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Do we work to live or live to work? In today's increasingly competitive and insecure economic environment, we often question the reason for work: Why am I doing this? Why is it so hard? And what can I do about it?

Work may seem just a means to an end: we do it to earn the money to enjoy life outside the workplace. Here, Timothy Keller argues that God's plan is radically more ambitious: he actually created us to work. We are to work together to make the world a better place, to help each other, and so to find purpose for our lives.

Our faith should enhance our work, and our work should develop our faith. With deep insight Timothy Keller draws on essential and relevant biblical wisdom to address our questions about work. There is grace available if we have taken the wrong attitude, idolising money and using our careers to glorify ourselves rather than God.

This book provides the foundations for a work-life balance where we can thrive both personally and professionally. Keller shows how, through excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity and passion in the workplace, we can impact society for good. Developing a better attitude toward work releases us to serve others humbly and to worship God every day and leaves us deeply fulfilled.

©2012 Timothy Keller (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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Wow! Great Book!

I had come to a crossroad in my life and had two options to consider. I had just become registered as an Architect in Australia and was considering whether to transition my drafting business to an Architectural Practice or go get employed by a larger firm to work as an Architect. I had so many questions in my heart that I was praying and giving to God for wisdom and guidance. One such question 'Was by Business and  Professional Objective contradictory to my beliefs, value and salvation in Jesus?'. On the recommendation of one of my mentor and elders at Creek Road Presbyterian Church, I was given a copy of Every Good Endeavour. WOW, talk about life transforming and I don't say that lightly. This book has completely changed my perspective on my work as a professional and the various entrepreneurial ventures that I am pursuing. I am so thankful that God has worked through Tim Keller and the Ministry team at Redeemer to give us this resource. Thank you so much! If you are thinking through what it means to be actively living for God where you are in your profession this is the book for you!

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liberating.

a good book which helps me to overcome several misunderstandings, legalistic thoughts and confusion about my early Christian faith. I recommend every Christian read it or listen to it.
the central theme seemed a bit scattered for me but I guess if I listen again I'll get the logic a bit better.

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  • 11-06-2020

This book should be read by every believer

I practically rewrote the book in terms of how many quotations I wrote down. It is beyond phenomenal.

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  • Johan Grobler
  • 22-01-2019

For Every Working Christian

Answers to why you do work and what you should think about your labour and attitude towards it. Men and woman need to read and study it.

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  • C
  • 19-06-2017

7 Mountains - a Theology to go with it!

For anyone who is interested in the 7 mountain concept of reaching every aspect of culture but needs a theology to sit along side it, this book is for you!

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  • Andrew Gregg
  • 29-12-2020

Good content... with narration blips...

I have a particularly 'immersive' way of reading books... I read a physical book while listening to the audiobook.

in some instances the audio and physical books diverge - and you get a feel of the 'editing' process in the development of the book.

With this audiobook there are differences between the spoken and written text that are simply misreads by the narrator... and while in general these do not impact the text... there are a few places where the meaning of the text is obscured by the miss read.

I like the narrators voice - the performance is good and well paced... but i suspect that there is a lack of editorial review...

So in review - I like this book, it's thought provoking... but read the book along with the audiobook to get the whole picture...

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  • Maz
  • 24-01-2019

The Christian View and Attitudes of Work

This book is very well narrated with real-life stories to back up the author's view on the religious Christian attitude towards work. Work needs to be done with passion whilst serving the work. Whilst at work our focus should only be that of our job and & the tasks at hand; we should keep our personal lives outside the work place.

In this life we will never achieve the complete perfect picture that we want our work to be, no matter how hard we try and no matter how menial or how responsible a job maybe. It is like someone painting the perfect tree. They spent whatever time they had left to live and only managed to paint one perfect leaf. When this person died they found the perfect tree in the afterlife, the exact same one they wanted to paint during their time on Earth. This story the author refers to as "Leaf by Niggle," by J.R.R Tolkien. Meaning? The little achievements we manage in our jobs are considered extremely precious in God's eyes. God will give us our complete aspiration and desire of hearts of our hard efforts in the Kingdom of Heaven, that otherwise can never be achieved during our earthly lives.

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