from super-perfect Candace, to free spirit Ruthie, and to insecure Ginger.

    I do recommend this book. I believe it raises important issues that need to be examined.

    Written by Manifest Blog on May 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R4JPEN2DLKTN0/

  • THE PRICE OF LOVING A MAN OF GOD

    I was intrigued by the way the story played out. I kept waiting for one of the women to turn out to be ‘bad’ or lose her faith or trash the church, but it was much more real than that. It was about three women who loved their husbands and struggled at various levels with exactly what that is supposed to look like when the husband is part of the face of a church. Ruthie’s story in particular was interesting for me in the fact that she didn’t marry into the ministry, so to speak, but was taken into it as a not so willing participant.

    Written by For What It’s Worth on May 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://quiet-rebel.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-price-of-loving-man-of-god.html

  • GOOD BOOK

    I loved the authors writing and I did love the characters in this book.

    Written by The World As I See It on May 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/p2QBOK-1km

  • BOOK REVIEW: “PASTORS’ WIVES” BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN

    Instead, Pastors’ Wives is a well-written tale of women, defined by their husbands, trying to find their own way in the world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a story with real women going through real struggles.

    Written by West Metro Mommy on May 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://westmetromommy.blogspot.com/2013/05/book-review-pastors-wives-by-lisa.html

  • Overall, I felt this book took an amazing approach to the story. I know next to nothing about those mega churches, and this was a very interesting look into that world. It pointed out flaws and strengths of this system. I appreciated the open approach. I could easily see the appeal of someone like Aaron Green. Incredibly open-minded and charismatic, he still managed to be humble in his life.

    Written by A Casual Reader’s Blog on May 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://ellsey.blogspot.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-blog-tour.html

  • REALISTIC AND FUNNY!

    I really enjoyed this book. This is Lisa’s debut book and I think she did a fantastic job. While this book isn’t necessarily an inspirational Christian novel, I think it has a great story line. There is not anything that I found to be offensive and many of the trials these women go through are exactly how it is in real life. Pastor’s and their wives are normal people just like everyone else, and while everything might look good on the outside, this book takes you behind closed doors.

    If you are looking for a light fun read, I highly recommend Pastors’ Wives!

    “I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review”.

    Written by I Hope You Dance on May 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R19E3MI2SV22RX/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • GRIPPING AND GRITTY

    I would have to say that the book is very well written. Cullen’s characters are well developed and very shortly into the book you feel like you know these women. I like how Cullen shared the story from all three women’s perspective. She rotates the story from chapter to chapter from each vantage point, but the story flows well. I also thought she did an exceptional job of filling the reader in on the backstory of each woman and did so fluently.

    Written by Jennifer McIlwain on May 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AG8L0K3H4O50T?ie=UTF8&ref_=cm_cr_thx_pdp

  • This book weaves together three womens’ lives around a church. They each tell a different story. They each have differences in their marriages, with children, in their personalities and in their walks with God. We can each relate to one of them or some parts of each of them. That makes this story so relatable. There is drama, love, romance, Christianity and life in general.

    Written by All Meant To Shine on May 13, 2013 | e

  • PASTORS’ WIVES

    As one of those “Pastors’ Wives” I found the book to be a most realistic portrayal of three very different women whose lives intertwine as pastors’ wives in a huge Evangelical in the South. Each of the women struggles with personal challenges in their lives and it was quite amazing to watch them change into the women they were called to become as they learn about themselves and their public vs private lives. The book is written in the alternating perspectives of three pastors’ wives and the reader follows Ginger, Ruthie, and Candace as they learn their roles in the ministry of their husband. The struggles these three women face as they deal with issues of faith, identity, and responsibilities is well portrayed by Cullens in her debut novel. She has quite a grasp on the subject and knows these women personally(even though they are fictional). This story had me from the very beginning. The inner workings of a huge church were intriguing and as a pastors’ wife in a small church the similarities were glaring. The author did an amazing job of portraying the women as normal, with all their flaws and personal issues. This book is one of those that I just couldn’t put down. I was so enamored with the characters and their situations and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. So many times the congregation and communities think of Pastors’ and their wives as super human instead of just human. Believe me, we do make mistakes just like the rest of the world This is a terrific read and I highly recommend it!

