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Business for the Glory of God; The BIble's Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business [Kindle Edition]

wayne grudem
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Book Description

Can business activity in itself be morally good and pleasing to God? Sometimes business can seem so shady—manipulating the “bottom line,” deceiving the consumer, or gaining promotions because of whom you know.

But Wayne Grudem introduces a novel concept: business itself glorifies God when it is conducted in a way that imitates God’s character and creation. He shows that all aspects of business, including ownership, profit, money, competition, and borrowing and lending, glorify God because they are reflective of God’s nature. Though Grudem isn’t naïve about the easy ways these activities can be perverted and used as a means to sin, he knows that Christians can be about the business of business.

This biblically based book is a thoughtful guide to imitating God during interactions with customers, coworkers, employees, and other businesses. See how your business, and your life in business, can be dedicated to God’s glory.

Editorial Reviews


“A thoughtful review of the purpose and meaning of business and a fresh way to look at honoring and glorifying God in doing business.” —C. William Pollard Chairman Emeritus, The ServiceMaster Company “Helpful, easy-to-understand grounding for business leadership.” —James Fellowes CEO, Fellowes, Inc. “What remarkable insight!” —Stephen Happel, Ph.D. Professor of Economics, Arizona State University “What a great reminder that your business life can be a critical part of how you serve God and impact lives for eternity!” —Dave Browneformer CEO, LensCrafters; current CEO, Family Christian Stores

Product Details

  • File Size: 951 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (November 6, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026BXD4Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,563 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read on business from a Biblical perspective. August 22, 2013
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This book is short but does cover the arguments well. A concise read that offers a balance between the negative aspects of business (which most people are aware of), and the positive potential of business to glorify God.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read for class June 25, 2014
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I read this for a class report but found it encouraging and speaking to me as I was starting a new business at that time - May God be glorified.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent Biblical look at commerce in the world! June 20, 2014
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I found this to be a real clear, easy read showing Biblical support for owning private property, conducting commerce, being a good steward, a good manager, and a good employee. All Christian businessmen should read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars changed my thinking on borrowing money June 10, 2014
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Great book. It doesn't go into great detail but succinctly addresses the main issues surrounding business from a Christian worldview. It should be in every pastors study. Probably even every Christian's book shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glory to God in business May 22, 2014
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What the real purpose in business? Isn't it the same as the real purpose for living, which is to give glory to God and not ourselves.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, Concise Overview May 11, 2014
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On one hand I like that it is brief and concise, but on the other hand, I feel like many topics were not explained adequately. He admits it is a short treatise, so just know that this is what you are getting. It would be great to go through with another guy (or group of guys) one or two chapters at a time.

The main question I kept coming back to is: all of the subjects are justified as right and good (i.e. possessions, inequality of wealth, employment, etc) - is this primarily justified by scripture or from the lens of western/capitalistic society? I don't know the final answer to this and imagine I will continue to process as I travel along on my journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 23, 2014
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This book was written with clarity so everyone could understand the will of God as to business. The explanations of how to watch out and recognize the enemy was very helpful and much needed. The information in this book helped me to see business as a gift and acknowledge that all gifts from God are designed to assist us and in turn give all glory to God and to operate in all areas in a manner that's pleasing to God.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Application April 21, 2014
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There are very few books that tie-in the teaching in the Bible to everyday business experiences, but Wayne Grudem provides that in this book. It is useful in my everyday life. It clarifies some areas of study that weren't clear to me before. Good book that you will enjoy.
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Wayne Grudem, research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, received his A.B. from Harvard, M.Div. and honorary D.D. from Westminster Seminary-Philadelphia, and Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. He is a board member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the author or editor of over twenty books. He was the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version Bible. He and his wife, Margaret, have been married since 1969, and they have three grown sons.
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