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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. The stories Paddison shares about her corporate, personal, and spiritual lif 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. The stories Paddison shares about her corporate, personal, and spiritual life, as well as the lives of other women like her, are both inspiring and instructive, providing on-target advice and concrete examples of how to succeed without feeling overwhelmed or compromised. 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. Work, Love, Pray is a valuable resource for professional Christian women, but it's also a must-read for the husbands, sisters, daughters, and friends who share their lives.


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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. The stories Paddison shares about her corporate, personal, and spiritual lif 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. The stories Paddison shares about her corporate, personal, and spiritual life, as well as the lives of other women like her, are both inspiring and instructive, providing on-target advice and concrete examples of how to succeed without feeling overwhelmed or compromised. 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. Work, Love, Pray is a valuable resource for professional Christian women, but it's also a must-read for the husbands, sisters, daughters, and friends who share their lives.

30 review for Work, Love, Pray: Practical Wisdom for Professional Christian Women and Those Who Want to Understand Them

  1. 4 out of 5

    Xueyi Shen

    You would expect to find out how to glorify God in workplace but all you find is techniques to success. Ironically, if you replace the word God with Budah or any other important figure, you'd have no difficulty going through the book. You would expect to find out how to glorify God in workplace but all you find is techniques to success. Ironically, if you replace the word God with Budah or any other important figure, you'd have no difficulty going through the book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    solid advice for Christian career women

  3. 5 out of 5

    Grace Kelley

    Work devo read turned out really helpful life read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber Albano

