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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Holy Cross Orthodox Press (March 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885652879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885652874
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 17, 2007
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Christ at Work is a collection of papers written by Eastern Orthodox Christians and Melkite Catholics. It covers the topic of vocation (summons) from Orthodox perspective. Drawing on the Bible and the Fathers of the Church, this collection brings the concept of a proper vocation to our modern times. It is edited by Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides, and she wrote the introduction (don't be disappointed if you find the obligatory introduction a little dull, the chapters that follow get much better). The common theme which runs through these chapters is that, while all vocations are lawful, not all are helpful. Seek first His Kingdom. To seek God's Kingdom is not a matter of knowing the will of God; one must also do His will. We do not become spiritual by isolating our professional or social life, but by making all of life contribute in the Sprit; we give witness in our activities and daily life, not separately from it.

Today we have a variety of jobs and careers to chose from, and most have the possibility of being transformed into a positive image of life in Christ (with obvious exceptions; gamblers, pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers etc.) God has granted us gifts and talents, which we are obligated to use to God's glory, and we must use them wisely to gain our internal reward.

Perhaps the best chapters are the last two; Stanly Harakas on Vocation and Ethics, and Paul Meyendorff on the Priesthood of the Laity. Harakas makes a case that spiritually and ethically, the occupation or role is not as important as the way in which Orthodox Christians approach those occupations. Our "call" is a call to the life in Christ, and we are to lead a life worthy of the calling.
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