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  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Great Expectations Book (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883934117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883934118
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Berggren on July 20, 2006
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This book has been a tremendous blessing to our family and an encouragement for each one of us to work harder and with more joy in the task. I highly recommend it for the whole family!! We have somewhere lost the motivation to work-that being, bringing glory to God, taking care of what He has given us and knowing that a job worth doing is worth doing well. The author uses every day simple stories to bring forth some long needed truths to the areas of work. The author dispels many of today's common thinking patterns concerning work, such as laziness, slothfulness, greediness and half-heartedness. Instead he motivates us to reach for the greater good of a job well done. I highly recommend this book to families who wish to encourage their children (and themselves) to what the true purposes of work are.
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One of the best things my father gave me was a work ethic. I want my kids to have it too. A good work ethic will give them choices in life and make them a pleasure to employ. Bob Schultz gives us 35 short chapters that each contain lessons in bringing out the joy and value of work.

I read Created for Work out loud to my 11 year old son. My 14 year old daughter didn't want to miss out, so she joined us. They both loved it and even requested readings on days when time was short. A book about work that an 11 and 14 year old liked? Yes. It was good for me too. Even with a work ethic, I struggle with laziness and Schultz provides the antidote. Though it's geared toward young men, all could benefit from this biblically based guide to work.
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Bob Schultz has done it again. Just as in his earlier book, Boyhood and Beyond, this book is full of short lessons taught with fitting and interesting stories from his own life. We've been using these books for family study, and we're all (male and female) getting a lot out of them. Bob Schultz writes as a humble, hard-working Christian who's using the special talents God gave him, including excellent writing skills. and his books inspire us all to seek to serve the Lord in the way we conduct our lives and businesses. This is one of the best devotionals for families I've come across, and I've been suggesting it to friends who have sons from the upper elementary years and up. For those with only younger children, I'd recommend "Our 24 Family Ways, by Clay Clarkson.
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We went through this book with our 3 daughters because we believe a good work ethic is important to girls as well as boys! Each chapter is easy to complete in one sitting and discuss. Questions at the end of the chapters spurred discussion that helped us make application in daily situations. My husband is a pastor and he felt the theology of this topic was excellent and well presented. Our daughters always wanted Dad to read another chapter! We're recommending it to all our friends!
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We're working our way through this during family devotions with my son. I like the organization of the text, with individual lessons of 2-3 pages max, followed by a set of simple questions. This makes it perfect for a 15-20 minute nighly devotion. I would have liked to see more scripture references...or maybe just a tighter link between each lesson and scripture, but that's more of a personal preference. I am able to pull out related scriptures on my own, and draw my son's attention to them, so in the end it is acieving its desired purpose. So far, most of the illustrations used by the author are in the area of carpentry/construction, which makes sense given his particular vocation. On the other hand, my son is not particularly interested in these types of activities, so a greater variety of illustrations would have been more useful. Again, I am able to fill in those blanks with things more specific to his life/interests. Overall, I'm glad I purchased the book, and would recommend it to others attempting to instill a solid work ethic into their children.
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I got this to read with my sons as we had just finished Mr. Schultz' book "Boyhood and Beyond" and enjoyed it. However, Mr. Schultz has some approaches to boys working that I don't agree with, such as making them pay for their room and board as early as 10 years old. He does do a good job of repeating the themes of going above and beyond expectations, taking the initiative, seeking opportunities to work/serve, and using your time wisely. They just come across in ways different than what I expected.

I'm not sure we'll finish this book.
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Dear Fellow Book-Lovers: My husband and I are blessed with four sons (and, one daughter) and I am so thankful that we came across this book. It is written in such a way that makes it easy for a parent to easily read a chapter a day to the children--I do believe it would be best as a read aloud. Everyone can learn to be a better worker from this book. I liked it so much that I gave away a copy on my blog. The author is fun and wise and a good writer. "Created for Work" feels more like a conversation with a good friend than reading a book.
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I haven't found anything out there like this book. It is a wonderful devotional for both boys and girls, and has a way of both convicting and encouraging - but without you actually telling your kids these things yourself! I've spent evenings where my younger ones have volunteered all kinds of ideas for ways of spending their time productively. This casts sloth in a whole new light for the olders (who have entered the temptations of "teen-tiredness".) Fun gets them going, but not industry. This books puts the highlight on lives truly given over to His purposes. Wonderful aid to Godly parenting and preparation of our treasured children to face life as one of His own.
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