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Loving Work: A Spiritual Guide to Finding the Work We Love and Bringing Love to the Work We Do Paperback – August 28, 2012
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About the Author
Mike has a Master's Degree in Religious Education from Fordham University. He has served as President of the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association, Board Member and Project Manager at the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University, and as a consultant to dioceses.
He and his family live in Buffalo where Mike is the Campus Minister at St. Joseph University Parish and SUNY Buffalo's South Campus as well as a retreat director for the national Charis Ministries, a Jesuit ministry to those in their 20s and 30s.
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Top Customer Reviews
As I began to chart another course in life, I pursued certification as a personal and career coach. Then came the pursuit of an advanced degree in ministry and the work to go with it.
So the idea of pursuing - happily - the work one loves and the work of love, is at the core of my being.
In full disclosure, I was privileged to read an early version of this book, and I was thrilled to do so. This slim volume is packed with power and wisdom from someone who has navigated his own passage from one type of work to another.
This book will be a treasured companion for those who read it. I can imagine giving it as a gift to those who are seeking their way in the world, particularly for those freshly out of college. At a time when jobs can be scare and hope in short supply, Mike Hayes' insights will help them to discover that it is possible to find the work we love and to love the work we find.
Five years later I sit in a very different office. For starters, it is in the midst of a busy parish rectory, with the phone ringing off the hook, the priest calling out for this or that, people needing mass cards, comfort, solace - or perhaps just a gas card to get to their low wage part time job.
Let me be clear - I did not hate my old job, in fact, I loved many things about it, especially the people the people that I worked with. However, in my new job, despite the lack of prestige, pay and privacy, I could not be happier. I am loving work. And loving work is also what I do, because the work of the church is to love. This makes me one very lucky person!
Spiritual director, campus minister, and author Mike Hayes explores this kind of transformation - and how others might set about doing the same thing, in his latest book, Loving Work. (Orbis, $16.00, 120 pp.) For Hayes, it is not just about loving what you do, but it is about being who you are - and that includes bringing loving into the work that you choose to do.
In full disclosure, Mike is a friend, and I was asked to provide a cover blurb, which I will restate here. After reading the book I said, "Some books are kept for a long time, because they nourish the soul or they are practical guides... Mike Hayes offers us both things with great wisdom in a book that you will want to keep.Read more ›