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Mastering Monday: A Guide to Integrating Faith and Work Hardcover – July 16, 2006
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"I have had the privilege of knowing John Beckett for many years. I have visited his company and interacted with his employees. Mastering Monday is not theory, but evidence of what God can do through an individual life. This book is an encouragement to any business leaders who want to make a difference where God has placed them." (André Thornton, Author, Businessman, Former First Baseman for the Cleveland Indians)
"A timely and relevant book that challenges us to live out our faith in our daily lives. John Beckett's personal journey reflects the principles he advocates. A must-read book for anyone who desires to serve God in the workplace." (Johanna C. Zeilstra, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase)
"If Loving Monday convinced you that your faith belongs at work as much as it belongs at church, Mastering Monday will give you the confidence and the foundation to not only integrate faith and the workplace, but to do it boldly. Someone needs to make a difference. . . . You are that someone." (Pat Wingen, Founder and President, AaLadin Industries Inc.)
"John Beckett is a man who has learned from experience. He was thrown into the business world at a young age and did marvelously. He applies Christian principles and now is in a position to help others integrate their faith in the workplace." (Steve Douglass, president, Campus Crusade for Christ)
"Beckett hits another home run! Tested by real business challenges and wise from years of biblical reflection, Beckett's Mastering Monday is a winner. This book on integrating faith at work avoids simplistic platitudes; it's practical, faith-filled and worthy." (David W. Miller, Ph.D., Executive Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture)
"The greatest attribute of Mastering Monday is its author, John Beckett. He is a man of character and integrity who knows not simply how to write about managing an organization but clearly knows how to do it with effectiveness. Mastering Monday is a book that can help take your life and organization to a new level." (Phil Savage, General Manager, Cleveland Browns)
"You will find no one better qualified to address this topic than John Beckett. He has demonstrated, during the sixteen years I have known him, a great understanding of how to integrate faith and work in the marketplace. His practical advice on how to do this is essential reading whether you are an entrepreneur or the CEO of a Fortune 100 company." (Mac McQuiston, President, CEO Forum, Inc.)
"John Beckett once again speaks to all of us in business on the true teachings of Christ in regard to the 'oneness' of our spiritual life and our life at work. Mastering Monday gives us examples from both biblical times as well as current events on the struggle that all leaders face, and many examples of leaders who have based their leadership philosophy on Judeo-Christian values and the blessings that have followed." (Matthew K. Rose, chairman, president and CEO, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation)
"This is yet another powerful book by John Beckett wherein his passion and insight into working with God can help us all produce lives, products and services that represent our Master as well. It comes from a man whose integrity, and what he has actually produced, punctuate it with a quiet, compelling authenticity." (Dennis Peacocke, President, Strategic Christian Services)
"Mastering Monday focuses on the business workplace, but its call to a life of Christian integrity is equally applicable to all professions. Today, when cynicism and narrow self-interest seem to dominate our culture, these personal stories celebrating and illustrating the power of service and the practical value of the Christian walk are truly heartwarming. In simple and gracious style, John Beckett reminds us by modern example and biblical reflection not only that the Christian faith is true, but also that Jesus' lordship brings abundant life--even at work." (Ian Hutchinson, Professor and Head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Mastering Monday: A Guide to Integrating Faith and Work is written by my friend John Beckett. It couldn't be more timely. It combines important biblical insights about work with individual testimonies of both success and failure. There are few in America today who can write with more authority and insight on this subject than John. I highly recommend it." (Chuck Colson, Founder and Chairman, Prison Fellowship)
"This is a fantastic book written by one of America's premier business leaders. John does a masterful job communicating the leadership lessons born of wisdom and faith that mark every successful, competent leader. Every page is lined with fresh insights." (Gayle D. Beebe, President, Spring Arbor University)
"John Beckett's Mastering Monday is a further development of the theme he discussed in his first book, Loving Monday. The secret that nurtures the connection between faith and work lies in understanding Beckett's passion to walk intimately with Jesus in his personal life, constantly seeking practical wisdom from the Bible. This book serves as a guide to all kingdom business practitioners." (Tetsunao Yamamori, International Director, LCWE, coeditor, On Kingdom Business, President Emeritus, Food for the Hungry International)
