Behind the Bottom Line: Powering Business Life with Spirtual Wisdom


In Behind the Bottom Line, authors Stephen R. Graves and Thomas G. Addington offer a guide for businesspeople to discover "commerce theology." The book shows how to develop a spiritual plan of action and take biblical thinking into the business and professional world.

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In Behind the Bottom Line, authors Stephen R. Graves and Thomas G. Addington offer a guide for businesspeople to discover "commerce theology." The book shows how to develop a spiritual plan of action and take biblical thinking into the business and professional world.

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"Steve and Tom have captured the most compelling questions that gnaw at every executive that daily lives the overwhelming contradictions between success in the workplace and a divinely purposed life. In the world of commerce, where we flex the muscles of ambition, power, entrepreneurial creativity, and influence, what assures that fellowship, grace, and a godly legacy result? This book probes the foundations of the world of commerce, and leadership success models in light of a deeper drive to leverage those very factors of success in a more significant and satisfying way."
— Mark (Denny) Weinberg, executive vice president and chief development officer, WellPoint

"Were busy. We're conflicted. Yet this book offers simple insights on how to integrate spiritual principles into our leadership methods and our workplace. No longer do the secular and spiritual worlds have to operate independently."
— David M. Weekley, chairman and CEO, David Weekly Homes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787964672
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/20/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen R. Graves and Thomas G. Addington have been business partners for over a decade. For the last twelve years, they have been exploring how to blend business excellence with biblical wisdom through consulting, teaching, mentoring, and writing around the world. This mission statement, originally scratched out on a breakfast napkin early one morning twelve years ago, has been their "never lost" system as they have journeyed through a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors and experiments. They founded Cornerstone Group Consulting and the Life@Work journal, they speak regularly in business, ministry, and academic settings, they publish frequently, they serve on national boards, and they are active in coaching leaders toward the finish line. Both hold a doctorate, both are deeply devoted to their families, and both love the never-ending challenge of meshing real life with the message of Jesus. They are the authors of Life@Work on Leadership: Enduring Insights for Men and Women of Faith (Jossey-Bass, 2002).

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Table of Contents



1. Power and the Reactor Factor.

2. The Gospel of Change.

3. Clearing the Confusion About Money.

4. The Object of Our Ambition.

5. Ethics and the Gates of Babylon.

6. Juggling Life Without Dropping the Ball.

7. The Forgotten Role of Stewardship.

8. The Partnering Puzzle-Two Are Better Than One.

9. An Exceptional Calling-With No Exceptions.

10. Why Rest When There's So Much to Do?

11. More Than a Dreamer.

12. Taking a New Look at Innovation.

13. The Spirit of Entrepreneurship.

14. Marketplace Grace.

15. What Kind of Legacy Will You Leave Behind?

The Authors.

About Cornerstone Group.


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