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Infused with sound Ignatian spirituality, warmth, wisdom, humor and a tremendous amount of insight, this book offers a way forward to better work - and a much better life. Whether pointing to practical details and planning, or focusing on our relationship with God, we are shown the value of the importance of seeking work that feeds the soul, as well as work that creates our living. --There Will Be Bread blog, timesunion.com

About the Author

Mike Hayes is the co-founder of Busted Halo, the celebrated national ministry and media network for hundreds of thousands of young adults, and is the author of Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20s and 30s (Paulist, 2007) which has become the standard manual for people who minister to this age group. His daily blog googlinggod.com is popular among people of all ages.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157075988X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570759888
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,917,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not so many years ago, but in what seems to be another lifetime now, I was a successful corporate executive. Today I am not unsuccessful, but my life has taken a different path; I am a writer and I work for the Catholic Church. Am I still successful? Depends on your definition, I suppose! I'm going to say yes, because I am "loving work."

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.
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My own story goes like this... One day I was sitting in my big office in Manhattan. It was not a corner office, but that was fine by me. I had a lot of room, a big desk and credenza, a bookcase, and even a small table where I could hold meetings for a few of us. I was living the dream! Sort of, anyway!

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.
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I just finished Mike's new book and thought it was excellent. I am sure you will enjoy the thoughtful way he discusses how God helped him find his true calling despite the path he was on and the wonderful people who helped him find where God wants him now. A witty and fast read, you will find laughter and joy in this shared experience of faith and commitment to being on the journey to work, (not a job!)
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