- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (July 1 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1594632820
- ISBN-13: 978-1594632822
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 20.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
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Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work Paperback – Jul 1 2014
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"Tim Keller's ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him." —Billy Graham
"This is the book I give to all my friends who are serious spiritual seekers or skeptics." —Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, on The Reason for God
"Theologically rich and philosophically informed, yet accessible and filled with practical wisdom. Drawing on decades of study and ministry, Every Good Endeavor may soon become one of the most important contemporary books on faith and work." —Comment magazine
"Another masterpiece . . . Well-reasoned [and] comprehensive . . . Every Good Endeavor deftly explains how we can relish and enjoy our work while honoring God and serving others, all the while avoiding the extremes of negativity on the one hand and idolatry on the other." —The Gospel Coalition
"Most people sitting in the pews of our churches on a Sunday morning spend more time in the workplace than anywhere else. Yet we can too easily make following Christ a matter of personal devotions and church activity. . . . This is great book on an important area that is too often neglected." —Tim Chester
About the Author
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His first pastorate was in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redeemer has nearly six thousand regular Sunday attendees and has helped to start more than three hundred new churches around the world. He is the author of The Songs of Jesus, Prayer, Encounters with Jesus, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering, and The Meaning of Marriage, among others, including the perennial bestsellers The Reason for God and The Prodigal God.
Katherine Leary Alsdorf worked twenty-five years in the high-tech industry as an economic analyst and in various executive leadership positions. After her CEO roles at One Touch Systems and Pensare, Redeemer Presbyterian Church recruited Katherine to lead the church’s efforts in marketplace ministry, now called the Center for Faith & Work, which has grown to serve more than two thousand people a year. Katherine has served on the boards of the International Arts Movement, the Fellowship for the Performing Arts, and the Theology of Work Project.
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In this book, Tim Keller addresses these questions by describing, in very readable terms, the traditional reformed perspectives on work, faith and life. The book reminds us that the distinction between secular and sacred work is, in fact, not described in scripture, not in the terms in which it is presently lived out by many. The idea of work as a good and pleasing human activity, perhaps what we were meant for in the beginning, is brought out beautifully, as is a description of how work, after the fall, can become a slave driver or an idol of sorts, where all focus can be lost to lower objectives, which become overly crucial. Keller addresses the issues of general, common Grace and how non-christians are often engaging in the will of God, and how Christians may sometimes be missing the point - not that this is always the case, but rather that a dualistic view of Faith and Work, may lead us to think that the result of work depends on our faith, an idea that is not supported by scripture. Cases in point are brought out - Daniel, Esther, Joseph and others who lived in non-believing environments, accomplished what many would consider "secular" work, but whose results were touched by God and clearly accomplished the will of God. The suggestion is that our prayer and hope should be that our work also be touched by God in similar ways.
Life is complete. Life is integrated. Everything we do has spiritual and secular implications personally, for those close to us and for our communities. This is not an eastern idea, it emerges from an understanding of scripture. And it is one of the clear messages of this book - no matter who you are, think of what you do, confide it to God. Sometimes repentance and changes in direction are called for - the book certainly does not say that all work is "holy". Rather, it is a call to see that much work and work in many disciplines are in the service of God and of greater purposes. God has worked with carpenters, slaves, teenagers and the elderly, doctors, prostitutes, reprehensible tax collectors and soldiers - all have something to bring to the table. All can confide in God, choose a noble task, change their heart and accomplish what they do for the Greater good.
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