A universal story, Woman In The Pulpit is reaching around the globe.
I’m excited to announce that book readers in Ireland are reading Woman In The Pulpit!
Several months ago I became aware of the global reach of Woman In The Pulpit. However, lately the news from Ireland has been wonderful. With the use of words like ‘timely’ & ‘powerful’ by readers, Ireland is another country added to the global reach of this book. It is heartening to hear that Grace’s story is touching women in ministry in countries far and near.
Woman In The Pulpit tells the story of Rev. Dr. Grace Alexander, a recent seminary graduate. It follows her during her first year as a Senior Pastor as she becomes accustomed to the political terrain in the world of ministry. She sets her own path in the face of opposition by the all male Ministerial Alliance. Even in the face of tragedy, Grace holds on to her faith in God.
A universal story, Woman In The Pulpit is reaching around the globe. Read Woman In The Pulpit and see why it strikes a chord in the hearts of readers.
I am delighted to learn that Woman In The Pulpit is popular among Canadian readers. Women in ministry, church groups, and book clubs are discovering Woman In The Pulpit. It is heartwarming to learn that women beyond the borders of the United States can identify with Grace Alexander and her painful experiences as she seeks acceptance through her work in ministry.
Fresh out of seminary, Grace returns to her hometown anxious to try out the new forms of ministry she has learned. But welcome arms are not out to greet her. She navigates the terrain, steps in potholes, hits curves, and battles diabolical forces.
Thomas Haliburton, leader of the Ministerial Alliance, is not ready for the new pastor in town. He vows to do everything in his power to thwart Grace’s efforts.
Enter Clyde Williams, who is engaged to Haliburton’s daughter. Clyde doesn’t believe women should be ministers, and certainly not pastors, until he meets Grace.
A major scandal involving Grace threatens to tear apart the town. Now Clyde has to decide whose side he is on.
Woman In The Pulpit is truly global. Readers in Canada are saying great things about the book. I hope you’ll check it out and share it with your friends.
It’s Not An Easy Road For Women In Ministry
Woman In The Pulpit, a novel by Margaree Mitchell, explores the world of female pastors. Grace Alexander, fresh out of seminary, arrives in Piney Woods, Tennessee bent on changing things in the staid community. But Thomas Haliburton and the male Ministerial Alliance believe that women should not be pastors. They do everything in their power to make sure Grace comes to realize that she is not pastor material.
Grace, who is Boston seminary educated, is anxious to apply the new forms of ministry she learned in school. However, Haliburton is not having it. He has stopped every progressive move in town and he is determined to stop Grace.
Grace challenges the ministers and their positions. She knows she has been called to preach and to pastor. She determines that nothing will keep her from her calling, not even a tragedy that causes the church to schedule a vote to recall her as pastor.
Mitchell wrote the novel after listening to friends talk about their experiences in ministry. “I have several friends and family members who are ministers and pastors. A week does not go by without one or more painfully sharing a story about their treatment as they try to carry out their calling. Many of those stories center around mistreatment and negative attitudes towards them by male ministers,” says Mitchell.
Woman In The Pulpit explores issues facing women pastors such as handling rumors, responding to a lack of respect as a woman pastor, not being taken seriously, underhandedness, dating and other challenges.
“As each person talked I saw commonalities in each story,” Mitchell says. “I tried to capture the little things, the little attitudes that if left unchecked can lead to bigger issues.”
And bigger issues do occur. A tragedy after an event for teens causes the town to turn against the new woman pastor. Racing against time, Grace tries to get to the bottom of what happened before she is run out-of-town.
Before publishing the book, the publisher convened a focus group of female pastors. There were tears, hugs, cheers. They totally identified with Grace Alexander. And all had thorns in their sides like Thomas Haliburton. They left the group knowing that other women in ministry share similar challenges.
Because of such positive reaction, Mitchell has decided to make Woman In The Pulpit a series. “There are many more stories to be told,” she says. She is at work on the next Woman In The Pulpit book.
Woman In The Pulpit is available wherever eBooks are sold.