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God at Work (Redesign): Your Christian Vocation in All of Life Paperback – August 2, 2011
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Gene Edward Veith (PhD, University of Kansas) serves as the provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College, where he also oversees both academic affairs and student affairs. He previously worked as the culture editor of World magazine. Veith and his wife, Jackquelyn, have three grown children and seven grandchildren.
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More than this, the author draws from Martin Luther's writing on vocation to describe God's hidden role in our work. The Lord works through our activity, even the most mundane, to further His kingdom and glorify Himself. Understanding this results in a comprehensive "theology of ordinary life." "Most people seek God in mystical experiences. . . To find Him in vocation brings Him, literally, down to earth, [and] makes us see how close He really is to us."
God At Work is inspiring. It's a well-written handling of an important subject, increasingly important as the world urges us to segregate faith from all public life. Veith argues that God didn't establish secular work apart of the sacred. He designed everything as sacred.
Being an artist and art teacher, I felt even more convinced that this is exactly what I was born to do. With this contentment also comes a renewed energy in wanting to do my job as best as I can and to be patient in my job and know that God is using me to accomplish His goals.
The book points out too that often when we are discouraged it is the enemy of our souls wanting us to give up and often when the stress and pressure are the greatest, that is when God is using us the most and that is exactly where we should be. Encountering troubles and struggles is exaclty what Christians are supposed to doing. No flowery beds of ease. It is a fight for those who want to truly live for Jesus Christ.
Dr. Veith writes with a graceful fluidity that is easy on the mind. He deals with a great human issue in a very warm and Biblical way. He knows what he is writing about and he takes the reader down new paths that are thrilling and fortifying.
This book is worth its weight in gold and it is one that you will refer back to many times over. It is a treasure and I only wish it were in hard cover. Then it would be totally perfect!
This book could've been better with a discussion of methodology. Also, the book would be improved if the author would move past thinking of the "purpose" of vocation to its "purposes." The author even discusses other purposes within the book itself.
Nevertheless, this book is highly recommended for the topic.
Martin Luther in the Reformation returned the church of Christ to its proper understanding of work and vocation. Thus, to Luther even the common plowboy or in modern work a gas station attendant, is every bit as important as work as the missionary in Africa if done in faith in Christ.
This great restoration of Biblical teaching by Luther was furthered by Gustaf Wingren's classic "On Vocation." Veith was given this book, from whose reading comes this work.
Veith has the gift to put the complex in simple sentences and vocabulary. Wingren is difficult reading for most pastors, let alone the common layperson.
Classic quotes come from this,e.g. "But work done in faith has a different significance than work that is done in unbelief. The doctrine of vocatin helps Christians see the ordinary labors of life to be charged with meaning."
This will benefit those who read its treasures and apply it to their own vocations.