Book Review | Love or Work

Love or Work by Andre’ and Jeff Shinabarger is a great resource for anyone looking to make sense out of the craziness! The book confirms, yet again, that there truly is no work/life balance, but instead there are intentional choices that we each have to make on a daily basis. There are some really funny things in this book that you will be able to identify with and then there are some things that are going to hit a little harder than you might have expected. It’s a great and helpful read and I’d definitely recommend it!

I highlighted several things while reading and have posted those notes below…

  • What you should grasp from this book is that life isn’t about having it all together (or worse, pretending you have it all together); it’s about constantly admitting that you don’t. p. xi
  • I wasn’t created to do it all; I was created to experience the freedom of clarity.  Sometimes the joy is in the journey, not the destination. p. xii
  • “Think about what you want to be known for.  Is it that you had a significant career or were a fantastic father? Why is it that we expect our families to be more flexible than our work?” – Angelo Spinola p. 24
  • When faced with two good things, how do you decide which one wins? p. 29
  • What is your sweet spot that brings together what you love, what you are good at, what the world needs, and what you can get paid to do? Purpose has to do with using the abilities you have to solve the problems you feel called to address. p. 59
  • “Love is a partnership of two unique people who bring out the very best in each other, and who know that even though they are wonderful as individuals, they are even better together.” – Barbara Cage p. 95
  • As more noises in our lives demand attention, we end up giving the most attention to the loudest ones, even when those are the least important. p. 98
  • Why do we let the push notifications compete with the voices of the people who matter most? p. 99
  • I think we all have junk in our past and present that we want to hide.  May we all realize that the darkness, the burnout, the loud noises do not need to be edited from our picture; they need to be stewarded into our healing. p. 120
  • To create kids who will change the world, it is important for them to see the world. p. 143
  • Thinking with an abundance mentality helps the village because we want to share with others, collaborate, trust and build rapport, strive to grow together, adn believe the best in each other.  People who believe in abundance are always generous, even if they don’t have much. p. 207
  • Abundance is living life open-handed. p. 207
  • Love and work is possible when we believe we are better together than we are on our own. p. 227

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