Carolyn McCulley (single, documentary filmmaker) and Nora Shank (married mom, nutritionist) have written a balanced and historically rich vision of Ch...moreCarolyn McCulley (single, documentary filmmaker) and Nora Shank (married mom, nutritionist) have written a balanced and historically rich vision of Christian women and work. They affirm the goodness of work as well as the call for every person, male and female, to contribute to cultural renewal. They take up specific themes of purpose, rest, identity, and ambition, framing each with biblical theology and personal reflection. I especially appreciated the section in which they traced the history of working women as well as women of the Bible who clearly worked. I think it's clear that current Christian debates about whether women were made to or should work outside the home are anachronistic. For most of human history, women worked at home--because that's where all work took place. And they couldn't not work once they were married and had children. That is a relatively modern option for only a slice of women today.
Bottom line, I would recommend the book to a woman wanting to think of their profession Christianly, as well as any women transitioning from one life stage to another, and asking questions of identity because of it.(less)
Steve Garber of The Washington Institute blends his rich life experiences and conversations over the years with insights from music, literature, and p...moreSteve Garber of The Washington Institute blends his rich life experiences and conversations over the years with insights from music, literature, and public policy to offer an honest account of Christian responsibility in and love for a broken world. The central tension that animates this book is the challenge of both knowing and loving the world--of taking an unflinching look at the gap between the world God intended and the world humans have made of it, and yet to work to invest in it and tend it for love's sake. Certainly this is a helpful book to read alongside college students who need an expansive vision of Christian vocation. The two "it was okay" stars come from a lack of practical application, and a vision of vocation that takes the privilege of travel, education at the highest institutions, and access to influence for granted. The few examples given of people who Garber believes live well into the tension he puts forth are people who can found nonprofits and meet with lawmakers and travel across the globe without much of a challenge; to be sure, we rightly would wish for more Christians in precisely the arenas of culture where long-lasting institutional change can take place. But vocational resources are also needed for Christians who will never reach those arenas, and I'm not sure this book is aware of its own privileged position. Finally, I found myself distracted by the chapter "Vocation as Implication," where Garber introduced several friends who have chosen to love the world. Of 11 stories, 6 are of men, 4 are of couples, and 1 is of a woman. In 2 of the couples' stories, the emphasis is on the husband's work. In the story of the woman, the emphasis is on her wedding day and her home letterpress business. No doubt these life details are not to be minimized, but compared with stories of men who are meeting with UN officials and teaching and founding businesses and nonprofits, the story of the woman seems perfunctory and also a bit silly. When I think of the young college graduate who wonders what her next steps will be, I wonder if she will be able to see herself in this book.(less)
As always, Fleming Rutledge proves her powerful gift of capturing the earth-shattering, world-encompassing message that is the gospel. This sermon col...moreAs always, Fleming Rutledge proves her powerful gift of capturing the earth-shattering, world-encompassing message that is the gospel. This sermon collection focuses specifically on Romans, which only heightens the intensity of Rutledge's words. Also, she always gets five stars because I kind of want to be (like) her someday. (less)