Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work (Hardcover)

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work (Hardcover)
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Keller, Timothy; Alsdorf, Katherine

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New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller shows how God calls on each of us to express meaning and purpose through our work and careers.

In a work world that is increasingly competitive and insecure, people often have nagging questions: Why am I doing this work? Why is it so hard? And is there anything I can do about it?

Tim Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and the “New York Times” bestselling author of “The Reason for God,” has taught and counseled students, young professionals, and senior leaders on the subject of work and calling for more than twenty years. Now he pulls his insights into a thoughtful and practical book for readers everywhere, giving biblical perspectives on such pressing questions as:

  • What is the purpose of work?
  • How can I find meaning and serve customers in a cutthroat, bottom–line–oriented workplace?
  • How can I use my skills in a vocation that has meaning and purpose?
  • Can I stay true to my values and still advance in my field?
  • How do I make the difficult choices that must be made in the course of a successful career?

With deep conviction and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about work today. 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. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest.

About the Authors

Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginian. In 1989, he started Redeemer Presbyterian church in New York City with is wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start nearly two hundred new churches around the world. Also the author of The Meaning of Marriage, King's Cross, Generous Justice, Counterfeit God's, The Prodigal God, and The Reason for God, Timothy Keller lives in New York City with his family. Connect online at timothykeller.com

Katherine Leary Alsdorf worked twenty-five years in the high-tech industry as an economic analyst and in various executive leadership positions. After her CEO roles at One Touch Systems and Pensare, Redeemer Presbyterian Church recruited Katherine to lead the church's efforts in marketplace ministry, now called the Center for Faith & Work, which has grown to serve more than two thousand people a year. Katherine has served on the boards of the International Arts Movement, the Fellowship for the Performing Arts, and the Theology of Work Project. Connect online at faithandwork.org

Book Details

287 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Group
Publication Date: November 2012
ISBN 10: 0525952705
ISBN 13: 9780525952701

“If it is read in a book club setting, the discussion atmosphere will enhance its potential to be a life –changing book that turns readers from idolatry, despair, and frustration to a vision of eternal satisfaction in Christ and a practical agenda for the present.”
– Stephen P. Lewis, wtsbooks.com staff; ordained minister (PCA); current PhD student, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Theologically rich and philosophically informed, yet accessible and filled with practical wisdom. Drawing on decades of study and ministry, Every Good Endeavor may soon become one of the most important contemporary books on faith and work.”
– Comment Magazine

“Another masterpiece...well–reasoned [and] comprehensive...Every Good Endeavor deftly explains how we can relish and enjoy our work while honoring God and serving others, all the while avoiding the extremes of negativity on the one hand and idolatry on the other.”
– The Gospel Coalition

“While others have written more scholarly defenses of the theology of vocation, Every Good Endeavor is the most accessible and helpful book I’ve ever read on integrating a Christian perspective with our daily work—-whether that work be “blue-collar” or “white-collar,” physical or mental, menial or high-profile. Moreover, Keller simultaneously (and winsomely) speaks to non-Christians who are trying to make sense of the frustrations and pleasures of their work lives. . .(Read the full review.)”
– Alex Chediak, Associate Professor of Engineering and Physics, California Baptist University, author of Thriving at College: Making Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World!