Change Agent: Engaging Your Passion to Be the One Who Makes a Difference Paperback – Aug 9 2011
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About the Author
Os Hillman is the president of Marketplace Leaders, the author of twelve books, and writes a daily e-mail devotional called TGIF Today God Is First, which has over 200,000 subscribers worldwide. He has been featured on CNBC and NBC, in the LA Times and New York Times, and in other media as a spokesperson on faith and culture. Os attended the University of South Carolina and lives in the Atlanta metro area.
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In addition to my duties as Director of the Technology Transfer Center for Louisiana Tech University, I am COO of a small high tech business and am paid staff as the Director of the two year Bible School based in our church. I have struggled in the past with the notion of what kind of man I am called to be since I seem to be called in so many directions. "Change Agent" has helped bring clarity to who and what I am as a change agent of God and has helped confirm in my heart that all my life experiences and training have prepared me for this role. Several years ago, the Lord told me that he was arranging a "marvelous confluence" of skills and abilities to prepare me for what he had called me to do. This book has helped me to see that I am not alone in this type of calling. I highly recommend it for Professionals who have struggled with their ministry identity as I have.
Although I have seen Os speak, this is his first book that I've read...but it won't be the last. Unfortunately, so many contemporary Christian books are little more than "spiritual bubblegum," which initially tastes good but then gets stale and loses its effect; they leave no beneficial long-term impact. But not this one! This is not a book that the author quickly pulled together in a year or two; it's immediately evident that the wisdom contained within "Change Agent" was gathered over a lifetime. The book has genuine depth, but it's also broken into extremely manageable pieces and parts that anyone can easily digest and apply to life.
Each chapter will inspire and equip you to break out of the shell that our culture has built around you, so you can be all that God designed you to be. Buy it...read it...allow it to marinate deep within you...and then buy copies for all of your friends. I wish I had a book like this 20 years ago.
This is a great book if you feel like your 'secular' job has no 'sacred' meaning because it takes you to a place where you feel that you can be an agent for good, Christ-centered love in your workplace.
As I already work at a church, I had a hard time sympathizing with the painting Os was trying to paint about people who work in unfulfilled careers. I also never saw what someone does as a 'secular' career not having 'sacred' value. I always felt that people can leave an impact where they are, whether that be as a mother, politician, pastor or post-man. But I can also see how someone picking up this book from the other spectrum might feel those things and this book would be highly valuable for them.
If you want a road-map to guide you toward being a change agent in your office, neighborhood or industry, then this is a good start.