Friday, May 21, 2010

Featured Book: Sistergirl Devotions by Carol M. Mackey

For some Christians, navigating their faith in the secular corporate world is tricky. Can I talk about Jesus? If I mention church, will I suddenly by on the no-invite list for secular functions? When I order water at happy hour, will they look at me funny? If I pray for a colleague in need, will I be written up?

So a book like Sistergirl Devotions by Carol Mackey is a welcomed example of how a believer might live out her faith in the workplace. In addition to insight into topics like the ones above, it also deals with approaching one's work with excellence, avoiding stress, and when and how to take a stand.  Although the book is directed toward African-American women, I think Carol speaks to all Christian women.

Carol is like family, the wife of a childhood friend. She's also a sorority sister of mine, so I'm doubly pleased to present this timely and timeless collection of devotions, one for each day of the month, inspired by her own experiences in corporate America.

The devotions are short, perfect for a busy woman on the go, and end with a "Power Move" action step as well as a "My Confession" affirmation.  Sistergirl Devotions is a book that you read and reference again and again for pointers on living one's faith with grace, wisdom and humility and most of all, unashamedly. 


Inspiration for African-American Women:  Keeping Jesus in the Mix on the Job

As the editor-in-chief of the esteemed Black Expressions Book Club, Carol M. Mackey has her pulse on  African-American women and what they’re reading, thinking about and their search for information that  speaks to their daily lives and struggles.

Struggles especially crop up at the place where most women spend the bulk of their time: at work. With  workplace stresses ranging from bad bosses to gossipy coworkers to a lack of passion for what you’re  getting paid to do, what’s a Christian woman to do? Sometimes it can feel like your faith is putting in overtime, too, just to get you through the week.

Through her book, Sistergirl Devotions, Mackey speaks to these and other hurdles that working women face  through a collection of 90 insightful and inspiring readings. Using Scripture, conventional wisdom and stories  from her own experiences, Mackey teaches readers how their faith provides timeless and trusting answers to  these daily struggles. Each devotion also offers a “Power Move,” which gives readers actionable tips for  applying these principles to their own lives and careers.

Topics that Mackey addresses through these devotions include:
o Making the most of your opportunities at work
o Establishing your identity at work
o How to serve your way to greatness
o Standing up for what’s right
o Managing conflicts and toxic coworkers
o Confronting painful situations with grace
o Bouncing back after a setback
o Keys to managing others
o Striking a healthy work-life balance
o Discipleship on and off the job
o Watch God multiply your talents and gifts
o Remain humble as you achieve success

Click to read an excerpt of Chapter 1, "Use What You Got to Get What You Want:  Making the Most of Your Opportunities".

Sistergirl Devotions
by Carol M. Mackey
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3397-1
Available May 2010; $12.99


Carol M. Mackey is editor-in-chief of Black Expressions Book Club, an award-winning book club and the  largest African American club in the nation. She has been named among the 50 Most Powerful African-Americans In Publishing by Black Issues Book Review and has been featured in Literary Divas: The Top  100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature. Widely recognized as a leading expert on  African-American book buyers, Mackey sits on the Board for the National Book Club Conference. She has  appeared on CBS-TV’s morning news show in New York and is often interviewed by other media outlets on the state of African American publishing. She lives in New York with her family.

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A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Peace & Blessings,

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