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Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Augsburg Fortress
Publication Date: 2006
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God And Business: Christianity's Case For CapitalismRobert R. RichardsXulon Press / 2002 / Hardcover$37.79 Retail:
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Tim Delkeskamp5 Stars Out Of 5March 29, 2010Tim DelkeskampThis is a really wonderful book that explores the importance of a HUGE theme in the Bible- and that is the theme of vocation. Great stuff!
Author: Ed Klodt
Located in: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Submitted: December 17, 2006
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a longtime author, speaker and lay minister. I'm also the editor and publisher of "Digging Deeper," a nationally syndicated publication of daily devotions distributed weekly through my web site (www.digging-deeper.com) and subscribing congregations.
I'm a former corporate communications vice president at several Fortune 500 firms over almost 30 years. My most recent position was as vice president of national sales campaigns for one of the top three mutual fund companies in the country.
I've also been a consultant on church education programs and on a 2006 research study on aging conducted at Pepperdine University.
What was your motivation behind this project? I was in what I thought was the job of a lifetime, working in an enviable position at one of the greatest corporations in the world, truly. Yet, I was incredibly dissatisfied in the work I was doing. This dissatisfaction, I felt, was because God was calling me to do something else. However, as the sole income earner for a family of four, I felt locked into my job. The Jonah Factor came out of my efforts to hear God's voice in my vocational pursuits and to develop the confidence to do what he was calling me to do. The 13 steps were incredibly successful for me, providing the confidence to leave my job and finally answer the call. I left my position almost three years ago and never looked back. God has blessed my decision beyond anything I could have ever imagined. I wish the same for all of the book's readers.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Recent surveys show that half of all Americans dislike their work. Twenty-five percent say they stay on the job merely to earn a paycheck. This discontent applies not only to fulltime employees; it crosses over into the lives of retirees, students, stay-at-home parents, volunteers and even clergy. This is tragic, especially considering that God wants us to be joyful and fulfilled in the work we do. So, how do we find work that is fulfilling and effectively uses our talents, abilites and passions? That's the purpose of The Jonah Factor: 13 Spiritual Steps to Find the Job of a Lifetime. The book is intended to help the reader discern God's call in his or her life, and the 13 steps will help individuals better understand God's purpose for work at any stage of life. Having been used by two focus groups to fine-tune this 13-step discernment process, The Jonah Factor offers concrete examples and more than 500 scriptural quotes, references and insights, all intended to help the reader take a leap of faith into the work that God may be calling him or her.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The book is a natural follow-up to Rick Warren's book "The Purpose Driven Life." I've also been inspired by the writings of Oswald Chambers, especially "My Utmost for His Hightest."
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: The book has received an incredibly positive response and is already in its second printing. One reviewer called the book a "get out of jail free card" for those who dislike their work. I am also available to speak to groups. More information can be found on The Jonah Factor web site at www.jonahfactor.com.