“We must bring our faith in Christ into our daily grind if we want to find meaning and joy in our work,” Brad Larson writes in his book, Walking Through Walls: Connecting Faith & Works.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-forty-eight-page paperback targets those who yearn to blend their faith in God with their job. Mentioning topics of cigars, hookers, beer, and animal castration, it may not be appropriate for immature readers.
After acknowledgments and an introduction, ten chapters discuss the topic, each ending with reflection, prayer, and action. A conclusion and notes complete the book. The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible is referenced.
The first chapter concentrates on God’s design of work and His divine delegation of it dating back to the Garden of Eden. The next chapter discusses how to work faithfully, remembering what Jesus has done for us. The next five chapters explain walls we build up at work related to money, assumptions, entitlement, culture, and perfectionism. The last three sections involve servant leadership, being vocational ministers, and understanding our effectiveness at our jobs. Bible verses and topics are mentioned throughout the pages.
~ Why ~
While the book shows we lack a sense of purpose in our work, we must integrate our faith into it to find true happiness. I appreciate the author showing the wrong aspects of both prosperity and poverty gospels since money is not a spiritual measuring stick. Other interesting concepts discussed were corrective assumptions, the retirement phase of production, doing your best at work for God, and the mantra, “work hard, work smart, and get over yourself.”
~ Why Not ~
Those who are not working due to illness or being laid off may feel disconnected from the book. Reiterating God is in control of all things, the read may be helpful to stimulate moving on and getting a job or being in the work environment He knows they can handle.
~ Who ~
An entrepreneur and pastor, Larson is a writer and blogger who lives in Texas with his wife and children.
~ Wish ~
Knowing we are a part of the world, I wish there were less reference to smoking a cigar or having a beer that may cause a stumbling block to new or seasoned Christians who are trying to overcome such issues.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book geared toward those in the workplace who are struggling with showing their faith in God, this is a viable option.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars.
Thanks to the Lucid Books and the author for offering this book to read and review for my honest opinion.
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