book review: Work, Love, Pray

Title: Work, Love, Pray

Author: Diane Paddison

Complimentary Copy from: NetGalley

Publisher: Zondervan

Rating: A

Product Description:

The number of Christian women in today’s professional workforce is increasing, and they are hungry for practical mentoring. They yearn to learn from someone who has climbed the ladder of success without sacrificing family or faith-something author Diane Paddison has done with excellence and grace…

This is a working book for working women.

Full of practical, proven guidance that is both professionally viable and biblically sound, each chapter includes sidebars featuring pertinent facts from current research, resources relevant to the chapter’s topic, action-oriented “to do” lists, and other interactive material. Chapters also include questions suitable for discussion, making it an excellent resource for use in small groups.

My Review:

I’m going to toss out there that I think every working woman would benefit from owning a copy of Diane Paddison’s, Work, Love, Pray. I wish I had a copy of a book like this 15 years ago to guide me along the way. As a seasoned, high-powered executive, Ms. Paddison shares her experience in the working world, which includes positions as the Chief Operating Officer for two Fortune 500 companies, Trammell Crow (now CB Richard Ellis) and ProLogis. (Paddison is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at the commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley.)

The pages of Work, love, Pray are peppered with practical advice and wisdom on topics specific to women in the workforce. Areas of discussion include Career Builder: how to find the right career given personal strengths and interests; Potential Employers: how to determine if a company is a right fit for you, Professional Development: how to conduct yourself in a manner that wins respect, gets your foot in the door of the “good old boys club” and catches positive attention, Settling Down: the questions to ask before you marry to assist in finding a spouse that will support your career and mobility, Family Planning: how to approach management regarding the issue of family planning and employee benefits; Protecting Family Time: how to set and negotiate boundaries to ensure work does not bleed into family (often), etc. Each chapter focused on a different area of interest specific to women in the workforce and concludes with a few probing questions, which I found very helpful. The author includes many resources designed to assess personality type, areas of strengths/interests and potential careers that match areas of interest. Additionally, Paddison supplies an extensive list of business and professional associations open to women. (As a “resource junkie”—just check out the sidebar of my blog—I appreciated the inclusion of this material.)

The strength of Work, Love, Pray lies in the author’s honesty in sharing  not only her personal and professional experiences but those of other professional women as well. Paddison offers up mistakes, celebrates accomplishments, and speaks openly of her ability to rely on God for guidance and strength throughout her career. Paddison’s intent is to pass along the wisdom gleaned throughout her high-powered career to younger generations, especially to women just beginning their careers. For this reason, whether the reader is Christian or not makes no difference. Working women encounter the same concerns and struggles regardless of profession. As such Work, Love, Pray is relevant to working women of all ages and professional occupations.

I’m certain Work, Love, Pray will become a well used resource for any working woman’s library. I know it will for me.

Related Links:

(1) Diane Paddison’s website: 4Word

(2) Book Review: Work, Love, Pray: Practical Wisdom for Young Professional Christian Women

(3) The High Calling

I received a copy free from NetGalley, on behalf of the publisher, Zondervan, in exchange for an honest review.

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