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Work and Leisure in Christian Perspective: Paperback – May 7, 2002
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Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) is professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he has twice received the "teacher of the year" award.
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His description of the definition, purpose and meaning of both work and leisure will satisfy both men and women. His history of attitudes towards work and leisure will also satisfy most, although Ryken has the tendency to view industrialization as bad and idolize the middle ages. Ryken's expertise on the Puritans highly qualifies him as he describes the original Puritan work ethic, an ethic he largely agrees with. Nevertheless, he sometimes only uses a few quotes in the attempt to disprove long held prejudices about the ethic, whether true or not. Ryken overviews the theology and ethics of both work and leisure in a more doctrinal manner, especially quoting the Reformers.
In sum, such a book like Ryken's provides the biblical foundation for a healthy view of both work and leisure our society, let alone our Christian faith and practice, greatly needs. If you are having struggles with either not wanting to work, feeling despondent about work, or feeling guilty about playing too much, this book will help you come to a thoroughly biblical view of the topics.