Item description for The Gift of Work: Spiritual Disciplines for the Workplace by Bill Heatley & Dallas Willard...
Overview Bill Heatley believes that instead of a curse, work should be a blessing. Learn the 3 key elements to shift our mindset: Principles of Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, and Kingdom Living. The result is a new way to approach our work, and a doorway to discovering meaning, purpose, and value in whatever we do.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.31" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.48" Weight: 0.41 lbs.
Release Date Aug 29, 2008
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1600061346 ISBN13 9781600061349
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More About Bill Heatley & Dallas Willard
Bill Heatley has decades of experience in corporate America as an information technology professional. He has served Fortune 500 companies and managed his own business, both roles providing him with necessary insights as a Christian. Bill is on the board of directors for the Theology of Work Project. He and his wife live in Oak Park, California.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Gift of Work: Spiritual Disciplines for the Workplace?
Work: What Was God Thinking? Oct 7, 2008
Bill Heatley postulates that work is a measure of whom you serve not what you do or how successful you are. Surprisingly, coverage of this subject, in a country that has the number one workforce in the world, is taken too lightly as a side offering in short order teachings or after lunch conference curriculum. But Bill and God have a lot more to say about how to incorporate the joys, strengths, struggles, and beliefs---opportunities embedded all day long in the workplace. Right from the start, I connected with his candid illumination. His failures make it easier to believe that his successes were tangible, if I will surrender to the context that living out each moment within my work is God intention. There are measurable checkpoints, solid Biblical sourcing, and highlights of other great authors included. It's an easy read, and a great stepping-stone to opening up this so often a shielded area of our lives. The first chapter, Work: What Was God Thinking, aptly applies to every aspect of this great and timely book.
Big Ideas and Little Details Sep 22, 2008
My favorite thing about this book is that it combines the big picture issues (purpose of work, whole-life discipleship, making space for God) with street level ideas of what it looks like to live this everyday from 9-5. Too many books offer six tips to a perfect life with no overall purpose and framework. But this one offers those capital-T truth ideas that we don't hear anymore: reconciling success with goodness, redefining success for the follower of Jesus, stating that God's purpose for work is to "bring people together in loving community for mutual benefit and support." Bill quotes from the best: Dallas Willard, C. S. Lewis, William Law, Brother Lawrence, and Frank Laubach. Yet he also gives practical insights and tells his stories (so honestly!) of bringing people together in loving community. Someone could read this and think about their job and say, "Gulp! Bill did it--so can I!" I couldn't help myself--I began reading his stories out loud to my husband. As a 25+ year small business owner, I know that why I conduct my business and the heart with which I do it must be all about Jesus--that's as important or more important than the product I offer. But to hear someone describe this in a book was like hearing a song I'd been trying to hum for years. Jan Johnson, author of Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiment in Christlikenessand Enjoying the Presence of God: Discovering Intimacy With God in the Daily Rhythms of Life www.janjohnson.org
Wonderful Book. Sep 22, 2008
This was a wonderful book encouraging the reader to realize that vocation in tied in with a person's spiritual life. Heatley does an excellent job of relating the works of Dallas Willard, an American philosophy professor and author born whose most popular work has been in the area of Christian spiritual formation, to life in the workplace.
The Gift of Work is written in a very relaxed, easy-to-read style that flows real well. It was a great read.