Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

In Work, Love, Pray, Diane Paddison shares advice to help women balance – as the title indicates – their jobs, families and faith.

Diane started out her own career as a commercial real estate broker and after twenty-two years, she found herself in the position of a chief operating officer. She was not required to sacrifice time with her family because the company she worked for shared her values. When Diane left the company for another position, her new employer initially understood Diane’s need to spend time with her family. However, the declining housing market of 2008 struck and for the first time in her life, Diane was asked to put her career before her family.

Work, Love, Pray is a guide for women who are placed in the same situation and offers information through narrative chapters, reflection and discussion questions. The questions at the end of each chapter allow the reader to focus on brainstorming problem solving solutions to the career and life problems mentioned within the chapter.

The book goes over every conceivable issue and obstacle that could stand in the way of a woman achieving balance in her career. These barriers include: family planning, keeping fit and making time for regular exercise, making time for each season in life, understanding the value of networking with other professional women, handling money matters and making a conscious effort to grow your faith.

Diane also takes the time to discuss the current inequalities in the workplace and how they affect women in general in the workforce. The appendix includes a resource of professional organizations for women with websites and summaries of each company. Work, Love, Pray is a great resource for working women and can be used for beginning a career or re-starting one after raising a family.

Rating: 5/5

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.