What We Are Reading Today: The Preacher’s Wife by Kate Bowler

Updated 09 October 2019

What We Are Reading Today: The Preacher’s Wife by Kate Bowler

  • Many women have carved out unofficial positions of power in their husbands’ spiritual empires

Since the 1970s, an important new figure has appeared on the center stage of American evangelicalism — the celebrity preacher’s wife. 

Although most evangelical traditions bar women from ordained ministry, many women have carved out unofficial positions of power in their husbands’ spiritual empires or their own ministries. 

The biggest stars — such as Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, and Victoria Osteen — write bestselling books, grab high ratings on Christian television, and even preach.

In this engaging book, Kate Bowler, an acclaimed historian of religion and the author of the bestselling memoir Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved, offers a sympathetic and revealing portrait of megachurch women celebrities, showing how they must balance the demands of celebrity culture and conservative, male-dominated faiths, according to a review on the Princeton University Press website.

Despite their influence and wealth, these women are denied the most important symbol of spiritual power — the pulpit.


Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan tests positive for COVID-19

Updated 12 July 2020

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan tests positive for COVID-19

MUMBAI:  Three generations of Bollywood’s Bachchan family were hit by the coronavirus as former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter on Sunday joined her father-in-law Amitabh and husband Abhishek in testing positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

Maharashtra state health minister Rajesh Tope said in a tweet that Aishwarya and her eight-year-old daughter had tested positive for the virus.

It was not clear whether they had been admitted to hospital, as Amitabh, a legendary Indian actor, and Abhishek were on Saturday, when they said they had mild symptoms of COVID-19.

Hospital officials and government health authorities said earlier on Sunday that Amitabh and his son were in stable condition.

Aishwarya, 46, who often features on “most beautiful” lists, has worked in several Bollywood and Hollywood films. She is a brand ambassador for several multinational companies, including L’Oreal.

Amitabh said in a tweet on Saturday night that he had tested positive for the infectious virus. 

Within minutes, his actor son Abhishek, 44, tweeted that he had also tested positive.

Both were moved to the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai despite showing only mild symptoms and the father-son duo appealed to their millions of fans to stay calm.

Authorities launched a massive sanitising drill at Bachchan’s upscale residence in Mumbai, spraying disinfectant in the large compound and on cars parked there.