    I will reread. What a fantastic example Diane is. 👏

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie Casey

    I honestly almost put this book down about 1/3 through. I had bought it after reading part of it on a blog somewhere and thought it sounded intriguing, but I was starting to get disappointed in the beginning. The first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book is a necessity (I now see) for Diane Paddison to establish her credibility as a very successful business woman, but I was looking for more advise and less autobiography. Now, however I am so glad that I stuck it through and learned where Paddison was coming I honestly almost put this book down about 1/3 through. I had bought it after reading part of it on a blog somewhere and thought it sounded intriguing, but I was starting to get disappointed in the beginning. The first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book is a necessity (I now see) for Diane Paddison to establish her credibility as a very successful business woman, but I was looking for more advise and less autobiography. Now, however I am so glad that I stuck it through and learned where Paddison was coming from! The second half of the book makes it so worth it, so KEEP reading!!! After sharing her personal stories, Paddison really gets a lot more practical and encouraging on HOW you can balance your faith, family, and career. And why should we even bother with the balancing act? She says, "We don't give God only our spiritual selves when we surrender to him. We give him everything, and that includes our talents, our gifts, and yes, the part of us that goes to work every day" (location 1722). Another great quote: "I'm far from perfect and have experienced my share of the dry times, but when my faith is strong and I am closest to God, the benefits spill over into my family and my work. I am a better parent, better spouse, and better worker when I put God first" (location 2088). AMEN! Paddison sprinkles the book (the last half anyway!) with great verses to reference. She writes, "the best way you can become a shining light for Christ is to be the best employee in the company (Colossians 3:23)." This is one of my favorite verses that has gotten me through some pretty bad jobs in the past - it says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters" (NIV). Her advise covers everything from finding a good church family, growing an accountability group, making Bible study a daily habit, physical exercise, putting your kids and husband first, financial concerns, spiritual retreats, business conferences, travel, boundaries, and more! I have so many highlights in my Kindle edition and have a long list of websites and books that she referenced that I want to check out! Many of her suggestions are listed on the website of Diane Paddison's non-for-profit ministry, 4word. She also has a blog there that I have begun following. I recommend this to any Christian woman (18+) who plans on spending ANY time at all in the work force. Eli and I are so fortunate that with our jobs and schedules, we can be stay-at-home parents with full-time jobs; but I still find "doing it all" and "having it all" to be quite challenging at times, and this book has been very encouraging to me! Hope you will find it to be so too!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Work, Love, Pray by Diane Paddison – Book Review by hugapoohlouise Zondervan graciously sent me a review copy of "Work, Love, Pray" by Diane Paddison. In exchange for a review. I received no compensation just a review copy of the above book. Work, Love, Pray by Diane Paddison is published by Zondervan and is available in print copy or e-book format. From the back cover: "Is It Possible to Have It All at Once? Do you wonder if your dreams for a successful career and a thriving personal life could e Work, Love, Pray by Diane Paddison – Book Review by hugapoohlouise Zondervan graciously sent me a review copy of "Work, Love, Pray" by Diane Paddison. In exchange for a review. I received no compensation just a review copy of the above book. Work, Love, Pray by Diane Paddison is published by Zondervan and is available in print copy or e-book format. From the back cover: "Is It Possible to Have It All at Once? Do you wonder if your dreams for a successful career and a thriving personal life could ever work together? Do you love what you do - and feel exhausted at the end of the day? Are you sometimes lonely in a faith community that doesn't engage you on a professional level? Diane Paddison knows how it feels to be committed to your faith and your loved ones as well as to your career - and to sometimes feel pulled in a dozen directions." I am a wife, mother and have a career. So when I received this book as a review copy it sure caught my eye. I have felt exhausted at the end of the day. But when my day at work ends, then my day begins again with my children. Unlike the author, I have a part-time job outside the home. I work from 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday. My dh works 4pm-1pm Tuesday through Saturday. This schedule allows us to avoid childcare for our children. When our three little ones are not in school they are with a parent at all times. We have been truly blessed to have a flexible schedule such as this. Not everyone has this blessing. I have struggled to find a godly influence in my life to help me juggle my career, my family, my home and my aging father. Unfortunately, there aren't many out there that are willing to share their struggles and insight to others. Diane Paddison's book is a great start. In her own experiences as a career woman, wife and mother/stepmom she helps you make sense of your life. Diane Paddison shares with you how to climb the ladder of success without sacrificing your personal life and your faith. I loved the sound biblical and professional advice. If you are unable to find a mentor in your life where you live, I would recommend this book to you. Diane Paddison is a great mentor and she also has a website and blog. If you are a mentor, I would also recommend her book to you. To visit Diane Paddison's website just click on her name anywhere in the post. If you are looking for a mentor, please feel free to contact me, as I have found an awesome website for mothers. Until Next Time, M

  7. 4 out of 5

    Iola

    In Work Love Pray, Paddison draws on her experience as a senior executive to outline the problems that Christian women face in the workforce, and to suggest ways to maintain and grow as a Christian. She has a chatty and personable style which makes the book easy to read, and each chapter has real-life examples from Paddison’s own life, and from the lives of other Christian women in business. One of her main points is how few churches adequately cater for Christian professionals, especially profe In Work Love Pray, Paddison draws on her experience as a senior executive to outline the problems that Christian women face in the workforce, and to suggest ways to maintain and grow as a Christian. She has a chatty and personable style which makes the book easy to read, and each chapter has real-life examples from Paddison’s own life, and from the lives of other Christian women in business. One of her main points is how few churches adequately cater for Christian professionals, especially professional women, as the church still has this (conscious or unconscious) expectation that women ‘only’ get tertiary education in order to get a ‘Mrs. Degree’. Readers are encouraged to use the talents God has given them, and challenged to grow spiritually through reading Christian books that make us think. This would be an excellent book for a young Christian woman starting her career. As someone a little older, I found the problems to be consistent with my own experience, and the advice and suggested solutions to be sound. However, I would recommend other titles for women with children (such as Women Who Do Too Much, by Patricia Sprinkle, which was quoted in Work Love Pray). There are a series of questions at the end of each chapter which challenge the reader to think through their own situation and expectations for career, marriage and family. These would make an excellent basis for a small group discussion, either for young professional women in the early stages of their career, or perhaps for high-school and college-aged students, as the questions might help them determine their own calling and future direction. While little of the material in Work Love Pray was new to me, I always find it interesting to read how Christian women combine a career with family and church responsibilities. They reinforce that the endless juggling act is normal, that women have to carefully prioritise in order to maintain their relationships with God, family and friends. While this might not exactly seem encouraging, it is in a perverse way, in that you realise your struggles are not unique. Thanks to Zondervan and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. This review also appears on my blog, www.christianreads.blogspot.com.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

