Few books adeptly addresses the conundrum of work from a Christian world view. Work is such a consuming part of our lives, often unsatisfying, yet there is something good about work that both the Biblical text and even Ayn Rand (a vocal critic of Christianity) acknowledges. And it’s a common quest for people to want to find meaning to work, and the meaning of life, though often without a metaphysical or religious framework.
- to further social justice in the world
- to be personally honest and evangelize your colleagues
- to just do skillful, excellent work
- to create beauty
- to work from a Christian motivation to glorify God, seeking to engage and influence culture to that end
- to work with a grateful, joyful, gospel-changed heart through all the ups and downs
- to do whatever gives you the greatest joy and passion
- to make as much money as you can, so that you can be as generous as you can
By contrast, this new book Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Dr. Tim Keller with Katherine Leary Alsdorf released this week and ably presents a robust understanding of work– the desire, the difficulty, and the satisfaction of work. (ed.note: I substituted my own words here for the book’s 3 sections; and I do wonder why the book wasn’t named “The Meaning of Work”)
And courtesy of Dutton, Penguin Group (USA), I’m giving away a free hardcover copy of Every Good Endeavor here at djchuang.com (which is host to the first Tim Keller web page on the internet.) Win a copy of the book by doing at least 1 of these 4 tasks – add a comment, tweet this contest, like the facebook.com/DuttonPenguin page, and/or follow @DuttonBooks on twitter. 4 chances to win! Contest ends on 11/15 12:00am midnight Eastern Time.
[disclosure: I received a review copy of this book]