The Integrated Life: Experience the Powerful Advantage of Integrating Your Faith and Work

The Integrated Life: Experience the Powerful Advantage of Integrating Your Faith and Work

by Kenneth A Eldred


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984091119
Publisher: Elevate Publishing
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,295,558
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mr. Eldred has founded numerous successful companies, including Ariba Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARBA), the leader in the Internet business-to-business industry, and Inmac, which went public in 1987 and later merged with Micro Warehouse. He was named Silicon Valley "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 1988. Internationally, Mr. Eldred is co-founder and director of Epicenter Technologies, a 1,000-person call center business based in India. He has also founded other ventures in Europe and China. Currently, Mr. Eldred is an investor and founder/CEO of Living Stones Foundation Charitable Trust, where he focuses his efforts primarily on charitable projects. He serves on the Board of Advisors for Crosspoint Venture Partners, named by Forbes as the most successful venture firm for three years in a row. Mr. Eldred is also chairman of Parakletos Venture Capital. He is in much demand as a speaker and as an advisor to various business ventures. Mr. Eldred holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was the Lauder Executive-in-Residence at Auburn University School of Business and was named a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Mr. Eldred is the author of God Is at Work: Transforming People and Nations Through Business (Regal Books, 2005; Manna, 2009), named the number one book in the field by the Business as Mission Network, and the co-editor of On Kingdom Business: Transforming Missions through Entrepreneurial Strategies (Crossway Books, 2003), winner of a 2004 Christianity Today Book Award. He has been profiled in Executive Influence by Christopher A. Crane and Mike Hamel (NavPress, 2003).

Read an Excerpt

What if we recognized a deep connection between faith and business? What if biblical values weren’t roadblocks but actually the source of successful business? What if the real goal of business were more noble than profit maximization? What if we could see our everyday work as having spiritual value? What if we could approach it as ministry? What if it were our calling, a calling as high as that of a pastor or missionary? What if God cared deeply about our work and wanted to be involved? And what if we could even partner with him in our business? That’s the paradigm of work and faith that forms the basis of the integrated life.

Table of Contents

Dedication xi

Foreword xiii

Part I The Way Things Are 1

Chapter 1 Unanswered Questions 3

Chapter 2 Trying to Keep Up 13

Chapter 3 The Compartmentalized Life 22

Part II What I Didn't Learn in Business School 37

Chapter 4 The Real Goal of Business 39

Chapter 5 Where Do Business Principles Come From? 52

Chapter 6 Spiritual Capital: The Missing Leg of the Stool 64

Part III What I Didn't Learn in Church 79

Chapter 7 Profit & Wealth-The Great Bugaboos! 81

Chapter 8 The Spiritual Role of Work and Business 92

Chapter 9 Unmasking the Common Goal of Church and Business 109

Part IV Increasing Your Spiritual Joy While Impacting Your Work 125

Chapter 10 Partnering with God to Leverage Your Results 127

Chapter 11 Living Your Faith at Work 143

Chapter 12 Serving Others to the Glory of God 154

Part V Living the Integrated Business Life 169

Chapter 13 The Shepherd of the Ritz 171

Chapter 14 Transforming the Marketplace 186

Chapter 15 Venturing into the Integrated Business Life 194

Author's Note 203

Acknowledgements 205

Appendix 208

A That's What Christians Do Now 208

B Personal Biblical Values in Business 211

C Livery Companies of the City of London 215

D Resources for Further Exploration 218

Endnotes 219

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Ken Eldred writes compellingly about the ‘Sunday-Monday Gap,’ sharing real-life examples of how this split impoverishes both our faith life and our business life. Eldred takes us out of this false choice, and offers wonderful wisdom and stories about how to live an integrated and abundant life.” Professor David W. Miller, Director, Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative

“For years I have been blessed and challenged by the life and ministry of Ken Eldred. My prayer is that this book will challenge many to live out their faith in the high-pressure world of business, technology, and finance in the same real, vibrant, and pervasive way.” Dr. Luis Palau, World Evangelist

“Ken Eldred has addressed a topic that has confused and bewildered Christians for years—how to reconcile your faith and your work. Whether you are a CEO or a bagboy at the supermarket, this book will show you how you can transform people, organizations and communities by serving others to glorify God.” Dr. John E. Mulford, Former Dean of Graduate School of Business, Regent University

“Dr. Eldred’s unique added distinctive is his skill to translate spiritual values into the business equation where it connects and convinces the most astute MBA. Never have I heard a man who speaks with greater effect upon an audience! … a must read, chock full of the nuggets of wisdom that have made Dr. Eldred such a rare find!” Dr. Jerry Johnston, Senior Pastor, First Family Church, Kansas City, Kansas

“I have been privileged to work with Ken Eldred for 40 years and watch him truly integrate his faith and business skills to build profitable businesses and impact lives in the marketplace. This book can be instrumental in helping believers to integrate their faith and their work to be personally fulfilled and more successful as they work to transform the marketplace and society.” John B. Mumford, Founding Partner, Crosspoint Venture Partners

“Ken Eldred has proven his extraordinary gifts in the areas of faith and business over the years, and now he has been proficient in connecting these two crucial elements of success seamlessly in his latest book … I highly recommend that you read and study Ken Eldred’s latest book which is tremendous in its scope and vision.” Dr. Yonggi Cho, Founding Pastor, Yoido Full Gospel Church, Seoul, Korea

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