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The Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work, and the Home by [McCulley, Carolyn, Shank, Nora]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1861 KB
  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1433679922
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group (13 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #491,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I don't mean to be rude, but what's the point in writing a whole book on women, work and children if the answer in the first chapter is as outlined; 'it's up to every woman and what suits her, there is no hard and fast rule'. Fine - but why go on and on if it's up to everyone individually? I just found it pretty dull.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x86ca75d0) out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 4 Mar. 2014
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
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Several years ago I read Radical Womanhood by Carolyn McCulley and thoroughly enjoyed it. To my pleasure, her new book, coauthored by Nora Shank, The Measure of Success, was also an encouraging book for me to read. Not only did it present a Biblical based ideology of a woman's work, but it also addressed the perspectives of various women and the roles they lead. This book does not bash one form of work from another, but equally values them in their unique ways. One of my favorite quotes from the book is "Our daily labors - be they in the marketplace or home - are opportunities for us to love others through our efforts. What we are called to do is not as important as how we do it." The Measure of Success is divided into three sections: The Story of Work, the Theology of Work, and the Life Cycle of Work. I've recommended this book to all the women in my circle of family and friends as I think it would be encouraging for every Christian woman to read.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x86ca781c) out of 5 stars The Best $.99 Spent 4 April 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Over a year ago I saw an ad for a new book being released in 2014, The Measure of Success:Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work and the Home by Carolyn McCulley with Nora Shanks. My initial reaction to another book about women for women written by women was

"O great, another book for women about women and work written by women.

I confess I was judging a book by its cover and the title. I've read many books about women, should they work outside the home? should they stay home? the questions for women today about work usually boil down to those two questions. Having made my choice twenty-eight years ago I wasn't inclined to read another book on the topic.

The book was released earlier this year and a few weeks ago there was a one day sale on the e-book version. I opened my purse reasoning I could spare the $0.99. Little did I know it would the best less than a dollar I've spent this year. My first assumptions on this book were proven wrong in the first few pages.

McCulley is single and a proud aunt. Her friend Nora who wrote with her works as a health consultant and is married with two children. This book is written from two different perspectives which I found to be the best part of this book. Their stories are intertwined throughout. This quote early in the book sealed the deal in me finishing it.

Women should work and work hard everyday to the glory of God in the home and in the marketplace.

Their reason for writing a book on work and success

To help women in all stages of life think clearly about the God-given gifts and opportunities they have, and how to invest those individual and specific situations in light of eternity.

As I write this review, I think of my mom, who was wife and mother all her life. She was a farmer's wife, working in the garden, canning all summer, taking care of three girls and investing her life in her family. To this day she works very hard.

The Measure of Success is divided into three sections

The story of work which I found fascinating. The authors trace the story of work through its history and culture.
The theology of work. Who knew work and theology go hand in hand?
The life cycle of work, helping the reader to apply all work principles to all seasons and stages of a woman's life.
Something I've encouraged women over the years is thoroughly explained in this book. The fact women are made in the image of God, finding our identity in Jesus Christ saved for all eternity. Our roles as daughter, sister, wife, mother and employee will change but our identity in Christ will never change. Labels should not define us.

The idea the "home moved from being a place of productivity to a place of consumption" was eye-opening. I agree with the authors our homes should be a place where family and friends are well-taken care, where good food is shared and a place for our tired families to find rest. I was encouraged in the theology of work, learning God's purpose for work, why I need rest from working along with the topic of ambition and following Christ as a woman. Ambition is a good trait if used correctly in the light of working for God's purposes. God designed us all to work and work with a purpose.

I was thrilled to learn a new name for the empty nest. Yes, children leave and the nest empties, but the nest is now open for the mother to be available to many more opportunities to work and minister. Life does not end when full-time mothering ceases. Looking forward to an open nest.

The last section gives practical help and examples on how to launch a young woman into a successful working adult. Interwoven throughout the book are biblical examples of women who work including Lydia, the purple seller and the Proverbs 31 woman.

