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T. D. Jakes
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Book Description

October 6, 2009
First time in paperback from the New York Times bestselling author of Reposition Yourself--the man Time magazine called ?America?s best preacher.?

For those dealing with an abusive boss, gossiping coworkers, demanding deadlines, or the sheer boredom of unfulfilling work, T. D. Jakes offers reassurance that God has placed everyone where they are for a reason. And when people learn to work with Him, they?ll fulfill their true purpose? while feeling strength instead of stress. This is an inspiring volume for those who dread the day ahead, and want to turn their job into a more positive experience.

With simple, surprising strategies, ranging from Don?t expect to be appreciated to Do not pledge allegiance to cliques and groups to Always keep your song near you, T. D. Jakes shows readers how to find true success at work, and extend that Sunday spirit through the long work weeks in between.




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How many of us dread waking up on a weekday . . and trundling in to yet another less-than-happy day at the workplace? Texas-based bishop T. D. Jakes--author of Maximize the Moment (2000), among other books, and pulpit raconteur and on-air celebrity--summarizes his new approach to vocations by drawing on the stories in the Bible, and on quotes and prayers based on that liturgy. Imploring all to remember that God has reasons for people to stay and leave jobs, and that work is all about fulfilling missions, he articulates his 10 commandments, and the benefits of looking at work through positive and spiritual lenses. Order number two, for instance, admonishes readers not to "expect to be appreciated"; he goes on to explain that to strive for that is to pander to please people, not to please a higher being. In his fifth "thou shalt," he offers alternatives to letting work get the best of you: consider exercise, find new relationships, take advantage of vacation, among others. The end goal? To enlighten, inspire, and energize. Barbara Jacobs
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425230376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425230374
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Resources of Its Kind Anywhere! February 13, 2006
Format:Hardcover
This book is a lifeline for people who feel trapped in a job that seems meaningless. Bishop Jakes shows you where the meaning can be found, using God's Word as his guide. He starts by explaining that it is a compliment from God that you have been placed in such inauspicious surroundings and cites precedents from the Bible of others who were favored by God who faced similar challenges.

The ten commandments of making the most of the "hostile season" during the process of overcoming are valid. Each one is described in detail. His grandmother taught Bishop Jakes by example. I won't spoil the surprise, but the lessons she imparted carried over from one generation to the next.

The reader is reminded, "No matter where you are right now...God has not abandoned you of the dreams that He's seeded in your heart." Each chapter concludes with a prayer designed to help you apply what you have just been taught. I didn't want the book to end. I read it slowly, relishing it, marking it, highlighting key points, and adding margin notes. This is my reading style anyway, but for this book my interaction was intensified due to the book's richness. This is the kind of book that can be read, re-read, and read some more.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Working-Place Guide of Principles. March 29, 2005
Format:Hardcover
The ten principles explained in detail in this book are for the secular, "work" world, and should be remembered along with the Ten Commandments of the Bible. Written by a "bishop" who authored the book and produced the movie, WOMAN, THOU ART LOOSED!

His Ten committments:

