The subtitle to When Work and Family Collide is "Keeping Your Job from Cheating Your Family", and was previously released as Choosing to Cheat (I like the new title much better). The author's premise is that people (often men) spend too much time at work in order to get ahead, be successful, or achieve some goals or dreams they have but in the process they sacrifice, or cheat, something else more important and lasting - family.
The book is broken into two parts: the internal processes that desire success over family relationships, and how to change this so that it's reversed. As with other Stanley books, this one has an easy-to-read style that feels more like a conversation than a book. It's full of stories of people's lives, which I greatly appreciated because it enabled me to see parts of myself in each of them, allowing me to evaluate myself from different perspectives.
- Make up your mind
- Create a plan
- Set up a test
Overall, this is a little book that can have a big impact, and one I will probably skim through every so often to keep myself and my schedule in check with what my true priorities are. I would easily recommend this book to Christian friends who struggle with imbalances in their life or to purchase and donate to your church's library. It's definitely a great tool for pastors and counselors to access to help the people they serve.