Margaret Register
"No Place for Plastic Saints"
"A Place for People, Puppets, and Cockroach Soup"
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NO PLACE FOR PLASTIC SAINTS: Earthquakes, Chicken Feet, and Candid Confessions of a Missionary Wife

by Margaret A. Register

(ISBN#978-1-60647-976-6 XulonPress, $22.99)

 In this delightful memoir, Margaret Register speaks in a conversational tone, drawing the reader first into her early years as a Methodist “preacher’s kid” who, with her parents, became Pentecostals while she was still young. She is authentic in describing, sometimes with great humor, the struggles, setbacks, and joys of her preparation for ministry—first as a pastor’s wife and then in answer to her missionary call—and the unexpected traumas of life as a “foreign” missionary for the Assemblies of God.

From language study to the country of Chile, and later in Paraguay, Register rejoices in miracles of provision, in miraculous healings in a tent church, in protection on steep Andean mountain roads. We cry with her as she describes disappointing resistance by some whom they went to serve. She recounts vividly an earthquake and many other unusual happenings (including dead bodies, chicken feet, and outhouses) as they ministered first in Temuco and then in Viña, Chile, and later in Paraguay, where, in addition to pastoring and teaching, they began a very successful television ministry that would eventually reach all of Latin America.

“But sometimes I felt false because ‘on stage’ [at American churches] my holy-self was demonstrated with wonderful stories from Viña,” writes Margaret Register, who with her husband, Joe, served Latin America as missionaries for 38 years starting in 1967. “Missionaries never talked in public about the painful times. I dared not mention the pain of Temuco. I felt like a plastic saint.”

Intrigued with Register’s transparency, a pastor states, “I could hardly put the book down to do other things. I laughed, sometimes had tears, and was amazed at the stories. I learned of the tremendous struggles that missionaries go through—finances, sickness, rejection, etc. I guess to us here in the States, missionary life looks a little too glamorous.”

“Who knew that missionary life was more than love offerings and extended vacations to exotic places?” says another reader.

Margaret Register has done a great service to the body of Christ in writing No Place for Plastic Saints. She excels in painting delightful and vivid word pictures so that you, the reader, feel you are there with her as she walks through each dramatic story. This is truly an authentic account of the good, the bad, and the miraculous in the life of a dedicated Pentecostal missionary family. This book is a must read!


–reviewed by Juanita Cunningham Blackburn, AGWM missionary; Instructional Development Specialist for Global University School of Graduate Studies; Editor of the monthly newsletter for the AGWM member care team, CaringConnection.


February 4, 2009



Contact: Margaret A. Register


Author Meets Challenges of Life on the Mission Field

New memoir chronicles many surprising miracles and victories


LONGWOOD, FL—New from Xulon Press is No Place for Plastic Saints: Earthquakes, Chicken Feet and Candid Confessions of a Missionary Wife, a remarkable story that chronicles how a simple girl from the Midwest finds being a missionary is not what she expected, and struggles to adapt to a foreign culture that brings her both pain and surprising joy. In Margaret A. Register’s compelling new memoir, the author describes her experiences of loneliness, fear, frustration, and failure, along with surprising miracles and victories. She learns that she does not want to be what she dubs a “plastic saint”—that is, brittle and hollow and stuck in neutral instead of real, transparent, and pliable. It is her hope that these writings will inspire, inform, and challenge readers to know that God listens and responds to cries for His help.


Says Register, “How does God call a person to become a missionary and cope with foreign foods, different customs, and learn to fit in? You’ll see! I want you to laugh with me, sit beside me, and even cry with me. Sometimes God answered my prayers. Sometimes He didn’t. Still, tiny flames of faith burned within my heart. May my experiences inspire, inform, and challenge you to know that God listens and responds to cries for help.”


A missionary for 38 years, Register ministered in various countries and on television programs that continue to reach 200 countries on 14 satellites even today. The author walked through despair after she, her husband, and their two children departed their homeland for Latin America to help serve God and others. But by doing this, the author explains, the family also walked into great joy. “You can, too,” she says. “[My] story will convince you of this.”


Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 5,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order No Place for Plastic Saints through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Salem Communications is the country’s leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet, and magazine publishing.

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