"Having read just about everything in the 'faith at work' literature, I found Mastering Monday to be something different, something refreshing. That's no surprise, though, since it's authored by John Beckett, a man who broke new ground with his first book, Loving Monday. Now, in this book, John leads us on a reflective journey through the Scriptures to discover God's perspective on integrating faith and work. I was delighted to follow." (Michael Zigarelli, Dean, Regent University School of Business)
"John Beckett's book Mastering Monday is a memoir and tutorial on how a young CEO faced down adversity and achieved remarkable success in business along with personal fulfillment by ordering his life and work around the people and principles in the Bible. If you, like me, want to know what the real thing looks like, this is it." (J. Stanley Oakes Jr., President, The King's College, New York City)
"An awesome book--by a choice servant of God. John's book is a must for every Christian, especially in the workplace, who strives for integrity and completeness with God in all of life, not separating sacred and secular. With God, all is holy and sacred." (Henry T. Blackaby, president of Blackaby Ministries International, coauthor of Experiencing God)
"Some Christians have bought the heresy that they should separate their Christianity from the workplace. John Beckett updates authentic Christian tradition and provides examples of Christians who do not accept the false division between Christianity and the workplace. This is a book of value to every Christian, the bosses and workers alike." (Paul M. Weyrich, Chairman and CEO, Free Congress Foundation, Washington, D.C.)
About the Author
John D. Beckett is chairman of R. W. Beckett Corporation (Elyria, Ohio), which, with its new affiliates is one of the world's leading manufacturers of residential and commercial heating systems. He is board chairman of Intercessors for America, a founding board member of The King's College in New York City and a director of Graphic Packaging Corporation. In 1999, the Christian Broadcasting Network named him "Christian Businessman of the Year." He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Spring Arbor University in 2002, and was named manufacturing "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst and Young in 2003. His first book, Loving Monday, is currently available in over twelve languages.
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The section "Companions on the Journey" provides a number of biblical stories and characters from which much is to be learned and applied to our work world today. These are not one size fits all stories, but the characters and illustrations the author selects will provide much to think about. This is mixed in with some stories of contemporary business leaders and recent situations they have faced and their responses.
Finally, a discussion of God's workplace agenda and what theme's the author believes are critical in this discussion. In light of some recent business failures (more specifically failures of leadership) - this section does a good job of connecting the themes to "good business". It is a reminder of what really matters - and some encouragement to have the courage to do the right things.
This is a pretty quick reading book, but I don't think it is a read once and put it on the shelf. I'm sure I'll be referring back to it every year or so to remind myself of proper perspectives and to be encouraged in my work.
From the outset "Mastering Monday" steps right into the nitty gritty work situations that regularly grab newspaper headlines tackling issues like .... personal conflict....union confrontation....attempted takeovers....global fall-out of bad business, etc. this leads into John Beckett focusing the reader on essential management policies and practices, the need to rethink relationships, as well as the balance between work and family, employee health, safety issues, and the bottom line in the balance sheet. This book sets out a corporate roadmap that spells out vision, mission, core values and principles essential to forge a balanced corporate character of your business.
"Mastering Monday" is designed to help businesses in the work place to bridge the gap between faith in God and everyday work bringing these two worlds together. John boldly relates some well known Biblical examples of godly personalities who set the highest standards of outstanding leadership from Noah to Jesus. There is a compelling chapter spelling out the end of business where God's principles of integrity and equity are ignored. John illustrates his point with some well known examples of corporate collapse due to business excess, pride, abusing influence in the workplace and devaluing people, with the subsequent impact on the business community and society in general.
In the final chapters John lays out five rock solid structural building blocks for a business based on sound Biblical principles that transcended time and circumstances. These principles cover areas such as....a sense of purpose....core values....the importance of people....stewardship in business and what it means to serve. Again John uses practical examples of these principles which have dynamically effected many spheres of today's business world and the benefits they have brought, not only to individuals but to the community by and large.
Momentum for change is touching hundreds of corporations and organisations as they rethink how they can live out sound Biblical principles in business in seeking to integrate faith and work. This is a genuine move of God potentially changing the whole landscape of work as an integrated part of living out a Christ-centered life naturally in the business world. I would highly reccommend "Mastering Monday" to every one involved in business and management.
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