    Written by Karen’s Korner on May 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com

  • REVIEW:PASTOR’S WIVES

    This book gets down to the nuts&bolts of a pastor wife. Women that successfully stand by their husband not only through thick&thin. But also through the sometimes begrudging task of being the lady behind the scenes.

    Written by A Simple Life,really?! on May 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/2013/04/litfuse-reviewpastors-wives-bylisa.html

  • PASTOR’S WIVES

    This is a great book. It is about something not written about often in fiction. The behind the scenes of a pastors wife. I was hooked from the beginning and really liked all the characters. A great first novel by this author.

    Written by Hanging Off The Wire on May 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.hangingoffthewire.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-blog-tour.html

  • PASTORS’ WIVES

    I have been a preacher’s wife and I know how it affected my life, but I’ve neither been part of or even attended a mega church. Therefore, I can’t really relate much of my experience with this book. I would hate to think this is what it’s like “backstage” in these churches.

    Written by sunny island breezes on May 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1R5OFZZ0HCVYK/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0452298822&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • PASTOR’S WIVES

    Pastor’s wives are real people too. They are thrust in the spotlight after their husband stands behind the podium, they are judged on how they raise their kids, evaluated on how they handle difficult situations and are expected to remain godly when their husband is attacked.

    Pastor’s Wives made me laugh out loud and it was an enjoyable read, but it is a book of fiction. One thing I believe Pastor’s Wives does well, is point out how hard it is to be the woman behind the pastor.

    Written by Lori’s Book Reviews on May 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://lorisbookreviews.com/pastors-wives-by-lisa-takeuchi-cullen/

  • BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: PASTORS WIVES BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN (EXTRA GIVEAWAY TOO!)

    The story starts off a little slow but quickly takes root like the Magnolia tree, and winds itself around your heart. You will feel for all the wives and the stresses they have and how they strive to rise (or not rise as it may be) above them. It is an interesting read and I gifted a copy to my pastor’s wife, and she said the same-”happy that it shows us as human, and how many pitfalls can come upon us, but there are different types based on the size of the congregation, and this book was a good starting point”.

    The book will definitely help you to see your pastor’s wife in a new light, and an enjoyable Summer read.

    Written by bless their hearts mom on May 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0452298822/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

  • PASTORS’ WIVES BOOK REVIEW

    This book is not what I expected, but I’m not sure exactly what that was. I have mixed views on it: some things I really liked; others, not so much. I like how the book doesn’t tie everything up in neat packages but shows it like real life, with issues that still need to be worked on between some of the characters. Also, when two characters are faced with the opportunity to have an affair, they both choose not to and to keep their marriage vows. Items I did not like in this novel: Ruthie often compares Catholicism to Protestant/Evangelicalism with the later often losing out even though she doesn’t practice either one on a regular basis.

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on May 10, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Pastors-Wives-Lisa-Takeuchi-Cullen/product-reviews/0452298822/ref=cm_cr_pr_top_recent?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

  • PASTORS WIVES BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN

    Pastors’ Wives deals with the lives of 3 women, two who went into marriage knowing they would be a pastors’ wife, and one having no idea she would end up one.

    I loved the 3 different perspectives the 3 different woman brought to the topic of being a wife of a pastor. I loved the honest look at the women’s backgrounds and attitudes. The author did not give each woman a background of roses in which to grow from and I thought that brought a level of depth to the book.

