New Book Argues for Sensitivity to Clergy’s Children

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It is unfair to hold children to the same standards as religious leaders, Anna Picard argues.

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The common perception of religious leaders is that they are a holy, selfless group of people who’ve dedicated their lives to service. Their children are often considered lucky to have such selfless parents. It should come as no surprise, then, given the commonplace indictments of religious leaders as criminally fallible as anyone else, that their children are not the paragons so often assumed. In “Daughter of a Preacher Man: A Road Less Travelled” (published by AuthorHouse), author and preacher’s daughter Anna Picard reveals the hardships faced by the children of religious leaders.

This brutally honest reflection provides insight to the conflicts that the children of ministers, pastors, religious clergy, deacons, and church leaders face. It challenges Christians to nurture the lives of these children without punishing judgments.

“I do not have a license in counseling, a degree in psychology or theology,” Picard says.
“I am not an elder or deacon in any church, nor do I hold office as a board member on any religious organization. I am not a minister, pastor or evangelist. I am neither an acclaimed author nor an authority of any kind. I am a preacher’s daughter.”

“I am the voice of a group that is easily misunderstood and even shunned,” she says. “We are the group that ‘should know better.’” The expectations placed on the children of religious leaders, Picard says, make life more difficult for them than it might otherwise be. Just as with any other group being unfairly judged, the children of religious leaders need advocacy.

“I was shocked at the spiritual, moral and emotional state of many ministers,” Picard says, “who stand behind their pulpits as ‘men of God’ and engage in so many undisclosed sins and promiscuity.” The sense of shock and betrayal that this behavior causes in their children is one of the unfair reactions Picard hopes to increase sensitivity toward.

About the Author
Anna Picard is the second child of parents who are preachers, the first girl among her siblings. She was one of the first in her family to face the challenges and rewards of being a preacher’s kid. Picard lives in New York with her husband and daughter, providing rehabilitative care to a geriatric population. In her spare time she writes songs, reads and indulges in a little writing. Her focus is on being the best mom she can be and caring for the sick and dying. The author penned this book after discovering that preachers' kids continue to be misunderstood, judged and persecuted.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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