While Diane Paddison writes mainly for the married businesswoman with children in her book, Work, Love, Pray, Paddison brings in tidbits of wisdom for every girl with ambitions that include both work and faith. Paddison spends the majority of the book telling her own stories of divorce, marriage, children, college, faith, and the workplace. Thanks to a charming writing style and a relatable life, her stories are captivating, even the stories with less obvious lessons and advice.
When she does give advice, Paddison covers everything from what to consider before marriage to what to consider before dating, from dealing with marriage troubles to dealing with the male primacy in the workplace, from settling financial squabbles in the home to balancing work with family time, from choosing a church to knowing where to draw the line when it comes to sharing faith in the workplace.
Paddison writes that women must set boundaries and find jobs where employers are willing to work with their priorities. But women must always work hard and prove their worth to earn the flexibility. No one can be superwoman, however, and it’s also important to realize limits and to not allow failures to determine the future. And in everything, community takes precedence, whether through church family and a friend’s encouragement or a mentor at work, women should encourage one another (Hebrews 10:25).
While Work, Love, Pray is most suited to women who are already into their careers, all women can come away from Paddison’s book encouraged to pursue what they value most, not what will earn them the most money. Paddison encourages women to consider Ecclesiastes 3:10-11, to realize that God “has made everything beautiful in its time,” and take life at a pace that allows them to enjoy what God made them to do. – Harmony Wheeler, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Work, Love, Pray by Diane Paddison is exactly what the cover describes it to be: “practical wisdom for young professional Christian women.” Paddison gives advice on how to balance faith, love, and a full-time job. There are many complications in a Christian woman’s life and in today’s society; with marriage, children, a profession, church work, and community service, it is even more complicated than ever. Paddison tackles important questions in each of her chapters, such as why women need a church, how to put individual strengths to use, and how to establish personal priorities. Each chapter comes with advice drawn from research and interviews with Christian women from all walks of life who have managed to maintain a balance life. There is a lot of basic how-to knowledge and then a series of discussion questions.
Paddison writes in a very personal and conversational style that puts the reader into everyday situations of work, love, and faith. Her advice is wholesome and genuine. Her advice covers a wide range of contemporary subjects and a vast variety of feminine topics fitting for women of all ages.
Living a fully-Christian life is harder than ever these days. Balancing work, family, and faith is not easy, but with Paddison’s advice and the Bible’s timeless wisdom, any woman can walk the path of faith that Jesus has established. “For we walk by faith, not by sight,” says 2 Corinthians 5:7. Walking by faith is hard but can be done through Christ, and Paddison’s book helps point the way. – Kailey Traylor, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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.