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How do we invite God into our everyday lives? Working in the Presence of God discusses the incorporation of spiritual disciplines into the ordinary rhythms of everyday experience. God is already present and active, so by becoming aware of workday rhythms and focusing on where various spiritual practices might be implemented in our jobs, we can be transformed into Christ’s likeness through our work.
We often think of spiritual practices as preparation for our regular lives; in comfortable spaces and ideal settings, we set aside time to hear from God. But what if we can engage in these practices in the midst of our regular lives, and particularly at work? This transformation takes place when we surrender our working lives to God, begin to hear his voice, accept his pleasure, and allow his guidance at work.
The spiritual practices outlined in the book include:
- The Liturgy of Commute
- Workplace as Holy Ground
- Surrendering the Calendar
- Reading Scripture in Your Workspace
- Affirmation of Calling Gratitude for God’s Blessing and Celebrating Success at Work
- Confession at Work
- Lamenting Work
- Solitude: Working in God’s Presence
- Prayer of Examen for Work
- Sabbath: Ceasing from Work
|Title: Working in the Presence of God: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Work|
By: Shannon Vandewarker, Denise Daniels
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
|Publication Date: 2019|
Stock No: WW072225
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Shannon Vandewarker is passionate about helping people find God in their everyday lives. This passion was fueled during her years of study as she earned her BA in biblical studies from Azusa Pacific University and a master of divinity from Bethel Seminary. She worked in Fuller Seminary’s Cascade Fellows program, designing theological studies and practical exercises to help disciples explore the integration of their ordinary working life with their discipleship. Shannon writes on the theology of an ordinary life on her blog www.shannonvandewarker.com. She lives in San Diego, California, with her two young sons and husband, Dan, who is a pastor.
Denise Daniels is a professor of management at Seattle Pacific University. She earned her BA in psychology and economics at Wheaton College and her PhD in organizational behavior at the University of Washington. Denise regularly consults and provides executive coaching services and leadership development training. She is an active participant in the faith at work movement, speaking about meaningful work, Sabbath, leadership, gender, and motivation, and she also conducts an empirical study of the faith and work intersection of thirteen thousand people in the United States. Denise and her husband, Craig, have four adolescent and young adult children. They attend Bethany Presbyterian Church in Seattle.