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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 (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,944 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

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This is a great little book that can be read in under two hours.
Frederic R. Fischer
I feel this book shows how Christians can have a calling to business and in the midst of pursuing it; they can glorify God, reflect His attributes, and bless others.
Shaun Tabatt
It is a relatively good book, but I was expecting more from Mr. Grudem.
Gbruse

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jacob & Kiki 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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18 of 20 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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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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9 of 10 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel and Keren Threlfall on March 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Christian businesspeople might sometimes feel a bit guilty over their jobs. Their role is to make a profit, not to preach. They make money decisions, instead of helping people make soul decisions. Because they are not involved in the "higher" spiritual roles of being a missionary or Bible teacher, they may almost regret their tasks. At best, Christian businesspeople feel that their business job is morally neutral.

Overview of Business for the Glory of God
Wayne Grudem's new book, Business for the Glory of God, is an attempt to correct the misunderstanding that business is somehow less glorifying to God than other more spiritual occupations. He argues that the components of business, divided into nine chapters, are actually fundamentally good, and provide greater opportunities to bring glory to God. These fundamentally good business components are:

1. Ownership
2. Productivity
3. Employment
4. Commercial Transactions
5. Profit
6. Money
7. Inequality of Possessions
8. Competition
9. Borrowing and Lending

Each chapter follows the same pattern. Grudem first attempts to prove that, say, competition is "fundamentally good" by using a medley of passages and biblical examples. He then admits the possible abuses or misuses of competition, and concludes by reminding the reader that this does not make competition all bad. The book ends with two chapters: Attitudes of the Heart (chapter 10) and Effects on World Poverty (chapter 11).

Some Reflections on Business for the Glory of God
-Some of the argumentation is weak. For example, Grudem cites the interworking relationship of the Trinity to support his claim that commercial transaction among humans is fundamentally good.
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