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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; a edition (November 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581345178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581345179
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 --Amazon --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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"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, Emeritus Professor of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business, 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 Browne, Former CEO, LensCrafters; current CEO, Family Christian Stores

Customer Reviews

It is a relatively good book, but I was expecting more from Mr. Grudem.
Gbruse
In summary, if you are in business or are a student studying or considering studying business, read this book.
Jacob Hantla
If he happens to be better than someone else then so be it but that should not be part of his motivation.
jtie

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Hantla TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I had never really thought about it, but I guess--even though it is contrary to my longing and belief that God can be and is glorified through all of the Christian's life--that I had always just assumed that business wasn't good in and of itself. In fact like Grudem asserts of those who are like I was, we believe, "that from a moral perspective [profit, competition, money, and business are] 'neutral' at best." I guess that when I was pursuing a degree in engineering, I thought that I could glorify God through it by sharing the gospel at the work place, earning enough money to free my wife up to be a stay-at-home mom, and being able to give more money to the church. But Grudem's view is so much balanced and biblical than these views, exposing my blindness that would have kept me from obeying 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do (including business), do all for the glory of God." (On a side not to 1 Cor 10:31, read "How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God," chapter 5 of John Piper's book, "Pierced by the Word.")

The topics in which Grudem covers in this book, with a chapter devoted to each one are:

How God is glorified by...

1. Ownership

2. Productivity

3. Employment

4. Commercial Transactions

5. Profit

6. Money

7. Inequality of Possessions

8. Competition

9. Borrowing and Lending

and he then includes two chapters on

10. Attitudes of Heart

11. Effects on World Poverty.

Grudem is not blind to the abuses of business, the ways in which we idolize money and success and become gracious losing sight of the fact that we are operating with God's stuff not ours.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 8, 2005
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I own quite a few books written by Wayne Grudem and most of them vary between being long and very long (not to say that this is necessarily a bad thing). Grudem takes on difficult and controversial subjects such as Bible translation and the roles of men and women in the church and covers them both thoroughly and biblically. It was with some surprise, then, that I received Business for the Glory of God and noted that it is a mere 96 pages - the perfect size to read in a single evening. Its size may be deceiving, for this little book contains some powerful teaching about the value of business.

Grudem says, rightly I'm sure, that when people ask how their lives can glorify God, they are rarely told, "Go into business." Students, when they ask, "How can I serve God with my life," don't often hear the answer, "Go into business." This little book claims just this, that "many aspects of business activity are morally good in themselves, and that in themselves they bring glory to God - though they also have great potential for misuse and wrongdoing." Dr. Grudem examines business under the following headings:

1. Ownership

2. Productivity

3. Employment

4. Commercial transactions (buying and selling)

5. Profit

6. Money

7. Inequality of possessions

8. Competition

9. Borrowing and lending

10. Attitudes of hearing

11. Effect on world poverty

Through each chapter Grudem shows that the topic he discusses is fundamentally good, whether it be ownership, profit, or inequality of possessions, and that each one provides many opportunities to glorify God, but also many temptations to sin.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By torowan on January 3, 2004
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In this short book, Grudem consistently defends some of the tenets of capitalism such as private property, profit, and competition. He methodically looks at each of these to demonstrate that like all of God's gifts they are good, and rather than being just as morally neutral or an evil (to be tolerated as a necessary evil, or to be fought against), they should be used to glorify God; he also shows how like all of God's gifts they are subject to perversion by sinful choices.
Grudem bases his arguments on a handful of scriptural principles, and demonstrates that these tools of capitalism are effective techniques to achieve those principles.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Pat Davin on January 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I'm facinated by business and marrying the Kingdom of God to the topic of business really captured my attention. I couldn't wait to read the book. Each chapter was dissapointing with few, new thoughts. I think college students and those new to business may find this useful but those who have already spent much time in business or considering how business and the glory of God go together may not find much new to chew on here. I believe the author is a professor and not a businessman--which may be why he didn't deliver as much as I had hoped.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jtie on March 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Chapter 8 in this book is absolutely ridiculous. It saddens me to see Wayne Grudem be so unlogical and unbiblical in this matter. He starts out by using 1 Corinthians 9:25-26 to say that Paul uses competition in a positive way. This is a terrible misuse of the text. Paul contrasts them running after something perishable and us running after somthing imperishable. The best you could say that Paul is saying about athletic competition is that it's worthless! And then he goes on to say far more astounding things. He states that, " assigning of grades is a competitive activity in which the best math student and the best English students and the best art and music students receive higher grades." But this has absolutely nothing to do with competition. The goal of the student is to learn what the teacher has taught them and thus receive a grade accordingly. The goal of the student is not and should not be to best the other students. If I was to take an independent study I could get an a or I could get an f it is irrelevant if I have other students there to compete with. And his example with the painter is also bad. Even if the bad painter was the only painter in town I wouldn't want him to paint. And the good painters goal should not be to be a better painter than someone else but to be the best painter he can be for the customer. If he happens to be better than someone else then so be it but that should not be part of his motivation. And then on the end of page 64 he goes on to say that coveting is good for the sake of the economy and prosperity. I could go on forever, but let me just say that I am very disappointed and Grudem's lack of wisdom, clarity or biblical principles provided in this book. Let biblical principles guide your business practices and not what others are doing.Read more ›
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