As the wife of Tommy Barnett, one of the most dynamic visionaries and pastors of our time, Marja Barnett has played an integral role in the success of her husband's ministry for over forty years. Inasmuch as she is now 'the model pastor's wife,' little is known publicly about Marja Barnett, the person.
She has remained somewhat mysterious, not by intention, but as a result of the way she interpreted the ministry lifestyle that was presented to her many years ago. In a time when it was more fashionable to serve alongside your husband in ministry, Marja chose instead to focus her energy on providing a strong support system at home, allowing her husband to excel in all his endeavors. It is a life choice she never regretted, but one that has not come without its challenges.
Marja's life story spans the spectrum of human experience, from the war ravaged Finland of the 1940s, to the turmoil of immigration, to being a wife and mother. The diversity of her experience is summed up here in a biography that shows a genuine life, full of emotion and strength. As we walk through the pages of her life, it's refreshing to discover that she is real, and has certainly walked-the-talk, facing each challenge head on, acknowledging the Lord as her source for her every need. Author Margot Ah Kuoi delivers to the reader a character that is relatable and worthy of emulation; a woman with whom anyone would be privileged to accompany Through Every Season.