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Plumbing the riches of Scripture and the Reformed tradition, Hugh Whelchel has done a masterful job of reminding us of this biblical picture of work." - Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., Author of Money, Greed, and God, Co-author of Indivisible

"How Then Should We Work is an excellent book that calls us to cultivate a Biblical view of work. Anyone desiring to rediscover the Biblical doctrine of work should start here." - Shawn Ritenour, Professor of Economics, Grove City College

"No one has thought more deeply or written more clearly than Hugh Whelchel about the biblical doctrine of work. This book is indispensable reading for Christians who seek a biblical understanding of vocational calling." - Daniel L. Dreisbach, Professor of Justice, Law and Society, American University

"A Biblically-based and compelling argument supporting the integration of faith and work into a noble calling to serve God in the marketplace." - Steve Reinemund, Dean of Business, Wake Forest University Schools of Business and Retired Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo.

"Hugh Whelchel's work comes at a critical time when both the church and the culture are questioning the purpose and value of work. His solid examination of the Biblical teaching on work is an excellent starting point for anyone wrestling with these issues." - J. Michael Thigpen, Executive Director of the Evangelical Theological Society

About the Author

Hugh Whelchel is executive director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, a Biblical advocacy think tank in the Washington, D.C. area (tifwe.org).  

Whelchel has a unique combination of senior executive responsibility, creative educational administration, and technical innovation from over thirty years of diverse business experience, including 15 years in the IT industry. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a master's degree in religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, where he served as executive director of the Washington, D.C. campus. 

In addition to his business acumen, Whelchel has a unique passion in helping individuals integrate their faith and vocational calling. On this topic, Whelchel is frequently called upon to teach and speak at conferences, churches, business groups, and universities around the nation.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Westbow Press (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449745849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449745844
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,072,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kstang on September 24, 2012
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If you're Generation Y, this and books like it are must reads. As Christians we're called to not be of the world but to do things so differently that when people look at our work they see the brilliance and distinction of God. As Whelchel states, this generation's biggest fear is living a meaningless life. Hugh talks about how to hear God's voice and understand what it means to have a vocation, and how our vocation will produce meaningful careers that will bring glory to God, and in the process, change our culture. If you're passionate about life and the people around you, and also want to change the culture wherever you live and ultimately change the world, this is a great book to pick up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on September 29, 2012
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The book tries to answer questions about the Theology of work in Christian Worldview. It is short but informative as well as inspiring. The author tries to tell how reformation brought about the revival in the history of Christianity. It is also a wake-up call for Christians to renew their vows about their mission in the world regarding the concept of work. I recommend it for pastors and seminarians to read and teach it at their pulpit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2012
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I think Whelchel has done a great job synthesizing a rich framework for understanding God's purpose for work in our lives. If you are a business person or a student trying to understand the proper place and role of work in your own life then this material will serve you well. I've used this book in leading a small group of young professionals studying this topic. The pace of writing is quick, which is good since Whelchel exposes you to a broad range of worthy writers who can be referenced for further study.

Most of our lives are taken with work yet many of us wish we were doing something else. It doesn't need to be this way. God's command to the first humans was to work and the command was given before the rebellion. Somehow work is part of how God made us. This book does a good job explaining how that might be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mando139 on March 14, 2013
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I found this book very helpful and easy to read. The best thing about this book is that it brings to light a true biblical perspective on work that is far too often missed by the people of the church. God is interested in our every day work and how we do it. From Creation to Re-Creation life on earth matters and God is very interested in what we do. The funny thing is that this true understanding of work is taught in many reformed churches but so few of us actually understand or hear it. Hugh Welchel has done an excellent job of communicating this biblical understanding of work and pointing us to eternity where all of our work will be revealed and we will find that it was not in vain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LEH1790 on September 27, 2012
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Hugh Whelchel does a great job of truly embracing the truths of the Scriptures in this book. Whelchel gives Biblical evidence supporting the connection between faith and work and does so in an engaging manner. He nails the misconceptions of work among Christians in our culture today and seeks to encourage all believers why their daily work actually matters to God. I learned so much from this book and would encourage you to read it. It is straight to the point and will completely revolutionize the way you encounter your daily job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William J. Veilleux on January 16, 2013
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Hugh Whelchel gives many forgotten and fresh insight into the world of work. A must read for all who are embarking on the journey of walking with Christ in the workplace. A must read for all Pastors to enlighten them on how to encourage and bless those they are shepherding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JesusGivesLiberty on July 6, 2015
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Originally published on: JesusGivesLiberty.wordpress.com

I came across the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics in the process of researching blessing bags and other various ways of helping the homeless and those in poverty. An organization that talks about ways to improve the quality of life of the lowest socio-economic demographic without resorting to inefficient government programs? Not unexpectedly, I was instantly intrigued. IFWE is a Christian faith based "research organization committed to promoting biblical and economic principles that help individuals find fulfillment in their work and contribute to a free and flourishing society" (IFWE, About Us). In addition to promoting free market solutions to combating poverty and solving homelessness, they also have a lot to say about one's work and how it contributes to human flourishing.

This is the gist of Hugh Whelchel's book "How Then Should We Work?" and can be summed up in his slogan: "Your work matters to God."

It's not a very long book, but by no means short either; at around 125 pages and 6 chapters, it is easily readable within a week. Despite what one might think coming from a research organization, it is not "wordy" and is an easily digestible publication. The book starts with a short introduction, keenly presenting a premise that Christians have been "misled by the sacred/secular distinction, which teaches that working in the church is the only 'real' fulltime Christian service" (p. 2). Jumping from this foundation, Hugh goes into a scriptural exegesis on the topic of work, firmly rooting his writing in the proper authoritative source material.
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