    Written by Snail Pace Transformations on May 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://snailpacetransformations.com/2013/05/10/pastors-wives-by-lisa-takeuchi-cullen/

  • A LOOK INSIDE THE LIVES OF PASTORS’ WIVES

    This book is a novel; however I have endured many of the same struggles in the lives of my friends that are pastors’ wives. I believe that the author has a very real portrayal into the challenges of being a pastor’s wife. She shows the good, the bad, the insecure and the judgmental in all three of these characters.

    Just when you think you know what is going to happen in Pastors’ Wives, the author throws in a curve ball and all the pastors’ wives lives are changed.

    Written by The IE Mommy on May 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2V6FP4KDUHGD8

  • “PASTORS’ WIVES” IPAD MINI GIVEAWAY AND FACEBOOK PARTY WITH @LISACULLEN! {5/23}

    This is a very interesting story. I don’t think I would want to be a pastor’s wife or daughter. From seeing the show Preacher’s Daughters to reading this book. I think these people have their work cut out for them. This book is about three very different women. This book is never predictable and was very good.

    Written by The Witchy Contessa on May 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.witchycontessa.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-ipad-mini-giveaway-and.html

  • FABULOUS!

    This is a fabulous book that allows you in the private lives of three women. It is as if you have permission to see behind the veil in to their private lives, thoughts, past and struggles. Albeit, this is s fiction book, Lisa does a great job of showing the human side of people in ministry.

    Written by Happy Four on May 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://happyfour.blogspot.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-by-lisa-takeuchi-cullen.html

  • #BOOK REVIEW “PASTORS’ WIVES” IPAD MINI GIVEAWAY AND FACEBOOK PARTY WITH@LISACULLEN! {5/23} @LITFUSE

    First, just let me make this clear. This is not, technically, Christian fiction, but fiction with a religious theme. Not a negative, you understand, but I just want potential readers to understand before they start reading. The characters are a little more realistic than you would find in Christian fiction, with real struggles and problems that are not always addressed in typical religious genres. Combine that with a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of those in the ministry, and you have a fascinating, if possibly controversial, novel.

    Just like the novel, pastors’ wives are real people with the same problems we all face. The novel brings these struggles to light. Overall, a fascinating look at a subject not often explored.

    Written by THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK on May 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RQW7YCT9X5Z0/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0452298822&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • PASTORS’ WIVES BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN A BOOK REVIEW

    When I read Pastors’ Wives it was nice to see that everyone has obstacles at they have to overcome even if their husband is a man who has answered a calling to serve in another state, and start a whole new life. I give this book a 5/5 and will be waiting for another book by this author.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on May 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-by-lisa-takeuchi-book.html

  • INTERESTING BOOK

    This book was enjoyable. I fell in love with these women and hated it when the book ended. I had laugh-out-loud moments and moments when I had a tear in my eye. Don’t you love a book that pulls you in emotionally because you care about the characters so much?

    A lot of the situations that leaders go through in this book are very real. I think it was excellent how she showed what happens “behind the scenes” at many of our churches. I really liked how she shows the flaws that so many of us have. I really enjoyed the humor and it really is a very well written book. There were a few things that hit my conservative nerve in the wrong way, however, since this is not really your typical Christian book, it’s rather expected.

    Written by Julie @ More of Him on May 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.moreofhim.net/2013/05/book-review-pastors-wives.html

  • PASTORS’ WIVES

    Even though this novel is about a church and the women who “run” behind the scenes, it was not an in-your-face introduction to God, but a much more subtle unwrapping of how He is uniquely embraced by unique individuals.

    Written by Braveheart: Tales from the Front Lines on May 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://beckydoughty.com/2013/05/07/pastors-wives-ipad-mini-giveaway-and-facebook-party-with-lisacullen-523/

  • A PASTOR’S WIFE’S TAKE ON PASTORS’ WIVES

    It’s obviously a fictionalized account of life as a pastor’s wife, but when it comes to the basics, Cullen does a good job of capturing the unique challenges faced by the families of those in full-time Christian ministry. I read the entire book in two days. I didn’t want to put it down. It’s kinda like a “Real Housewives of the Mega Church” – there’s plenty of drama, and the plot and characters hook you in right from the beginning.

