Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work

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New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller shows how God calls 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 New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God...

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller shows how God calls 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 New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God as well as The Skeptical Student in the Encounters with Jesus ebook series, and many others, has taught and counseled students, young professionals, and senior leaders on the subject of work and calling for more than twenty years. Now he puts his insights into a 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 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. 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.

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The average American spends 90,000 hours during their life working, yet personal fulfillment seems in short supply. In fact, eighty percent of us admit dissatisfication with our jobs. To this quagmire, Presbyterian pastor and author Timothy Keller (The Meaning of Marriage; The Reason for God) brings a keen sense of the spiritual dimensions of these problems. From decades of counseling men and women of all ages on their daily lives, he knows and trusts the value of biblical perspectives on workplace issues. In this clear, measured book, he shares insights about how we can give those 90,000 hours more meaning and purpose. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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Pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Keller is heard by thousands of congregants on Sunday morning—and his best-selling spirituality titles are read by millions. Here he considers how believers can find meaning and maintain their values in the jungle-out-there world of business today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594632822
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 58,051
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Keller

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, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his 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 Generous Justice, Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God, King’s Cross, The Meaning of Marriage, and The Reason for God, Timothy Keller lives in New York City with his family.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Katherine Leary Alsdorf 11

Introduction 18

Part 1 God's Plan for Work 31

1 The Design of Work 33

2 The Dignity of Work 44

3 Work as Cultivation 54

4 Work as Service 64

Part 2 Our Problems with Work 81

5 Work Becomes Fruitless 83

6 Work Becomes Pointless 98

7 Work Becomes Selfish 113

8 Work Reveals Our Idols 129

Part 3 The Gospel and Work 153

9 A New Story for Work 155

10 A New Conception of Work 183

11 A New Compass for Work 198

12 New Power for Work 226

Epilogue: Leading People to Integrate Faith and Work 242

Notes 254

Acknowledgments 285

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Inspiring

    I always appreciate Timothy Keller's insights and this book doesn't disappoint. It's helped me feel better about what I'm doing and where I'm going and why I'm doing it all (which is perhaps the most important part of it all). Keller artfully ties in script and stories to help demonstrate his point. If you're questioning your vocation, this is a must-read.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

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    Bloodlines adds to the discussion of race relations by its full

    Bloodlines adds to the discussion of race relations by its full throated enthusiasm for how the Christian gospel offers unique and real solutions to cultural, ethnic and racial divisions, particularly in a Western context. This book is primarily a Biblical exegesis, driven by local church, pastoral concerns, about the particular problems of racism and how to bring peace and harmony to long standing, seemingly intractable problems.




    I was first interested in this book because the author, recently retired Minnesota pastor, John Piper, grew up in a neighborhood near me, and describes a local world, the American South, on the cusp of desegregation, of 50 years ago, that I am certainly familiar with. Piper's context, and his own personal observation about himself, that he was a functional, cultural racist during his teen years, coming from the dominant white culture of the time, is something that I can understand well. His personal biography, leading to seeking and mining Biblical truths concerning ethnic and racial divisions, while in graduate school, and even later seeking intentionally to move to a non white majority neighborhood in Minneapolis, MN, gives credence to his desire to incarnation-ally live a life that embraces a Biblical call for all nations and groups to worship Christ.




    He addressed contemporary concerns while showing how he believes that concerns outside the realm of the healing power of the Christian gospel can only offer a patch. For instance, his teaching that diversity without harmony, is not a long term solution resonates. While dealing with contemporary culture, this is not a book of politics, but rather an attempt by one Christian pastor to address longstanding divisions with the direct application of Biblical exegesis.




    Piper is known for his passion and embrace and desire to expand an understanding of God's glory, from the context of conservative, Reformation Protestantism. The writing in this volume desires more than to impart information. The text is written warmly and clearly, but it also desires for the reader to change and to consider their own life privileges, ethno centrism, and snobbery and personal self righteousness of place and culture, so that the reader would engage with a full hearted passion, where they live now, to effect real Biblical harmony, love, and respect as well, for all people.

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