Book Review: At Work As It Is In Heaven: 25 Ways to Re-imagine the Spiritual Purpose of Your Work
Making the connection between faith and work is a perpetual challenge. No matter how much Christian business professionals read, talk, and pray about it, there will always be opposition to workplace ministry. The spiritual opposition to a Christian’s faith in the marketplace is not surprising given God’s heart for the marketplace. The challenge is further compounded by the fact that the marketplace is always changing. For Christians, it can be hard to keep up and stay sharp.
Behind the faith at work puzzle is an industry of blogs, books, and speakers seeking to carve out a niche of equipping Christians with the resources they need to in fact keep up and stay sharp. The abundance of resources is an encouraging pushback on hell’s assault on God’s kingdom in the marketplace. God’s grace is presented to us in a variety of mediums and I am personally grateful for the men and women who have gone before me to help share that grace and show the way.
One of the mighty men who has gone before me is J.B. Wood from the famous Christian business blog Shrinking the Camel. This year J.B. Wood introduced a new resource called At Work As It Is In Heaven: 25 Ways to Re-imagine the Spiritual Purpose of Your Work, a collection of light-hearted short stories that illustrate Biblical principles at work. It’s a noteworthy publication because Wood is one of the most unique storytellers in the space and because it is actually one e-book you might want to add to your collection.
Among the abundance of Christian business resources, I mostly consider e-book’s disposable and near the bottom of my reading pile. But after reading Wood’s collection of short stories I began to realize that not all e-books are created equal. This one in particular is an honest collection of high quality and timeless work that you’ll find well worth the bite size price tag ($2.99 on Amazon).
What is especially intriguing about Wood’s collection is that you’ll find simple yet high impact lessons embedded in light hearted and often humorous stories. Consuming Christian business content can sometimes be exhausting on its own, so it’s nice to have your faith encouraged without feeling like you’re reading a textbook or self-help guide. Wood does a great job of connecting faith and work without sounding like an over-educated theologian or an un-relatable space cadet.
If you’re sorting through the abundance of Christian business books or just looking for something fresh to read, give Wood’s collection of short stories a try. You won’t find a step by step guide to presenting Jesus to your co-workers, but you will find an encouragement to your faith and a collection of gentle lessons on applying faith at work. Sometimes the simple things go much further when you’re trying to keep up and stay sharp.
Note: Greater Seas did not receive any compensation of any kind for this article. After being introduced to Wood’s fine writing we decided on our own to purchase the book and share our thoughts with you.