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How Then Should We Work?: Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: WestBow Press A Division of Thomas Nelson (May 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449745849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449745844
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,915,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A must read for any Christian in the workplace.
Jan Dean
It was a good reminder to me and that God cares about me and my work!
Grace
It is short but informative as well as inspiring.
John

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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 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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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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jan Dean on April 6, 2013
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A must read for any Christian in the workplace. The book spurs me on to strive for a better witness in my own life.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Pollock on February 6, 2013
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This is an interesting and helpful study about the biblical definition of work. I found the comparison between thinking in the Protestant Reformation and our own time about work to be challenging and honest. We need to view work differently, to honor God`s plan for us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Milligan on January 5, 2013
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The author "connects the dots" on how, as Christ followers we are to think and act in our role and mission during our time in this life. This book really helped me see my "business as a mission".
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