Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure

Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure

by Nancy J Nordenson
Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure
Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure

Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure

by Nancy J Nordenson

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What do you want to be when you grow up? The answers were our childhood dreams. The reality of adulthood is that what we are and do now is what we became. Finding Livelihood is a book about work for grown-ups. It's about not just the work we thought we wanted but the work we found and the work that found us. It's also about the work we have lost.

At once a shrewd challenge of Buechner’s assertion that “the place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet” and also a lyrical journey to the place where labor and love meet, Finding Livelihood explores the tensions between the planned life and the given, between desire and need, between aspirations and limits. Through story, collage, and juxtaposition, Finding Livelihood invites you to consider work in its many facets. Who gets to decide if our work is “good”? How do we deal with forces and routines that leave us longing for escape? How do questions about money and meaning change when you are holding a pink slip in your hand? How are we transformed when our current work becomes part of a spiritual journey that encompasses all of life? Drawing from thinkers as diverse as St. Aquinas, Josef Pieper, and Simone Weil, Nordenson affirms the doctrine of Imago Dei and brings it into the real world of work: a world full of brokenness and hope, of dead-end jobs and live-saving interventions, of daily bread and transcendent meaning. In the midst of it all, we find our livelihood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733684606
Publisher: Metaxu Press
Publication date: 05/15/2019
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Nancy J. Nordenson is an author and essayist whose work has appeared in Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Indiana Review, Comment, and in other publications and anthologies. Her essays have earned multiple "notable" recognitions in the Best American Essays and Best Spiritual Writing anthologies, and Pushcart Prize nominations. Nancy holds an MFA in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University, and by day, she earns her living as a medical writer. Nancy and her husband live in Minneapolis. For more information, visit and

Table of Contents

What This Book Is and Is Not

Travels in Sunshine City: On the Point of Launch

Case Study: On the Method of Exploration

Summa Laborum I: On What Is Good Work (A Debate)

Metrics: On Measuring Significance

First Author, et Al., ad Infinitum: On Who Gets Credit

Breath and Blood: On Giving Your Life

Still in French Airspace: On Looking Out and Up

Witness: On Seeing Each Other

Two-Part Invention: On the Practice of Divided Attention

Break: On Buffers

Away We Go: On Longing for Escape (Or Is It Freedom?)

Summa Laborum II: On Money's Place (A Debate)

A Place at the Table: On Managing Pink Slips

Spinning and Being Spun: On Where Guidance Comes From

Summa Laborum III: On Who Gets Called and For What (A Debate)

One Thousand and One Tales of Now: On Timing

Centripedal Centrifugal Counterpoise: On Reimagining Work

Body of Work: On the Hope of Brokenness

Physiology Lessons: On How Things Work Together

Portrait Gallery: On Imago Dei and Countenance

A Challenge and A Benediction

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