The Measure of Success

TheMeasureOfSuccess_CVR-1In The Measure of Success: Uncovering the Biblical Perspective on Women, Work, and the Home, author Carolyn McCulley interacts with secular and biblical arguments and proposed solutions to questions about gender roles and what it means to be a woman and successful.

I thought the author made strong points about life being a series of phases, rather than one brief shot at Doing It All all at once.  She also had good insight into a Christian perspective on ambition and how that can play out in different ways during different seasons of life.

I wouldn’t say that The Measure of Success is a drop-everything-and-read-it-now book. While it’s not ultimately very prescriptive (and that’s part of the point), the book does form an interesting addition to the broader dialog about womanhood. If you’re interested in that conversation, you might find the book worthwhile.


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2 thoughts on “The Measure of Success

  1. Hi, Catherine. Since you don’t highly recommend The Measure of Success, is there another book on women in the work world that you would recommend from a Christian perspective? Thank you.

    1. You know, it’s hard to find books on this topic! That’s why I’m not panning this one–it’s helpful for its willingness to engage with the other arguments out there (Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, etc). I think if you are really interested I would recommend reading a bit more widely in the secular literature (assuming you’ve read Lead In I’d also recommend “Overwhelmed” by Brigid Schulte and possibly “I Know How She Does It” by Laura Vanderkam) and then reading something that delves a little deeper if not as directly into the topic from a theological perspective, such as Hannah Johnson’s “Made For More.” Johnson’s book isn’t exactly about work, but it’s about identity and the section on how believers can integrate various aspects of their identity (and why to do so and how from a Biblical perspective) is probably the best thing I’ve read on the topic. I hope that helps! And if you have other thoughts or insights on this topic, I’d love to hear them!

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