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Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck Paperback – December 22, 2011
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About the Author
Kevin and Kathi have eight children and live in the Columbus, Ohio area. Kevin was with a large CPA firm for many years before taking on various executive roles, and now serves as Chief Operating Officer of The Coming Home Network International, an apostolate that assists non-Catholic clergy and laity on the journey to the Catholic Church and beyond.
The story of Kevin's conversion appears in Patrick Madrid's popular book Surprised by Truth 2 and is entitled Son of a Preacher Man.
Kevin serves on the Board of Directors for Our Sunday Visitor and is President of the Columbus chapter of Legatus, and enjoys writing and speaking on many topics.
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Lowry has worn many different hats during his professional life: door-to-door salesman, accountant, senior vice-president at an international company, and now executive vice-president and chief operating officer of The Coming Home Network. Because of that, Kevin shares what he has actually lived. This book is filled with stories and through them, Kevin shares the hard won insights and principles that guide his work life as a Catholic Christian.
One of the most striking principles for me personally was drawn from his story of needing to find a new job, one that would allow him more time at home, when his seventh child, David, was born with a rare, congenital disease. That's a scary position for any parent, but add to it the stress of being the sole breadwinner, and you've got fertile ground for a coronary! But Kevin and his family came through it - with much prayer, a leap of faith, and then the right door opening; and Kevin learned a principle that I want to apply to my own incredibly busy life as a disciple, dad, and full-time employee:
"Assuming that [God] didn't set us up for failure, it follows that we always have time to do God's will. If we don't have time to do everything, there are items on our to-do list that shouldn't be there, or shouldn't be there right now.Read more ›
In Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck (Our Sunday Visitor, paperback, 135 pages), Kevin Lowry shows us how to ignite the New Evangelization in the most common of places--the workplace. Most Americans spend most of their time on the job, which means the workplace is a vast mission field. But how do we spread our faith in such secular environments?
According to Kevin, not through obnoxious proselytizing. Instead we should develop a virtuous work ethic, ground our success on more than our title or salary, and display a resilient charity that brings light to the workplace. As Kevin explains, living our faith on the job is primarily about how we act day-to-day. He follows Pope Paul VI who noted, "modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses."
And Kevin's a great witness himself. Throughout the book he shares his wisdom on what's worked and not worked throughout his career. Yet the book is also packed with plenty of other examples. From the friend who abstains from office gossip, to the co-worker who finds meaning beyond the daily grind, Kevin's stories provide blueprints for effective witnessing at work.
If you're looking for a helpful, yet challenging guide to faith in the workplace, Faith at Work is it.
Lowry comes about this approach honestly as a late bloomer who graduated from Franciscan University (after a false start) then went on to get his CPA and gain an MBA. He got more than expected at Franciscan by being exposed to, and inspired by the depth and beauty of Catholic teachings. Lowry subsequently left his Presbyterian roots (the son of a Presbyterian minister) and came into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Lowry writes that work provides us with one of the greatest opportunities to grow closer to God as we fulfill our mission for God by sanctifying our daily work. In "Faith at Work," he outlines what maximizing value really is, how to build our own team, how to develop the right perspective and balance, the importance of gratitude and prayer, the use of patience in dry times, the importance of forgiveness, dealing with diversity, and meeting the challenges of life.
Each of the book's thirteen chapters ends with action-steps, and questions for reflection, a "how-to" on incorporating these learnings into your daily life.
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Kevin Lowry’s “Faith at Work” is a very practical, straightforward, quick, and easy read. With that said, the advice here for Catholics has never been more important than in this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ChrisG
Great practical read from a business leader's perspective. I enjoyed the examples and their applicability to my current circumstancesPublished 11 months ago by Kinday
We ran a 30 day group with this book and it was excellent! Worth the time to read it! Very practical!Published 20 months ago by David
If you are looking for a silver bullet to integrate faith into your work life for the purpose of sharing your faith this book is not it. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by justin Philip Milne
I saw Kevin on my favorite show, "The Journey Home", went to his blog, contacted him, and he sent me a review copy of his book. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Gord Wilson
Kevin Lowry's Faith at Work exceeded my expectations. There are many silent people of faith working in the business world every day but we never hear from them. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Kenneth J. Howell
Kevin Lowry has provided today's worker with a fantastic guide to living their faith in the workplace. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Pete
Kevin writes in a clear and concise manner, using a conversational tone and engaging stories, to share timeless lessons and eternal truths. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Catholic1