"The Liberation of African-American Clergy Wives" Author, Dr. Phyllis E. Carter

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Dr. Phyllis E. Carter is an outstanding anointed Woman of God who has excelled as a Pastor’s wife, counselor, clergy person and as an educator who has embraced women across the country throughout her inner healing ministry for the past 35 years. She has authored, “The Pastor’s Rib and His Flock” and “The Silent Sufferers.”

The Liberation of African-American Clergy Wives

Read a passage from: Dr. Phyllis Carters’ "The Liberation of African-American Clergy Wives" The Psychic Cost of Ministry: Open Secrets – African American clergy wives across the country have maintained a perpetual silence to avoid expressing their unresolved pain and anger. Out of fear and neglect these unresolved anxieties have not been addressed. This project is designed to address the psychic cost of ministry, including family alienation, unexpressed anger and power imbalances. The power imbalances exist as a result of the patriarchal system within the church structure.

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Dr. Phyllis Carter has done a masterful job of naming and exploring the secret pain and shame of many women who are married to men w ho serve as clergy in Christian ministry. Her understanding of the emotional, psychological, and spiritual realities of women who live with troubled, insensitive and/or abusive preachers makes this book a “must-read” for clergy-wives, counselors, and clergy (men). This work will not only heal hurts; it will save lives. The Reverend Elaine McCollins Flake, D. Min., Co-Pastor

Greater Allen AME Cathedral, Jamaica, NY

Phyllis Carter has given us an “insider’s” view of clergy wives that many either deny, fail to recognize, or stolidly accept. With scholarly perception and personal insight, she exposes the pain and peril of clergy households while, with compassionate balance, providing a constructive foundation for celebrating the strength and promise of clergy wives. She offers words of honesty, help, hope and healing to many who are hurting silently. This text is a must read for those who seek authentic truth and liberation in the home and the church.

Dr. John W. Kinney, Dean & Professor of Theology

Virginia Union University – School of Theology

Few therapists and clergy persons have dared touch the secret matters of the heart that involve African-American clergy wives. Dr. Phyllis Carter has always been a maverick in addressing tough, intimate matters of clergy families. Her new book, “The Liberation of African-American Clergy Wives” is a powerful presentation that suggests African-American Clergy wives are coming “out of the closet” of shame, pain, isolation, and even segregation.

Dr. Wanda Davis-Turner, Pastor, New Birth – West

Founder and CEO of Calling First Ladies International, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

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