Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family by Katherine Willis Pershey | Review

Katherine Willis Pershey, Author of Any Day a Beautiful ChangeFirst comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the minister with the baby carriage. In this collection of interrelated personal essays, Katherine Willis Pershey chronicles the story of her life as a young pastor, mother, and wife. At turns hilarious and harrowing, deeply moving and gently instructive, Pershey’s reflections will strike a chord with anyone who has ever rocked a newborn, loved an alcoholic, prayed for the redemption of a troubled relationship, or groped in the dark for the living God.

Part of The Young Clergy Women Project series.


Book Details:
  Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family

Author: Katherine Willis Pershey
Genre: Christian Nonfiction | Christian Living | Family |Women’s Issues
Publisher:  Chalice Press
Published: March 31, 2012
Format: Paperback; 118 pages
ISBN: 0827200293
Source: Author
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FTC Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.


My Take

I subscribe to a newsletter circulated by Ed Cyzewski, Author & Freelance Writer. A few months back Ed mentioned this book in his newsletter and offered to pass along your name to the author if you were interested in reading and reviewing. I was and I did.

Never have I been so glad I requested a book. Katherine Willis Pershey has taken the details of her life–wife, pastor, pregnant wife, new mom–and written about them in such a way we can all learn from her words on the page. In 

In Any Day a Beautiful Change: A Story of Faith and Family, Pershey shares the struggles, triumphs, tears, frustrations, warmth and love of a congregation and in each of these the reader, or at least I did, sees his or her life at some point in time.

A good memoir includes not only the difficulties but also the funny times–a balance, if you will. And I expect a pastor, male or female, writing a memoir to share some Godly wisdom and goodness. However, I never once expected this memoir to forcibly keep turning the pages for me. Yes, it was that good!

Pershey possesses a unique wit and shares it as though it were an expensive seasoning for tonight’s salad–sparingly so it isn’t overspiced but in sufficiency to bring out the best in the salad’s ingredients. 

And then she exposes herself to be this ordinary woman struggling like the rest of us with life’s passions, the worries of parenting, the heartache involved in relationships, and day-to-day frustrations of balancing it all out. In so doing, Pershey shows us the pathway to reconciliation and wholeness. 

Christian or not, parent or not yet, in a relationship or just out of one, whatever your situation, Pershey has written a book you need to read. Never preachy, always like your best friend over coffee, she writes for the common man and woman and their individual good. Find a link below and go buy yourself a copy! You’ll be glad you did.


Author Bio n Links



Katherine Willis Pershey

Katherine Willis Pershey is the Associate Pastor of the First Congregational Church in Western Springs, Illinois. A graduate of Claremont School of Theology, Katherine previously served as the solo pastor of South Bay Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Redondo Beach, California. She was one of the founding editorial board members of Fidelia’s Sisters, a publication of The Young Clergy Women Project. In addition to writing a personal blog, she is a contributor to the Christian Century. She and her husband, Benjamin, have two daughters.
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