Thank you to Carolyn and Nora to a well-written, thought-provoking book which I highly recommend. It will be the last time I judge a book by its cover.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x86ca77e0) out of 5 stars Brilliant, Readable, and Informative! 8 Mar. 2014
By CelticWomanFanPiano - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me preface this review with the comment that, even though I'm a Christian, as an intellectual as well I don't often read the Christian literature that is out there at present since I find it to be mostly feel good fluff. But, I am most pleased with the blend of intellectualism and Biblical insight in this book that I'm giving it a five out of five star reading without hesitation. The topic is one that any accomplished woman of today is facing, and that is how to manage being a woman, having (or not having) a family, and maintaining a career (either at home or in the outside workforce). What is particularly powerful about this book is the three chapters devoted to the history of work. Explaining how the concept of separate spheres for work and home has developed and the ramifications of the home being a place of consumption rather than productivity is extremely insightful. Also, redefining the term "work" itself is very enlightening. As is the passage from Martin Luther's Doctrine of Vocation that is included in the book. It is a very readable book, with personal testimonies from the two main authors, one being a single woman and the other being married with children. I think it would be an excellent book for Christian (and secular) book clubs. And it is just generally, a very enlightening book that is well worth the read. It explains how the rise of social Darwinism counteracted the Golden Age of Domesticity in the 1830s through the 1850s. A mindset is still present in the popular consciousness today. And one which needs changing. With this book leading the way towards affecting that much needed change.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x86caa36c) out of 5 stars Clear well written book about the worth of work and the woman's role 28 Mar. 2014
By William D. Curnutt - Published on Amazon.com
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I pulled this book from the Vine Program because the title caught my attention. I have read a lot on the subject of the role of women in the church, women in the family, women in society, etc. But this caught my eye because it was the role of women in the work force. I was hoping for something new to challenge my thinking. I wasn't disappointed.

First of all I loved the collaboration of the two writers. Carolyn McCulley is a single woman in her late forties / early fifties who is not defined by her status of being single, but by her status of being a smart, savvy, business woman who knows what she wants to do and knows what God wants her to do (bring Him honor and glory in all her work). Then there is Nora Shank, a mother of two children, happily married and also working as a dietitian. She is younger than Carolyn, so she grew up in a bit of a different culture.

The two women bring different perspectives, but they have the same goal. They want to honor God with their lives and with all that they do.

I felt that Carolyn was very candid about who she is. She was raised at a time where the feminist movement was very strong. She did not become a Christian until after college and well into her career life. She is not married because she doesn't like men or because she thinks marriage is too traditional. Instead, she desires a husband and a family but she knows that God has not yet brought the right man into her life. How refreshing to have her honesty.

She also shares about how her views of women and the Bible changed after she became a Christian and started to study the Bible. She seems Paul's teachings on women with a very refreshing perspective and a well studied depth of knowledge of the culture he was writing to. As such, she sees him not has a chauvinist but she sees him as the out front thinker / changer of society that he truly was. He was progressive in his thoughts! How's that sound guys? Take time to read her thoughts and it will help you think more clearly about some perspectives.

The book goes through the history of work for women, the history of the family unit and how it has evolved over centuries. It then goes through the process the two women writing experienced in learning about work and the woman and then it delves into the Biblical Theology of Work.

The book is well written, well thought through, well laid out and guides you through the topic is a fresh and inviting way that will give you lots to stop and think about.

I now want to meet Carolyn and Nora and sit down and have some long discussions with them, I think it would be absolutely fascinating to gain from their wisdom.

I believe that all lay people and pastors would benefit from reading this book. I now look forward to going back and reading Carolyn's other two books about women. I can't wait!

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x86caa4bc) out of 5 stars Much for us guys, as well as the women it's written for 4 Mar. 2014
By Neal Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
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For sure, this is a woman's book, but there's plenty here to open us men's eyes too. Carolyn McCulley along with Nora Shank gives a tremendous insight into just what the Bible does say about work and women. The issue is especially studied in the light of Proverbs 31, but Paul's writings are also throughly examined.

The book is divided into three sections being: the history of work, the theology of work, and the life cycle of work. The teaching here is Biblically sound and clearly stated. This most definitely is a book for everyone, not just the women whom the book is basically aimed at.
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