Automotive Holiday Deals Up to 50% Off Select Books Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Train egg_2015 All-New Amazon Fire TV Grooming Deals Gifts Under $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer cm15 cm15 cm15 $30 Off Amazon Echo $15 Off All-New Fire Kindle Voyage Cyber Monday Sweepstakes in Prime Music Outdoors Gift Guide on Tikes
Why Business Matters to God: and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $20.00
  • Save: $4.15 (21%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Why Business Matters to G... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Some shelfwear to outer cover/may have name inside/ or a few stray markings and some highlighting /inscription. Tightly bound copy
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Why Business Matters to God: (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed) Paperback – November 4, 2010

18 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$12.95 $2.14

Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book
$15.85 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • Why Business Matters to God: (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed)
  • +
  • Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
Total price: $27.43
Buy the selected items together

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more | Shop now

Editorial Reviews


"Van Duzer has given us a new paradigm for business and a framework to review it. This book is well suited for undergraduate business classes as students explore and learn about being a Christian in business as well as a Christian business owner. Pastors would gain to read this volume, as it would help them prepare and counsel those in their churches who are in business. Van Duzer has shown that a different way of looking at Christians in business is not only beneficial, but necessary." (Gavin Baker, Stone-Campbell Journal, Fall 2012)

"This book should be standard reading for business students of faith, giving them the theological undergirding of the vocation of business as a sacred calling from God. It affirms that it is possible to do business well and profitably by viewing it this way--as a service to the community and to employees." (Scott B. Rae, Journal of Markets and Morality, Vol. 14, No. 1)

"This book is a necessary read for any businessperson who takes both their business and faith seriously. Almost more important, however, is that this book should be read by Christians outside of the business world." (Craig Martin, The Marketplace, March-April 2011)

"Jeff Van Duzer understands business. He knows how to read the Bible. He can stand toe-to-toe with the theologians. Why Business Matters to God is a rare breed--a book of real-life business practice grounded in competent biblical scholarship. Business people can read it and see how to apply the Christian faith to their daily work. Scholars and pastors can read it and see exactly why business has an irreplaceable role in Christian life. The book is filled with cases and examples that bring every concept down to reality. Van Duzer is so clear and practical that I found myself mentally arguing with him page-by-page about the concrete practice of business in Christian perspective. Must be his classroom experience in encouraging debate. A huge contribution to the emerging discussion about what it means to follow Christ in the business world of the twenty-first century." (William Messenger, executive editor, Theology of Work Project, board of directors, ArQule, Inc., and adjunct professor of business ethics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

"In a crisp and clear fashion, Jeff Van Duzer gives us a theologically grounded and practically embodied understanding of a Christian view of business. He provides a compelling interdisciplinary synthesis that engages a comprehensive Christian theology with the complexities of running a business. It is a book which theologians and pastors will find useful as they seek to show the implications of faith. It is also a book which business leaders will find helpful as they seek to deepen and mature their work as a vocation. Through Scripture reflections, analogies, cases and stories, Van Duzer weaves a theological narrative that concretely includes business both in terms of the good that it does and the evil that it inflicts. The book helps us to see things whole and deeply in a world of business that can too easily see things partly and superficially." (Michael Naughton, Moss Chair in Catholic Social Thought, University of St. Thomas)

"Jeff Van Duzer has written an incredibly important book on a subject that, in recent years, has generated much more heat than light. Finally, we have a substantive, relevant book that articulates a theology of business that is both rich and practical. With clear insights derived from Scripture and the world of business, Van Duzer advances a vision for companies and their leaders that is purposeful, profitable and sustainable. He calls all of us to action by showing that we need a different way of doing business. Why Business Matters to God shows us how we can move forward, and it should be required reading for anyone in business who cares about the common good." (D. Michael Lindsay, author of Faith in the Halls of Power)

"No business school faculty has done a better job of exploring the integration of Christian faith and values with the education of business managers than Seattle Pacific University under the leadership of dean Jeff Van Duzer. Why Business Matters to God walks its readers through key biblical texts and themes on the one hand, and today's business challenges and opportunities on the other. Van Duzer interacts creatively with some of the best classic and contemporary thinkers on the subject of faith and work. A good and important read for business veterans as well as students and recent grads." (David W. Gill, Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology & Business Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)

