We were created by an infinitely creative God to reflect his love and character to the world. One way we do that is by continuing his creative work. In this energizing book, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author Jordan Raynor helps artists, entrepreneurs, writers, and other creatives reimagine our work as service to God and others, addressing such penetrating questions as
- Is my work as a creative really as God-honoring as that of a pastor or missionary?
- What does it look like to create not to make a name for myself but to glorify God and serve others?
- How can I use my work to fulfill Jesus's command to create disciples?
- Will what I make today matter in eternity?
To answer these questions, Raynor shares compelling stories from an eclectic group of 40+ Christian entrepreneurs, including the founders of TOMS Shoes, Charity: Water, Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger, Guinness, HTC, and Sevenly, as well as nontraditional entrepreneurs such as C. S. Lewis, Johann Sebastian Bach, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Raynor's "show" rather than "tell," story-driven style makes you feel as if you are sitting at the feet of some of the godliest and most successful entrepreneurs of all time.
Perfectly poised to reach today's growing creative class, this unique work restores God's position as the first entrepreneur, helping readers see the eternal value in the work they do today.
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About the Author
Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and bestselling author who leads a growing community of Christians following God's call to create. He currently serves as the CEO of the venture-backed tech startup, Threshold 360. He is also a cofounder of Citizinvestor, the world's largest crowdfunding platform for government projects. His book Startup Stories debuted in the #1 bestseller spot in multiple Amazon categories, including entrepreneurship and Christian business. Jordan has twice been selected as a Google Fellow and served in the Bush White House in 2006. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and their two young daughters.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Calling
1 The First Entrepreneur 23
2 The Goodness of Work 37
3 Discerning Our Calling 51
Part 2 Creating
4 Why We Create 69
5 What We Create 83
6 How We Create 99
Part 3 Challenges
7 Trust, Hustle, and Rest 119
8 Responding to Failure 135
9 Renewing Our Minds 151
Part 4 Charge
10 Commanded to Create Disciples 169
11 The Purpose of Profit 189
12 Creating for the Kingdom 205
About the Author 223
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was very inspiring, challenging and compelling to read with also giving you more confidence and power up of your ability changing life to be the greatest one of God had been creating us by to be continue on his work and the as a entrepreneur to fulfill Jesus’ command to create disciples and embrace God’s call to create in your life and to the other. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Baker Book Bloggers for this review”.
Book Overview This book is aimed toward the Christian entrepreneur. Raynor focuses on how we should conduct ourselves as Christians running a business in a world that does not know what that means. He shares stories from his own life and from very well-known Christian entrepreneurs. He repeatedly shows us how they each glorify God in their daily lives as business owners. I found this book to be more than a business book. I surmise that this book can be a very valuable resource outside of the business realm, too. It has some very valuable lessons on how we should live in this world from God's perspective. What I loved I loved the stories of real people living their lives for God's glory. Many of his examples go against the flow of what the world thinks business should look like. The book is loaded with scripture and biblical accuracy in his approach. Raynor took a very thoughtful approach to work in general and how we should view work from a biblical perspective. He spent time on topics such as dealing with money, being creative, buzz words in the business world and what they mean for us as Christians. My favorite was how we should approach failure as Christians. I felt that was important because failure does happen in creative business endeavors. What I did not love The repeated reference to God as "The First Entrepreneur" was bothersome to me. God is Father, Creator, Healer, Redeemer, Sustainer, etc... but He is certainly not an entrepreneur. It just gave the wrong picture of God... he is not a businessman in a three piece suit trying to sell me something. I know that was Raynor's "hook" but it did not work for me. I wish that this book had been a little more about the creative side of work than the business side of work. Outside of that the book was truly excellent in it's encouragement for creative entrepreneurs to seek to live and work for God's glory. I would certainly recommend this book to any of my entrepreneur friends and family. I would give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.