the Working Mom™
Q: Why did you write
Prayers for the Working Mom?
Because there are more than 36 million working
moms in America struggling to give 100% on the
job AND 100% to their families. No amount of
positive thinking, no fancy tricks of the trade
or leadership technique can change the fact that
it’s not possible to give 200% indefinitely.
It would seem that something has got to give:
the kids or work performance. But things aren’t
always what they seem…There are working
mothers who do it successfully—and they
have one thing in common; they ask God for miracles
Q: What is the book about?
It’s about how to be a great mother and
a great employee at the same time. There are
no one-size-fits-all prescriptions, but instead,
help for working moms to meet their specific
challenges through prayer, inspirational stories,
self-examination, and the application of Biblical
principles. This is not a book about preaching
religion, nor is it a debate about whether is
right or wrong for mothers to work outside the
home. This book is about helping mothers in the
workforce make the right choices in the midst
of challenging circumstances.
Q: How does the
book help the reader solve their work/life
The ever-present quandary is this: embrace bottom-line
success in the workplace and turn from the family
or accept the unwritten rules of “good” motherhood
and suffer whatever negative business consequences
come. It fairly begs the question “Can
I be a great employee and a great mother?”
Being a great employee and a great mother are
not opposites. Yes, it’s possible to be
great at both; many women are. But it cannot
be accomplished alone. Two kinds of help are
needed—practical and spiritual.
This book demonstrates that working mothers
don’t need to choose between success at
work and success as a mother. In fact, the book
shows that a habitual time spent in prayer enhances
ability as a worker, mother and individual…while
being good for the soul and benefiting the company
at the same time.
Q: Your book openly
shares Biblical principles as the source for
success. How do you address the diversity of
other faiths or even atheists?
My book is not about preaching religion or telling
people what to do. It is a resource to help working
moms, regardless of their faith. I wrote the
book with the recognition that every individual
has her own mind and can think for herself. We
all have this inherent ability. I believe that
Biblical principles are a great foundation for
making wise choices in any situation.
Q: Tell us why you
are so passionate about this topic.
Because there comes a time when every working
mom is tested beyond her perceived limit—when
no one can provide the answer to a challenge
or dilemma that is deep inside. When every solution
has a significant downside and no correct answer
exists, where else is there to turn but to God?
Most of us live in two separate worlds: a personal,
private and spiritual world and a public, demanding,
competitive world. These two worlds clash in
their values, beliefs, and principles. Working
moms are frequently caught in the middle. It’s “work
first” versus “kids first” and “Success
is making money” versus “Success
is spending time.”
The bottom-line is that you need a miracle to
give 100% on the job and 100% to your family
at the same time. And there’s only one
place to go when you really need a miracle. God.
Fortunately, he’s got a supernatural touch,
available to anyone who’s willing to receive
it…including working mothers.
Q: How do you
share your faith in a business setting?
In a business setting, I’m not hired to
share my faith; I’m hired to solve a problem.
I do, however bring my whole self to a project,
fully utilizing my God-given talents and abilities
to be the best I can be.
Q: How is your book
different from other books for working moms?
It’s not a laborious textbook manual.
This is not a defense of why it’s okay
to be a working mom.
Nor does this book chronicle the “woes” of being a working mom.
Lastly, it does not feature “Superwomen” we can’t even hope
It is a practical, hands-on book to inspire
readers. A workbook is woven throughout the chapters
so that readers are engaged in creating a resource
that speaks directly to their particular lives
and situations. It’s my hope and prayer
that reading Prayers
for the Working Mom will revitalize