Book Review: Work Shift

My friend Anne Bogel (aka Modern Mrs. Darcy) recently released her first ebook, Work Shift. It’s about creating a better blend of work, life, and family – the key word being blend.

And it’s amazing. Seriously.

Honestly, when I offered to review it, I wasn’t so sure how relevant it would be to me personally. Right now, I’m unable to work a regular job. And my husband has several. And we don’t have any kids yet. So I wasn’t sure how applicable its message was going to be for this season in our lives.

But as I dove in and started reading, I was surprised at how relevant it was. For me. For right now.

Anne starts off Work Shift with some background explanation, looking at traditional work practices through the years. She mentions how our current perceived work/family dichotomy is actually invalid: we no longer have a hard and fast divide between those two areas of life.

She offers examples of children working alongside their parents, of whole-family businesses that allow both commerce and family to thrive. And she lists specific benefits of that practice for each spouse, for the children, and even for the family as a whole.

And then it gets to the part I really appreciated: how to make it work for YOU. In Work Shift, Anne doesn’t just offer some good ideas and leave you wondering how to apply them. She offers real-life examples of how to make it work.

She goes phase-by-phase through different stages of life: from pre-children, to nursing mothers, to empty-nesters. And where she can’t offer examples from her own life, she brings in other women who have blended work and family successfully, and shares their stories. And she even includes those often-overlooked categories: single parents, traditional 8-5’ers, and the currently unemployed.

Work Shift offers real-life examples from women in all sorts of careers, in all stages of life.

And that’s why it’s relevant to me, right now. I may not have regular work right now – but it gives me ideas of how to think that way, how to prepare for whenever this season might change. It offers concrete examples of how to overcome specific issues, and barriers to blending work and family.

And it gives me hope that such an idea is actually possible.

But there’s so much more packed into this book! And so I’m offering one of you the chance to win a copy for yourself! {Note: If you’re reading this in an email or RSS feed, you may need to click through to the blog to see the entry form.}


If you want to learn more about the book, visit Anne’s site, While there, you can glance over the Table of Contents, get a sneak preview of Chapter 2, and learn a little more about Anne. And of course, you can download your own copy, or purchase it for your Kindle, for just $8. 


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Disclaimer: I was given a free preview copy in exchange for sharing my review. All opinions expressed herein are my own. This post also includes my affiliate links, and I receive compensation for any purchases made through these links.



11 thoughts on “Book Review: Work Shift

  1. Thanks for posting this review! I’ve been seeing it on various other blogs!

  2. Hi! I just wanted to say I enjoyed your post on redeeming social media on Time Warp Wife!

    I also noticed that you have Wegener’s Granulomatosis. That caught my eye because a good friend’s 24 year old son was just diagnosed with that. Totally unexpected! Do you have any posts about that condition on your blog that I could read more about?? Or you may email me at if you have any encouragement or tips.

    1. Elizabeth, I’ll send you an email shortly, but here’s a link to all the posts I’ve written about dealing with Wegener’s –

  3. This comes at a time when God may be preparing me for something in the near future.

  4. I have been eying this book and would love to read it!

  5. I’m torn about my dream career… full-time creativity — crafting, writing, photographing? Or Biblical counselor. Can I be both? (I’m nearing 50; you’d think I’d know what I want to be when I grow up by now!)

    1. I love your interests. I’m trying to find a blend of writing/cardmaking & counseling… I think it’s possible!

  6. Excited to read this!

    1. Dream job?? hmm… something I could do from home, to make some money, but not full time so I could still homeschool and be here for my kids and husband first… guess that’s pretty generic, but right now I couldn’t imagine working outside of the home. I’m so blessed to be able to be home!

  7. Sounds like an interesting read! Thanks for linking up with WIP!

  8. […] ♦ And another brand new ebook, this one by Anne Bogel – Work Shift: How to create a better blend of work, life, and family. Read my review here. […]

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