"I have been looking for a book like this for over twenty years. Now it finally exists. The majority of Christians in the world are engaged in some kind of business activity. Though churches and dozens of books provide helpful guidance on how to do business in ethical ways, tragically, very few offer insight into why God would have someone do business at all. This book lays a solid and practical foundation for a theological understanding of God's purposes for business and in so doing issues a prophetic challenge: maximizing profit isn't even on the list of God's purposes for business. Rather, God has far deeper and more life-giving reasons to call people to business. Drawing on the author's rich experience both in the 'business' of law and as the dean of a remarkable Christian business school, on his theological studies, and on his exceptional skill as an educator and communicator, this book is a feast of spiritual insights, business case studies and very practical implications. It deserves to be a must-read for Christians in business, for business courses in colleges and business schools, and for church fellowship groups." (Tim Dearborn, director of Christian commitments, World Vision International)

"In Why Business Matters to God, Van Duzer, a lawyer turned business-school dean, treads where most clergy and theologians fear to go, yet where most parishioners must go every day: into the marketplace. Van Duzer resists easy stereotyping and business bashing, opting instead for a careful theological treatment of the role of business in God's created order. Noting the practical good and harm that flow from business in a fallen world, Van Duzer offers theological framing and practical ideas for how business can be redeemed, discover a new purpose and even become a new creation. Van Duzer is to be applauded and his model should be carefully considered by those who choose to be in the world but not of it." (David W. Miller, Ph.D., director, Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative, associate research scholar, and president, The Avodah Institute)

"It would be hard to imagine a better book on business from a Christian perspective. Why Business Matters to God is solidly biblical, deeply theological and realistically practical. It is a must-read not only for all Christians in business, but also for pastors and other church leaders who are committed to helping the people of God live each day for God's purposes in the world." (Mark D. Roberts, senior director and scholar-in-residence, Laity Lodge, Texas)

"Why Business Matters to God is thought-provoking. It is a theological review of 'the beginning,' 'the Fall' and 'the restoration' of God's image bearers and the resulting struggle for those engaged in business who desire to honor God. Van Duzer logically and persuasively makes the case that such business necessities as being efficient and profitable should be subordinate to the foremost responsibility of serving the public--an achievable calling, with prayer and the Holy Spirit's help." (Richard C. Chewning, Emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics, Baylor University)

"Van Duzer skillfully situates the purposes of business in the context of the grand narrative of God's creation, humankind's Fall, and our and the world's ultimate redemption. With a writing style that is both accessible and inviting, he integrates sound theology and 'real world' common sense in addressing the Christian business person's endemic search for meaning and motivation in business. Well done!" (Dr. Mitchell J. Neubert, Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business, Baylor University)

"Dean Van Duzer has written an important book and written it well. Born in his own skepticism and refined through years of insightful reflection, his scriptural framework has contributed meaningfully to my understanding and inspires my daily work in the noble calling of business. He achieves his intention of being both affirming and provocative, and the questions he asks will help transform the minds of many as we strive to live into the answers, here, 'between the finish lines.'" (Barry Rowan, EVP, CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, Vonage)

"A significant book. Van Duzer lays a solid theological framework for understanding business in the context of God's creativity, human depravity and Christ's redemption. Well written and chock-full of vivid vignettes from the marketplace." (Alec Hill, president, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, and author of Just Business: Christian Ethics for the Marketplace)

"This book explores the creative dimensions of God's purpose and meaning for business. It is a must-read for those who are seeking to glorify God as they do business." (C. William Pollard, Chairman Emeritus, The ServiceMaster Company)

About the Author

Jeff Van Duzer (JD, Yale Law School) is Provost of Seattle Pacific University after previously serving twelve years as Dean of the School of Business and Economics and Professor of Business Ethics and Business Law. He practiced as a partner with the international law firm Davis Wright Tremaine for more than twenty years, concentrating in commercial finance and natural resources while serving on the firm’s Executive Committee and as the Partner in Charge in their largest office. Van Duzer is a frequent speaker on the theology of business and is the author of Why Business Matters to God, along with a number of articles in academic and popular journals. He lives with his wife Margie and has two grown sons.

