cover image Women, Work, & Calling: Step into Your Place in God’s World

Women, Work, & Calling: Step into Your Place in God’s World

Joanna Meyer. IVP, $15 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-5140-0793-8

Meyer, director of public engagement at the Denver Institute for Faith & Work, debuts with an encouraging guide for “career-minded Christian women” who often “feel most lonely... in their faith communities.” While “our roles in public life have grown, the church’s vision for women’s work... has not,” writes Meyer, asserting that “women are vital players in God’s redemptive purposes,” and “reflect the glory of our Creator by being like him—creators who work.” Among other issues women encounter in the workplace, Meyer takes note of the “subtle but powerful dynamic that suggests [they] can be regarded as competent or likable, but not both.” She advises women to ensure their accomplishments are “measurable and visible,” and to reflect on how Christ was “able to hold... seemingly conflicting characteristics in tension,” like “tenderness” and “moral outrage.” She also highlights the importance of mentoring and networking with other women, and offers suggestions for “stay[ing] true to yourself in spite of pressures at work.” While some strategies may prove less actionable than others, Meyer successfully delivers the inspiring message that Christian working women should “lean hard on the Lord and allow his love to guide and sustain you.” This is perfect for those who feel caught between religious and professional identities. (Oct.)