Warm, witty and achingly honest, The Minister's Wife is a memoir in essays on choosing to belong.

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In this winsome memoir, Karen Stiller hospitably welcomes us into her life as a minister’s wife, courageously revealing struggles and challenges all of us will recognize, even if we don’t live in similar fishbowls of scrutiny. With humor and transparency, Karen names aloud the kinds of thoughts, doubts, and failures we’re often reluctant to confess, and she gently reminds us that we share this ordinary and rare, messy and grace-filled life together. What a gift.
SHARON GARLOUGH BROWN, author of the Sensible Shoes and Shades of Light series
Tamara Hill Murphy

"I’m struck by the quiet revelation of Stiller’s book. This is the kind of truth we need to celebrate. In old Bible language, you might describe the book as honest, virtuous, and lovely. It has the added bonus of making ministers and their spouses not sound more spiritual than Jesus."

Tamara Hill Murphy

The Englewood Review of Books
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"Honest. Realistic. Heartwarming and encouraging. You will laugh and cry and identify with Karen Stiller in her walk with Jesus as The Minister’s Wife"

Charleen Anderson

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"Transparent and vulnerable, funny and wise, uplifting and moving, it is a joy to read. If you are a minister’s wife or a minister, you will see yourself in the pages of this book."

Ken and Sakiko Shigematsu

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"Karen Stiller has written exquisitely and powerfully about life. Her honesty will both surprise and encourage you and you will be refreshed by her lack of platitude or cliché or religious jargon."

Gordon T. Smith

Mark and Cheryl Buchanan

"Mark and I laughed, sighed, and sometimes cringed as we, through Karen’s vivid stories, relived many of our own experiences in pastoral ministry."

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"Well-written and captivating, Karen answers many questions that will help others see ministry as more beautiful than brutal."

Margaret Gibb

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"Karen Stiller skillfully and wholeheartedly draws the reader into her day to day experiences, pointing always to trust God to lead and carry us."

Alison Beach

Warm, witty and achingly honest, The Minister's Wife is a memoir in essays on choosing to belong.

The Minister's Wife HI RES
In this winsome memoir, Karen Stiller hospitably welcomes us into her life as a minister’s wife, courageously revealing struggles and challenges all of us will recognize, even if we don’t live in similar fishbowls of scrutiny. With humor and transparency, Karen names aloud the kinds of thoughts, doubts, and failures we’re often reluctant to confess, and she gently reminds us that we share this ordinary and rare, messy and grace-filled life together. What a gift.”  – SHARON GARLOUGH BROWN, author of the Sensible Shoes and Shades of Light series
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Karen Stiller is author of The Minister's Wife: a memoir of faith, doubt, friendship, loneliness, forgiveness and more, and co-author of Craft, Cost & Call: How to Build a Life as a Christian Writer. She is a writer whose work has appeared in Reader's Digest, The Walrus, Ekstatis, Christianity Today, and many other publications. She is a senior editor of the Canadian magazine Faith Today and hosts the Faith Today Podcast, where she has interviewed thinkers, leaders and writers like Kate Bowler, Philip Yancey, Ann Voskamp, Scott Erickson and many more tellers of important stories. Karen's work has taken her to South Sudan, Uganda, Senegal, Cambodia and across North America, reporting on stories that are from the Church and of the Church. She has moderated the Religion and Society Series at the University of Toronto, a debate between leading atheists and theologians. Karen loves to teach writing and coach and mentor writers on the journey. She and her husband, Brent, a priest with the Anglican Church, live in Ottawa, Canada and have three adult children and a big dog named Dewey.

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