1. Know that you are anointed for the job or position you now hold!

2. Don't expect to be appreciated.

3. Embrace opportunities for change.

4. Do the job well while remembering the vision.

5. Don't let the environment get inside of you.

6. Increase your capacity to work with difficult personalities.

7. Where you are is not where you are going!

8. Achieve optimal results with minimal confusion.

9. Do not pledge allegiance to cliques and groups!

10. Always keep your song near you.

As can be seen throughout all ten of these commandments, you are gifted with special and unique abilities to succeed in the workplace where you find yourself; make the most of the opportunities as this chance may never come again. Count Your Blessings!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars help for work and my walk with Jesus... August 1, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I have to say this is one of the best books I have read in some time. A Christian co-worker and I are in a spiritual battle where we work and after praying scripture over the place and opening it up to let Jesus in, it is turning around to a better place to work and it is much calmer now. Then, I find this book and now I am turning around and calming down and really letting God be in charge. The "truths" that are written in this book are inspired. I got this book from the library but I will buy it so I can take it to work along with The Word (sword of the Spirit) and take the place over for Christ!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment August 28, 2005
Format:Hardcover
Bishop T.D. Jakes is really a blessed man of God. The book "Ten Commandfments of Working in a Hostile Environment" really hit home to me personally. Alot of the things which Bishop Jakes wrote about really appealed to me and I will now seek to embrace the positive apects of the job and just be really thankful to God that I have a job. I must first realize that I am annointed for the position that I now hold and realize that once I embrace that concept the blessing will come for the promotion and the other things which the Lord has promised. Too often when we form groups within the company that can be negative for the individual as one is often viewed by the group or the company one keeps. Bishop Jakes's book is excellent; a good read for every working individual. It it should become the workers manual.

I have been blessed by just reading it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank Goodness for a book like this! February 26, 2007
Format:Hardcover
This book has helped me to focus my attention on me instead of the issues at work which are beyond my control. If you're in a job that seems stressful and you need some encouragement, this book is for you. You can choose to be happy at work or you can choose to be miserable. This book clearly let's you see which choice is in your best interest! You can be peaceful at work regardless to your work circumstance if you choose to. This book was worth reading and sharing with other people that I work with.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great book March 19, 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I had a friend who was going thru some very difficult times at work with a few co-workers. I saw the book and purchased it for myself but once I read it I knew that my friend could benefit from reading it so I gave it to her because her situation was more complex than mine. She thanked me for the book because she knew that it would help her to better understand how to survive in a hostile work environment.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Convicting June 2, 2005
By DV
Format:Hardcover
I didn't think this would be super applicable to where I was in my walk with God. It is a simple read, but I found I couldn't really put the book down. God convicted me of areas that I STILL hadn't submitted to those in authority over me.

He speaks very plainly and clearly. Many of us work in less than ideal areas whether it be the work, the people we work with, the conditions, etc. He speaks as one who understands the pressures and I found the Holy Spirit convicting me of areas that still needed work.

There were even times I found myself angry at what Brother Jakes wrote. Then, I knew it was my own flesh speaking and warring against the Word of God. That's a tough one. I am appreciative of Brother Jakes being used of God to write how we can better work for the companies we work for -- if we as Christians don't do the best jobs, then what does that say about who we are as people in Christ?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
Happy to be able to purchase several copies for this price to help young people that are still working…from someone who is now retired… this book helped me a lot!!!
Published 5 days ago by Annie R Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring!!
If you feel like you are in a "hostile work environment" this is a great read to help your get through all the trials.
Published 1 month ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing insight
TDJakes has an amazing way to put the principles of Gods Word into practical experiences in our daily work life. I had never thought of my work as being anointed from God. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jennifer durant
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a big help
This book helped me in so many ways as I dealt with a very challenging group of people at my job. I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with their job.
Published 2 months ago by praiseonpiano
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Easy to read. I love the prayers at the end of each chapter.
Published 3 months ago by Jorge A. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a great tool for anyone working in a hostile environment
This book is a great tool for anyone working in a hostile environment. Reminds us to keep our vision out in front of us and don't be discouraged.
Published 4 months ago by tanesha holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Purchases as a gift. Received in outstanding condition.
Purchases as a gift. Received in outstanding condition.
Published 4 months ago by Teresa's choice
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Jakes doesn't work where I do.
Published 6 months ago by Darwin L. Bartels
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Awesome read!
Published 6 months ago by Katrina Dixon
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Great book
Published 6 months ago by Doris Jacobs
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More About the Author

T. D. Jakes is the CEO of TDJ Enterprises, LLP; founder and senior pastor of The Potter's House of Dallas, Inc., which has over 30,000 members; and the author of the New York Times bestselling Making Great Decisions and Reposition Yourself. Time magazine and CNN referred to him as "America's Best Preacher." His TV show, The Potter's Touch, reaches 67 million households per month. He has been the host of national radio and television broadcasts and is regularly featured on the highly rated Dr. Phil show. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, five children, and two grandchildren.

Visit T. D. Jakes online at www.tdjakes.com.

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