Hero Quick Promo
Holiday Deals in Kindle Books
Save up to 85% on more than 1,000 Kindle Books. These deals are valid until November 30, 2015. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830838880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830838882
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #396,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Griffin on October 12, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Why Business Matters to God is an solid introduction to business from God's perspective for anyone interested in the topic. Granted mostly followers of Christ who work in the business world will find the book most directly applicable to their life, but it has value for everyone, especially pastors or those seeking to better understand how to integrate their faith and work in a more biblical manner.

Van Duzer has done well addressing such a major topic in such a short book. Almost any portion of this book could have been a book in itself. Because of the length, it leaves some critical areas under addressed. The topic of profit is addressed briefly at the end, but I found myself wanting to read more about the issue.

From a theological perspective, Van Duzer is thoroughly biblical in his approach. He has strongly grounded his work in a biblical theology that will resonate well with many of today's Christian readers. Due to the resurgence of Reformed thought among younger believers, the narrative approach to understanding business will prove to be a fertile ground to plant the fact that business does matter to God.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Sun on July 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Why Business Matters to God is timely, clear, and biblical.

Instead of focusing on individual ethics of a business person, Van Duzer takes a more big picture approach by framing business in the context of the story of God. This alone makes the book outstanding.

Furthermore, Van Duzer shows the intrinsic value of business when it's done God's way which validates a calling to the marketplace not as a second rate Christianity, but as a calling at the core of God's mission in the world.

This read is worth every second.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Adam Smith on November 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a very unique book. It combines theological exegesis of the basis of business with practical insights from the author's personal business experience. It is not merely idealistic, but eminently practical in scope. He begins with an unfinished parable of three students who ask a pastor for career advice. One is considering law school, one medical school and the final one is considering business school. The pastor says that God's purpose for law is his concern for justice; his purpose for medicine is his concern for healing. The parable ends there. God's purpose for business was not stated. I think this is how many who desire to serve God in the business world feel. What is God's purpose for business?

He then discusses God's purpose for business. He makes the case that God's purpose is not merely instrumental (a means to another end). In other words, business is not just to earn money so it can be put to good uses. It has a much higher purpose. It requires us to dig a little deeper into the Bible, but the answer is there. He utilizes a "narrative hermeneutic": it looks at the larger biblical picture and draws conclusions.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon on February 25, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Jeff beautifully hits the mark in framing a Christian theology, then running business principles through that framework to assess the merits of the concepts and provide a deeper framework to work through ideas. Jeff doesn't ordain the market as a moral framework and thus call off all criticism of how capitalism works, instead he frames the Christian worldview and uses that to find points within capitalism that are in alignment and parts that are not. In other words, he wisely acknowledges that the point of discussion is not whether socialism is better than capitalism, he focuses on capitalism and asks, "with our knowledge of the truth, what does it say about how we function with a capitalistic economic system."

Thank you Jeff for your contribution!As a future corollary to this work, a deeper analysis of the following topics through your approach would be great -

How this framework changes the definition of profit, GDP, economic development - that is when framed through the purpose of serving others and focused on human flourishment, these concepts will need to be changed. (e.g. GDP increasing by means of more work done by divorce lawyers, the sale of pornography, and the such does not mean that economic development is beneficial to human life). It just means that more trade is occuring, but the nature of that trade must be understood to ascertain whether life is benefited or negatively affected.

How the roles of investors, employees, and customers are affected by this framework. With the existence of b-corporations, a full spectrum of opportunities now exist for money deployers (investors and donors) across non-profit, b-corp, and for-profit entities.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Why Business Matters to God: (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed)
This item: Why Business Matters to God: (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed)
Price: $15.85
Ships from and sold by

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: make up companies, of authentic transformation vision christ