Faith & Work Library

If you’re a reader or your small group is looking for some material to stimulate the Faith & Work conversation, you’ll find these books and resources to be a great start. We’re always looking to expand our library so don’t hesitate to send cwelke@eastview.church any suggestions you may have.

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WORK MATTERS: CONNECTING SUNDAY WORSHIP TO MONDAY WORK

Tom Nelson

For anyone who thinks “doing church” is a Sunday thing…

The gap between “Church life” and the “Real life” seems to be ever-widening. Nelson wants to remind everyone that the majority of our lives is not lived in a Sunday worship service and that God never intended for all of our Spiritual activity to take place within brick-and-mortar Church buildings. 

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THE ARTISAN SOUL: CRAFTING YOUR LIFE INTO A WORK OF ART

Erwin McManus

For anyone who is bored with work and unsure if what they do matters…

If McManus is correct then each of our lives is destined to be filled with wonder and beauty and power. Unfortunately, many of us settle for less than what God has destined. Our souls are longing to create and our world is in desperate need of a Spiritual renaissance.

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EVERY GOOD ENDEAVOR

Timothy Keller

For anyone who wants to approach work with the gospel front and center...

This 3-part book gives a theological background for understanding our experience and approach to work. It shows how work was created by God, cursed by the Fall, and redeemed by the gospel. Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City is home to the Center for Faith & Work, a leading voice in encouraging and equipping the saints to live into their vocations.

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 GARDEN CITY: WORK, REST, AND ART OF BEING HUMAN

John Mark Comer

For anyone who wonders why and how we work…

As a contemporary pastor in the Pacific Northwest, Comer offers a relevant and timely message about what it means to be human. Comer places our human narrative between the Garden of Eden and the Eternal City while speaking practically as to how we are to live and work as divine image bearers.

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LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK: LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF VOCATION

Parker Palmer

For anyone who is feeling burdened and unsettled about their life rhythms…

The voice of God speaks from the depths of our being and longs to lead us into a life of meaning and purpose. Many of us don’t know how to listen to the inner voice. The needs of our soul and the rhythms of our life are deeply interwoven throughout this book.

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24/6: A PRESCRIPTION FOR A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER LIFE

Matthew Sleeth, MD

For anyone prone to workaholism, this book may be a necessary intervention…

Reclaiming Sabbath practices may be one of the most essential Spiritual Disciplines in our day and age. Dr. Sleeth explores the command to keep Sabbath with practical examples and applications. A 24/6 pace of life will inevitably shape our approach to work, rest, and play.

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THE CALL: FINDING AND FULFILLING THE CENTRAL PURPOSE OF YOUR LIFE

Os Guinness

For anyone looking to discern God’s calling for their life…

These daily readings help us listen to the voice of God for nearly a month. Each reflection brings us closer to discovering and discerning the central purpose of our lives. Guinness defines the nebulous Christian concept of “calling” while leading us into a deeper commitment to that calling.

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LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK: LISTENING TO THE VOICE OF VOCATION

Parker Palmer

For anyone who is feeling burdened and unsettled about their life rhythms…

The voice of God speaks from the depths of our being and longs to lead us into a life of meaning and purpose. Many of us don’t know how to listen to the inner voice. The needs of our soul and the rhythms of our life are deeply interwoven throughout this book.

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THE ARTISAN SOUL: CRAFTING YOUR LIFE INTO A WORK OF ART

Erwin McManus

For anyone who is bored with work and unsure if what they do matters…

If McManus is correct then each of our lives is destined to be filled with wonder and beauty and power. Unfortunately, many of us settle for less than what God has destined. Our souls are longing to create and our world is in desperate need of a Spiritual renaissance.

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START. PUNCH FEAR IN THE FACE, ESCAPE AVERAGE, DO WORK THAT MATTERS

Jon Acuff

For anyone whose looking for a big goal at every phase of life…

Whether you are in the first decade of your career or the later stages, this book gives us the courage and inspiration we need to get going in the right direction. There are essential things that we learn and start no matter how old or experienced we are. This book helps give direction and get us moving.

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EVERY GOOD ENDEAVOR

Timothy Keller

For anyone who wants to approach work with the gospel front and center...

This 3-part book gives a theological background for understanding our experience and approach to work. It shows how work was created by God, cursed by the Fall, and redeemed by the gospel. Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City is home to the Center for Faith & Work, a leading voice in encouraging and equipping the saints to live into their vocations.

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MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING

Viktor Frankl

For anyone interested in the psychological significance of meaningful work…

Frankl’s unique perspective as a psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor has made this one of the leading work-related resources over the past half-century. When all was taken from him, Frankl discovered the deepest realities of meaning and the power of the human will. His perspective on life, faith, and the meaning of work were all shaped by the tragic events he witnessed and experienced.

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WORK MATTERS: CONNECTING SUNDAY WORSHIP TO MONDAY WORK

Tom Nelson

For anyone who thinks “doing church” is a Sunday thing…

The gap between “Church life” and the “Real life” seems to be ever-widening. Nelson wants to remind everyone that the majority of our lives is not lived in a Sunday worship service and that God never intended for all of our Spiritual activity to take place within brick-and-mortar Church buildings.

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WORK MATTERS: LESSONS FROM SCRIPTURE

R. Paul Stevens

For anyone looking to follow the thread of work throughout Scripture…

The 20 chapters of this book are 20 Biblical testimonies of faithful work. The Scriptures are filled with stories of work and yet we tend to over-Spiritualize and de-humanize these stories of vocation. Stevens takes us through the entire Bible, all genres and eras of salvation history, so that we can see how prevalent work is in the life of faith.

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GARDEN CITY: WORK, REST, AND ART OF BEING HUMAN

John Mark Comer

For anyone who wonders why and how we work…

As a contemporary pastor in the Pacific Northwest, Comer offers a relevant and timely message about what it means to be human. Comer places our human narrative between the Garden of Eden and the Eternal City while speaking practically as to how we are to live and work as divine image bearers.