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Work, Love, Pray is a hands-on guide for young professional Christian women seeking balance and fulfillment in all aspects of their lives. Full of practical advice and inspiring stories, this book helps sidestep the pitfalls of the "Superwoman," while encouraging women to reach for the best of all three worlds: faith, family, and career.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310331374
ISBN-13: 9780310331377
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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 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.

Author Bio

Diane Paddison has held several executive positions for corporations, including Chief Operating Officer for two Fortune 500 companies, Trammell Crow (now CB Richard Ellis) and ProLogis. She is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at the commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley and serves on two other corporate boards, Behringer Harvard REIT Opportunity Fund II and Air Advice. She is also an advisory board member for The Salvation Army and Harvard Business School Christian Fellowship Alumni Association and a Trustee for Oregon State University. Diane is known for seeking opportunities to gather professional women for connection and mentoring time whenever she travels for business. This passion for mentoring women inspired her to found 4word™, a national nonprofit designed to connect, lead, and support young professional Christian women to fulfill their God-given potential (www.4wordwomen.org).  Diane and her husband have four children, and they live in Dallas, Texas, and Portland, Or?

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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

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  1. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    Sound Career Advice for Young Professional Women
    November 29, 2011
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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 suggest women with children also look at other titles (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.
  2. Chicago, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Work, Love, Pray - a must read!
    November 19, 2011
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    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" 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.
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Author: Diane Paddison
Located in: Portland, Organ & Dallas, Texas
Submitted: December 08, 2011

    Tell us a little about yourself.  At age 5 I started running a cash register and managing peach-pit crews on an Oregon family fruit farm. There I developed skills that would later be sharpened in a Harvard MBA program. Upon completion of my MBA I worked my way to senior executive roles in commercial real estate, an industry where women leaders are rare. Currently, I am Chief Strategy Officer and board member at Cassidy Turley, and serve on corporate and nonprofit boards, including the Salvation Army National Advisory Board, Behringer Harvard Op Reit II, AirAdvice, Harvard Business School Christian Fellowship Alumni Association. A lifelong passion for mentoring women inspired me to found 4word, a national nonprofit designed to connect, lead and support young professional Christian women to fulfill their God-given potential (4wordwomen.org). My husband Chris and I love running, hiking, and active vacations. I have four remarkable college-age children, and they divide their time between homes in Dallas and Portland, Oregon.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  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. Women don’t easily find the practical mentoring and support that men naturally extend to each other. Young women need Godly role models who have walked in their shoes with integrity and success – as they enter the post-college world dreaming of prosperous careers and forging healthy relationships with lasting potential. We are meeting working women’s needs with this book and the 4word women ministry. The 4wordwomen blog (4wordwomen.org blog) , twitter (@4wordwomen) and facebook (4wordwomen) allows women to connect online and gives them the resources they need to fulfill their highest potential.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Work, Love Pray was written to impact women to use their time, talents, and treasures to their highest potential.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  A journey through Bob Buford's HalfTime Institute sharpened my sense of how God could use my experiences and gifts in business, relationships, and spiritual life. I formed the 4word ministry, and gathered remarkably diverse, accomplished women to share their stories with young women entering the business world.

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