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Ministers' Wives

Author: Mrs. James Martin
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Publish Date: 1886

What a subject for the pen of a minister's wife-ministers' wives as they have been, as they are, and as they ought to be! Mrs. Martin's book will be widely read and highly commended or sharply condemned, according as the readers see reflections of or reflections upon themselves in the sketches which the authoress has graphically drawn. Her heroine, or model minister's wife, was a keeper at home, except during the hours of divine service; and her great aim in life was to train up her children in the fear of the Lord, to do all in her power to keep her husband well and happy and in good trim for his work; and to visit the sick and the bereaved in the hour of their sorest need. We trust that this description applies to a goodly number of the sisters who, as Mrs. Martin puts it, "have been chosen in wedlock by a good minister of Jesus Christ." It is to be hoped that there are very few like the "active minister's wife," whose children were allowed to go to ruin while their mother was presiding at sewing societies, where the ladies made knickerbockers for nigger-boys; or forming committees for providing soap and towels for the shoe blacks, who would use the towels instead of blacking brushes; or making up nice little parcels of food for the white mice kept by the orphan-grinders! The ideal portrait of "the delicate minister's wife" must surely be a caricature. She is too ill to go to the house of God, she leaves her own house (she has no home) in charge of servants, and her time is spent either in bed, reading three volume novels, or at concerts, theatres, dinner parties, or various worldly amusements! Not approving of all that is here said, we consider this book will be very helpful to those who are, or are likely to be minister's wives, and we advise them to get it for themselves if some kind friend does not make them a present of it.