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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: John Wiley & Sons
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Life and Livelihood: A Handbook for Spirituality at WorkWhitney RobersonMorehouse Publishing / 2004 / Trade Paperback$22.50Availability: In StockCBD Stock No: WW221368
While many business people have a strong and growing interest in the relationship between work and spirit, few find the church to be a resource in their explorations. How can business people live out their faith at work? And how can the church respond more effectively to business people s needs?
Church on Sunday, Work on Monday takes the "spirituality at work" movement to the next level, offering practical advice on how business people can find and develop better resources within Christian communities. Nash andMcLennan assess the distance between pew and pulpit, articulate how the church is turning off business and professional people, and make concrete recommendations on how church leaders and lay business people can work together in partnership to bridge the gap. They also offer practical help for business people who wish to nurture the soul, create harmony, connect with community, and perform ethically on the job.
Scotty McLennan is dean for religious life at Stanford University. He was the university chaplain at Tufts University and a senior lecturer in the area of business leadership, ethics, and religion at Harvard Business School. He is also an attorney, the author of Finding Your Religion: When the Faith You Grew Up With Has Lost Its Meaning.
According to McLennan (author of Finding Your Religion and inspiration for Doonesbury's Rev. Scott Sloan) and Nash, the church manages to support and nurture its people through birth, marriage and death; when it comes to helping Christians make sense of the day-to-day grind of the business world, however, churches are too often silent. It is vital for the future of the church, and for the well-being of Christian business-fold, that churches and parishioners find a way to talk meaningfully about the connections between faith and work. Clergy in particular will value this book, which is filled with tips to help them minister more effectively to the businesspeople in their midst. For example, the authors suggest that seminaries should offer more "exposure to the character of the businessperson," and that clergy should attend the occasional business seminar. This would have been a stronger book if the authors had restrained themselves from stuffing it with familiar but uninspired self-help suggestions for "reflection" and "action" at the end of each chapter, or cutesy mnemonics like "the four P's." It is hardly the final word on the subject; its riveting descriptions of the glaring gulch between church and business are more compelling than its attempts at bridging that gulch, making this more "wake-up call" than solution. Still, McLennan and Nash have made a valuable contribution to the growing conversation about church-life integration, and clergy especially shouldn't miss this book. (Oct.) (Publishers Weekly, October 1, 2001)
"This intelligent, provocative book is a rare study that takes both religion and business seriously, and it has insights for people of all faiths." (Harvard Business Review, November 2001)
4 out of 5 stars (Church of England Newspaper, 21 December 2001)