RENEWED: A 40-Day Devotional for Healing from Church Hurt and for Loving Well in Ministry

Illumination AwardMinistry is a privilege, but it can also be a painful experience. Unrealistic expectations, church conflict, forced resignations, and ourown struggles with burnout, loneliness, and insecurity can make church feel more like a place of wounding than a place of healing. How can wounded leaders find the courage to reject bitterness and keep loving the church?

Renewed is a forty-day devotional for women in ministry, ministry wives, and lay leaders who have been wounded by their congregations. You are not alone. God sees your pain. He knows your hurts. And he is waiting to bind up your broken heart. This forty-day journey into the healing love of Jesus will help you find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the church again.

What People are Saying

“Being in ministry can be a joy, but it can also bring about pain and loneliness. Leigh Powers, a pastor’s wife, shares from her heart with honesty and transparency about the struggles of being on a church staff. I found myself saying, ‘Yes, I’ve felt and thought those exact things.’ But, Leigh doesn’t just share about the struggles; she shares how to walk through those difficult times by being honest with God and allowing Him to heal the hurts that are inevitable in ministry. This is a must-have book for not only those in full-time ministry, but for every Christian.”

—Crickett Keeth, Director of Women’s Ministry at First Evangelical Church, author of The Gift of Rest, and co-author of Sumatra with the Seven Churches

“I absolutely love this book. Leigh is honest, candid, raw, and open. I don’t know a pastor’s wife anywhere who hasn’t been where she’s been. I also don’t know many who are bold enough to express their thoughts and feelings the way Leigh has expressed them. I love most that when Leigh struggled with her faith, she chose to press God rather than run away. As a pastor’s wife who’s had to learn to love the church over the long haul, I am grateful for this book!” 

—Leighann McCoy, pastor’s wife and author of Spiritual Warfare for WomenA Woman’s Guide to Hearing God’s Voice, and Taking Responsibility for the Choices We Make

“Practical, honest, down-to-earth, and inspirational. Those are the words I’d use to describe Leigh Powers’ book, RENEWED. I only wish it had been available when I was starting out two decades ago as a ministry leader and pastor’s wife! I highly recommend it as an encouraging and much-needed resource.”

—Dena Dyer, speaker, coach, and author/co-author of ten books including Love at First Fight: 52 Story-Based Meditations for Married Couples

About the Author

Leigh Powers is passionate about helping women find hope and healing in God’s Word. A pastor’s wife and mother of three with fifteen years of full-time ministry experience, she is a freelance writer, Bible study and devotional author, and a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She blogs regularly at and at You can usually find her with either a book or knitting needles in her hand—and sometimes both. 

Read an Excerpt:

Day 1: God, I don’t like you today.

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