Book Recommendations for Gospel & Work

January 14, 2014 // Articles+Book Reviews

Below are some wonderful resources to encourage, inspire and educate you on how to use your career to further the kingdom of God. The team that is hosting the Gospel and Work conference at The Summit Church put together this list of beneficial reading on this topic.

“Every Good Endeavor” by Tim Keller
Topic: The theology of work

With deep insight and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about our work. In fact, the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life.

“Just Walk Across the Room” by Bill Hybels
Topic: Workplace evangelism

What if you knew that by simply crossing the room and saying hello to someone, you could change that person’s forever? Just a few steps can make an eternal difference. All you need is a heart that’s in tune with the Holy Spirit and a willingness to venture out of your ‘Circle of Comfort’ and into another person’s life.  Hybels encourages you to ‘live in 3D’ … Developing friendships, Discovering stories, Discerning appropriate next steps … as a means of learning to understand the Holy Spirit’s promptings.

“Burnout” by Brad Hambrick
Topic: Managing time and schedule

Brad Hambrick argues that burnout is actually a consequence of our life management, and he shows us how to create a time budget to avoid living beyond our means with the time God has provided. He helps us remember to rest in God s fairness rather than trying to gain his acceptance.

“Treasure Principle” by Randy Alcorn
Topic: Joyful giving

Readers are moved from the realms of thoughtful Bible exposition into the highly personal arena of everyday life. Because when Jesus told His followers to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” He intended that they discover an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and His children maximum pleasure. Discover a joy more precious than gold

“Margin” By Richard Swensen
Topic: Managing time and schedule

Margin is the space that once existed between ourselves and our limits. Today we use margin just to get by. This book is for anyone who yearns for relief from the pressure of overload. The benefits can be good health, financial stability, fulfilling relationships, and availability for God’s purpose. Reevaluate your priorities, determine the value of rest and simplicity in your life, and see where your identity really comes from

“Counterfeit Gods” by Tim Keller
Topic: Idolatry in the workplace

Harsh economic realities are casting new light on the pursuits of sex, money, and success for happiness: careers, fortunes, marriages, and retirement security have collapsed. Many feel lost, disenchanted, and resentful. In this inspiring new book, Timothy Keller, reveals the unvarnished truth about faith, our hearts’ desires, and the pursuit of happiness-and where all of it can ultimately be found

“Fruit at Work” by Chris Evans
Topic: Living out faith through work

Do you feel as though you have to choose between growing spiritually and growing professionally? Does it seem like the pursuit of profit conflicts with honoring God’s principles? Does your work environment undermine your faith and core values? Join successful entrepreneur Chris Evans as he explores how to develop the fruit described in the Bible and uncovers a natural and sustainable way to grow and demonstrate your faith at work.

“When Helping Hurts” by Steve Corbett
Topic: Alleviation of poverty

With more than 225,000 copies sold, When Helping Hurts is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and ministry to those in need. Emphasizing the poverty of both heart and society, this book exposes the need that every person has and how it can be filled.

“A Praying Life” by Paul Miller
Topic: Connecting broken pieces of life through prayer

Author Paul Miller shares his insights and conclusions about how to connect the broken pieces of your life and allow prayer—even poorly delivered—to fill the gaps with meaning and substance. Miller’s down-to-earth approach and practical nature will help you see that your relationship with God can grow and your communication with Him can get better.

“Courageous Leadership” by Bill Hybels
Topic: Comprehensive leadership

The book resonates with this conviction: that leaders such as you have the potential to be the most influential forces on planet Earth. Yours is the staggering responsibility and the matchless privilege of rallying believers and mobilizing their spiritual gifts in order to help people who are far from God become fully devoted followers of Christ.

 “Visioneering” by Andy Stanley
Topic: God’s blueprint for developing and maintaining vision

In the bestselling Visioneering, Stanley builds a compelling case for the necessity of a clear, God-ordained vision for each of the roles of your life. Whether you’re a parent with a vision for your children or a CEO pursuing a corporate vision, Visioneering is the perfect tool to help you develop and maintain God’s unique purpose for your life.

“Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper
Topic: Desiring God

John Piper’s plea to a generation is, “Don’t waste your life!” This book is a passionate call to make your life count for eternity. He acknowledges that there are risks for those who seek to make a lasting difference by faith, yet he believes that they are risks worth taking for the cause of the Gospel.

“Radical” by David Platt
Topic: Taking back your faith from the American dream

In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple—then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a “successful” suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

“Choosing to Cheat” by Andy Stanley
Topic: Time management

Work. Family. Church. Hobbies. Fitness. Housekeeping. Socializing. Sleep. With only 24 hours in each day, we simply can’t fit everything in. And what we choose to cheat is a clear announcement of our values. When you come home an hour earlier, miss a round of golf, or let the dishes sit while you play with your child, you make your family feel valued and secure. Bestselling author Andy Stanley helps you restore your vision of what really matters – and guides you in making courageous decisions about your time.

“Risk is Right” by John Piper
Topic: Better to lose your life than waste it

Discover in these pages a foundation for fearlessness. Hear God’s promise to go with you into the unknown. And let Risk Is Right help you see the joys of a faith-filled and seriously rewarding life of Jesus-dependent abandon!