    Written by Mommy’s Minute on May 5, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://mommys-minute.blogspot.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-by-lisa-takeuchi-cullen.html

  • AUTHOR LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN OFFERS REALITY AS FICTION IN HER DEBUT NOVEL, PASTORS’ WIVES

    Excerpt:

    What pulled me in to this book was Cullen’s exclusive look into the usually well-hidden personal lives of this sect of women; however, what kept me turning pages was Cullen’s extremely funny prose and wit. Her descriptions, detail, and emotionally gripping characters were excellent.

    I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes to read human interest stories in magazines such as Time or Newsweek, or those that like biographies, contemporary cultural fiction, or humor. You don’t have to be a Christian to read this book, because this book is not about making you religious. This book is for anyone who likes a dose of reality TV, just this time it happens to be Pastor’s Wives.

    Written by Oh, for the Hook of a Book! on May 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://hookofabook.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/author-lisa-takeuchi-cullen-offers-reality-as-fiction-in-her-debut-novel-pastors-wives/

  • PASTOR’S WIVES BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN

    I’ve never been a pastor’s wife but I have been involved in Protestant churches all my life (including being on church boards) and I think Lisa has gotten it right. Her fictional account of three pastor’s wives gives a realistic view of the challenges they face. Their lives are not all neat and pretty, even though people want that appearance. I am impressed with this debut and look forward to more from Lisa.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on May 3, 2013 | e
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  • PASTORS’ WIVES BY LISA TAKEUCHI CULLEN

    Pastors’ Wives is a realistic portrayal of three very different women whose lives intertwine as pastors’ wives in an Evangelical megachurch in the Atlanta suburb of Magnolia. As each of the women struggle with personal challenges in their lives, they evolve into their own true selves as they learn to juggle the demands of living a public life of religious service with the demands in their private life.

    This is a story that will captivate the reader’s attention from the start, you can’t help but be intrigued by the inner workings of the megachurch ministry, and the behind the scenes supporting role as a pastor’s wife. Pastors’ Wives is a thoughtful, compelling and thoroughly enjoyable read.

    Written by Jersey Girl Book Reviews on May 2, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/05/pastors-wives-by-lisa-takeuchi-cullen.html

  • PASTOR’S WIVES

    This book was not what I expected. I am not sure what I expected, but it was not this!! Ruthie, Candace, and Ginger are our main pastor’s wives, but there are others sprinkled throughout the book.

    What I didn’t expect was the laugh out loud moments in here! I loved that! It was filled with heavy topics, but had lighter jokes interspersed throughout that made them easier to read…….

    Written by Homeschooling4boyz on May 2, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://homeschooling4boyz.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/pastors-wives-by-lisa-takeuchi-cullen/

  • “PASTORS’ WIVES” IPAD MINI GIVEAWAY AND FACEBOOK PARTY WITH @LISACULLEN! {5/23}

    This book is one of those that I just couldn’t put down. I was so enamored with the characters and their situations and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. This book was so juicy and entertaining yet really enlightening. I think so often we think of Pastor’s and their wives as super human instead of just human. They make mistakes just like the rest of us, they just do it with an audience. I cannot begin to imagine the pressure. The three ladies in this book were dynamic, interesting and real. They are going through struggles that many of us can and will relate to yet it is even more dynamic in their situations. This is a terrific read and I highly recommend it!

    Written by Buzz4Mommies on May 2, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R360QXFX185BAJ

  • MAY BOOK REVIEWS

    This book was so real, funny and sad all in one! I know alot of Pastors’ Wives and this book could sum up a little bit of what they go through in certain expects! You think that the first lady of the church is all together but she also has problems that cant be shown on the outside, problems in marriage, self and everyday life!

    Written by Pamela’s Heavenly Treats on April 26, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://pamelasheavenlytreats.blogspot.com/2013/04/may-book-reviews.html