We have been taught to work hard so we can get ahead, and make more money. We are told to stay with it so we can be a good example. Why is there so much to be sad about in most jobs? Shouldn’t I be a full time church worker to really make my life count for something? You may also have questions like: Why does it seem that God doesn’t know or care about my career? Why is most of my job just plain tedious? Why am I so unfilled in my job? Why isn’t my pastor or priest able to relate to my workplace problems? This book traces the biblical sweep of teaching on work in a comprehensive summary of why you can be not only comfortable, but can know you are fulfilling God’s calling on your life in the secular setting. It also attacks the question of why the church has been so silent regarding its members involvement in secular work.
Bob Erdmann was born and raised in Southern Illinois. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Rolla a Mechanical Engineer in 1962 and studied in the MBA program at Kent State University in 1965. He has held Engineering and Sales positions at the Timken Company, American Koyo, and Hyatt Clark Industries. In 1986 he founded the Trinity Equipment Company, a sales and distribution agency in Cleveland, Ohio concentrating in the nationwide sales of parts for railroad cars and locomotives. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, and a life member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has traveled and taught with missions organizations in Bolivia and Mexico, and is past President of the Board of LATCOM, a mission specializing in training and communications in South America. He has served on the Board of the Cleveland Pregnancy Center, is past President of the School Board of The Kings Academy, and served as Elder at his church in North Olmsted. He is currently President of the Board of Christian Educators Association International and also holds that office with The Harvestnet Institute, a teaching ministry in Northeast Ohio. His particular interest is teaching and writing on the biblical approach to Work in the marketplace. Bob and his wife Nancy were presenters on Marriage Encounter weekends. They have been married 45 years and live in Avon Lake, Ohio. They have three children and seven grandchildren.