    Great book for young, intelligent Christian women who are concerned about how an ambitious career may affect their current or future families. Paddison offers practical advice about succeeding in the workplace with boundaries in place about how much time to spend away from family. A fairly conservative (her own description) professional Christian woman herself, rather than debate politics or theology, she instead thinks from a practical, problem-solving perspective about how to balance work, fam Great book for young, intelligent Christian women who are concerned about how an ambitious career may affect their current or future families. Paddison offers practical advice about succeeding in the workplace with boundaries in place about how much time to spend away from family. A fairly conservative (her own description) professional Christian woman herself, rather than debate politics or theology, she instead thinks from a practical, problem-solving perspective about how to balance work, family, and faith without compromising on any of those things. Her advice includes only working for companies that value family and/or faith, understanding one's own personality, goals and values, and devoting time for weekly Bible study or small groups. She also includes advice on networking with integrity as a Christian woman. Includes good discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Helpful and highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    Not only is this book written by a woman who belongs to an organization that I belong to -- Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) -- but, she also was the Chief Operating Officer of the company I work for, CBRE. This book, Work, Love Pray, is a book I wish I had been given the first day I started working in the Commercial Real Estate Industry, and even years ago, when I graduated from College. It reminds you of the importance of balancing the things that are most important, and prioritizing them i Not only is this book written by a woman who belongs to an organization that I belong to -- Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) -- but, she also was the Chief Operating Officer of the company I work for, CBRE. This book, Work, Love Pray, is a book I wish I had been given the first day I started working in the Commercial Real Estate Industry, and even years ago, when I graduated from College. It reminds you of the importance of balancing the things that are most important, and prioritizing them in your life. It is something I have always tried to do, and Diane gives helpful tips but also puts the busy life I live, in perspective. I read this book in a day, and I encourage all women my age, to get this book. Made me feel like the path I've chosen, guided by God, is the right one!! Great book!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Reagan Ramsey

    really enjoyed this book, it's both practical and insightful. i appreciate how intentional Paddison is about balance. in business, it's very easy to feel that you HAVE to take this position or it will look bad...when in reality, your life is more than your work and if you find that you're sacrificing the other areas of your life in order to get ahead, you might be on a path to personal disaster. life is short...no need to be so busy that you don't have time to live it. really enjoyed this book, it's both practical and insightful. i appreciate how intentional Paddison is about balance. in business, it's very easy to feel that you HAVE to take this position or it will look bad...when in reality, your life is more than your work and if you find that you're sacrificing the other areas of your life in order to get ahead, you might be on a path to personal disaster. life is short...no need to be so busy that you don't have time to live it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I started reading this book the second semester of my senior year in college. At the time I was anxious about all the upcoming changes. This book provided encouragement to my fears in all aspects of life: family, career, relationships, faith; the list goes on and on. It contains great advise and insight, and I recommend it 100% for any women venturing into the work force for the first time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Timan Goshit

    Great insight for Christian female professionals, especially those just starting their careers! Loved her honesty and transparency regarding her own struggles, accomplishments and God's grace throughout. Great insight for Christian female professionals, especially those just starting their careers! Loved her honesty and transparency regarding her own struggles, accomplishments and God's grace throughout.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    As a professional working in the creative field this book helped me understand my disconnection with my church and the difficulty of finding peers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    great concepts and advice. writing was ok. this is a brest perspective on being a working woman and a working wife /mom.

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