Religion: Mrs. Minister's Troubles

"Every meeting of preachers brings word of another minister's wife who is on the brink of a mental and emotional collapse," reports an article in the Texas religious weekly, The Baptist Standard. Among the reasons: "The stresses and strains are enough to stagger an Amazon . . . Most ministers' wives have never heard a divine call, they have simply married men who have." They lead an "inexorable fishbowl existence," in which they are expected to be leaders and models in all fields. "Summarily stated, being a preacher's wife is the hardest of Kingdom positions."

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