Work concerns us all. We spend more of our waking hours working than doing anything else. The importance of our work and the need to reflect on it more fully and meaningfully in a great need in the church. Here are some resources to help you do that:
Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, by Tom Nelson.
This is probably the best book to begin exploring how your work connects to your relationship with God. the author provides a sound but readable overview of biblical perspectives on work, and examines how God uses our work, even the ordinary and routine, to transform us and to reveal our gifts and calling.
The Fabric of This World: Inquiries Into Calling, Career Choice, and the Design of Human Work, by Lee Hardy.
In part one of this highly relevant book, Hardy reflects on the classical and medieval disparagement of work and moves on to show how the Protestant Reformers Luther and Calvin challenged this view by articulating the concept of calling, which gave new sense of religious dignity to work. In contrast to the modern secular tendency to either glorify or vilify work, the Christian understanding of vocation regards our work as ongoing participation in god’s creative work through the use of our gifts in service to others. In Part Two, he gives practical wisdom in the personal issue of career choice and the larger issue of job design.
JobShift: How to Get Along in a Workplace Without Jobs, by William Bridges.
This book is not written for a Christian audience but for the business community, yet it is a most insightful book on the new work rules of the emerging technological society. It present an excellent work opportunity for creative Christians who understand the emerging culture.
Redeeming the Time: A Christian Approach to Work and Leisure, by Leland Ryken.
This book by a literature professor at Wheaton College is one of the best contemporary books on work and leisure. He builds a biblical theology of work, addresses the balance between work and leisure, and gives an introduction to the concept of calling through the writings of the Puritans.
Shop Class As Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford. (Online essay).
Manual labor and the work of artisans is often denigrated in modern life. My high school offered mechanical drawing, woodworking, and metalworking, but these kind of classes have disappeared in modern secondary education. Crawford seeks to rehabilitate these kinds of work, and also shows how they can be both personally and financially rewarding.