Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mandy Reviews - Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship with Monday Work by Tom Nelson

ASIN #: B005UK87HI
File Size: 451 KB
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Crossway

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

Work. For some this word represents drudgery and the mundane. For others work is an idol to be served. In either case, a biblical understanding of work as godly activity and a means of spiritual formation is lost.

Striking a balance between theological depth and practical counsel, Work Matters engages the theological basis of God's plan for everyday work. Tom Nelson explains how the fall has impacted vocation, how God's redemption touches every sphere of our lives including our work, and how what we do now is connected to what we will do forever. As Nelson connects Sunday worship to Monday morning, he gives readers practical tools for understanding their own gifts, so that they may better live in accord with God's design for work.

Mandy's Review:

Many people have work and church separated in their mind. I know I did. In this book, Tom takes the time to show us (through scriptures and personal interpretations) how we are made in God's image and, therefore, made to work.

Our work, as explained by Tom, is a gateway through which we contribute to God's ongoing creation and to the common good. When we slack in our profession, we are doing a disservice to the One who created us.

The heart of worship we have should not stop after we leave the Sunday service. We should carry that worshipful spirit with us when going to work. Tom encourages us to imagine we live before an Audience of One ... God. Maintaining this mindset will change how you perform your duties.

There is a lot of info in this book that I could talk about for awhile. Instead, I will tell you that if you are a Christian and you are looking for a book to help you change your mindset about work, then look no further. I began taking notes from the first chapter and it has reinforced many teachings I've been listening to lately.

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