Grasping the dignity and significance of women and work.
Women are an integral part in God's call to work—to create and advance God's kingdom. But work looks different for each one of us. Whether in the home, with children, or in a professional environment—or some combination of all of these—women are cultivating a world of beauty, truth, and hope. But it's not easy. We have doubts and dreams ... questions and concerns. Chelsea Patterson Sobolik provides a robust theological foundation as she engages with our most pressing questions:
Work, whether it's professional or in other avenues of society, is an act of cultivation that involves developing something or someone to be better. Even if you don't receive a paycheck, you're still working. Caring for children and homes, volunteering in our communities, leading a Bible study, or caring for aging parents is God-given work.
Chelsea faithfully engages with our questions and provides practical rhythms that women can incorporate into their lives to flourish in their work.
"Our culture sends two strong messages about work: either that it only holds value for personal gain, or that it is not worth the effort at all. Called to Cultivate deftly uses Scripture to remind us that the believer's work is divinely infused with redemptive kingdom potential. Chelsea Sobolik points to the blessing of work as worship, and its purpose for the flourishing of our families, friends, churches, and communities. Whether you serve in the marketplace, church, home, or all three, take up and find new hope when that early-morning alarm signals the start of a new day."
—K. A. Ellis
Director of the Edmiston Center at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta
"Chelsea Sobolik is a seasoned professional and a faithful believer whose insights and experiences in the work world will help prepare and guide those starting out as well as those already facing challenges and questions in their working lives. This book is a gift to those who want to work well, serve well, and live well."
—Karen Swallow Prior
Author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books
"In Called to Cultivate, Chelsea zooms in on some of the most relatable (yet rarely well-articulated) issues that Christian women face navigating the world of work. In the warm voice of a friend, she guides the reader with practical wisdom and advice for navigating the personal, physical, and spiritual aspects of our lives as working women. This was the book I didn't even realize I needed!"
Author of Reason to Return: Why Women Need the Church and the Church Needs Women
"With refreshing authenticity and candor, Chelsea addresses key questions facing today's Christian women navigating the unique dynamics of professional development, life balance, and effective advocacy. This book offers a grace-filled invitation to readers to better understand their God-given purpose and confidently leverage their influence with an eternal perspective."
Writer, speaker, and Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Ronald Blue Trust