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Spirituality at Work: 10 Ways to Balance Your Life on the Job [Paperback]

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Item description for Spirituality at Work: 10 Ways to Balance Your Life on the Job by Gregory F. Augustine Pierce...

An exploration of the spirituality of work, focusing on ten spiritual disciplines that can be practiced in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the contemporary workplace. Practical guidance and spiritual wisdom are combined to offer suggestions on balancing work, personal, family, church and community responsibilities.

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Gregory F. A. Pierce makes a striking claim: The holy and the transcendent can be found in the midst of the hustle and bustle of daily work. Rather than being a "grind," our work can be "grist" for our spiritual mills. Indeed, the work we do has enormous spiritual significance. "Spirituality at Work" offers invaluable guidance for everyone who seeks to nourish their spiritual lives while on the job.
Pierce's ten disciplines of workplace spirituality include:
- finding sacred objects
- living with imperfection
- assuring quality
- giving thanks and congratulations
- building support and community
- dealing with others as you would have them deal with you
- deciding what is enough--and sticking to it
- balancing work, personal, family, church, and community responsibilities
- working to make "the system" work
- engaging in ongoing personal and professional development

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Loyola Press
Pages   157
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2005
Publisher   Loyola Press
ISBN  0829421165  
ISBN13  9780829421163  

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Greg Pierce has almost 40 years of experience with citizen organizing and social justice work. He is the president of ACTA Publications, a company he founded more than 25 years ago. He is the author of several books, including the best-seller "Spirituality at Work," and he has edited hundreds of books, many by top Catholic writers such as John Shea and Patrick Hannon. Greg and his wife, Kathy, live in Chicago.

Gregory F. Augustine Pierce currently resides in Chicago.

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very down to earth  Feb 9, 2007
I love this book. I love its accessibility and the author's honesty about the realities of work demands. He invites the reader into a conversation about integrating spiritual values into everyday work, rather than declaring he has attained a lofty spiritual plane in his worklife. He offers his own journey and the things he has learned for consideration.
Looking for spirituality in the workplace?  Aug 31, 2002
My ongoing professional development involves a commitment to read books that have nothing to do with my profession. I chose this book for two reasons: It is the textual basis for a faith-sharing program in which I am involved at my church. I also thought its subject was far a-field from my job as a preceptor/facilitator.It appears I was mistaken on the second reason.

Gregory Pierce is in the publishing business, he's a husband and father, and he's active in his church and civic communities. The subtitle, "10 ways to balance your life on the job" is really what the book is all about. As he puts it, "It is pretty clear that God is present on our workplaces. Yet the workplace is a difficult place to 'be spiritual.' It is noisy, crowded, complex, competitive, materialistic, tiring, frustrating, dangerous, busy, [and] secular. To find God there, we have [to work hard at it], and most of our traditional spiritual disciplines are not well designed to help us do that."

This is the belief that forms his thesis and Pierce's life experiences provided the motivation for his writing. The writing is crisp and clear, and, unlike similar spiritual books, is not aimed at changing one's belief systems about God, but it's rather a 'how-to' book on achieving a higher level of spirituality in the workplace.

Pierce establishes some common language for us about work, defines spirituality, and he adds some ground rules about how he wants us to focus on what he refers to as spirituality disciplines. He presents ten disciplines, or practices, for spiritual improvement and invites our examination in the context of what we do with each area daily.

This book revealed more about leadership than I first imagined. Woven into each discussion on each of the disciplines are anecdotal quotes concerning how each person practices their spirituality and why it's important for them to do so. Although he didn't use the term servant-leader, Pierce shares this from a social worker who was talking about her boss:
"She was direct and honest but never disparaging of others. She was strategic but not conniving. Her power came from her vision, not just from the authority she held by virtue of her position. She was gentle in her correction or direction of others- affirming not mushy. [She] was passionate but not emotional, smart, tolerant of other views but always clear about her own. She treated others like she wanted to be treated, and others who worked for her eventually began to behave that way too." This reflects that notion of Robert Greenleaf's servant leadership plus the "modeling the way" espoused by Kouzes and Posner.

These ten disciplines remind one of Stephen Covey's Seven Habits, especially Pierce's last discipline entitled "Engaging in Ongoing Personal and Professional Development." This was almost a carbon copy of Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. The book is simply constructed, with just enough thought provocation on each spirituality discipline followed at chapter end by a section prescribing real-life methods of practicing each discipline discussed in that chapter. Great stuff!

This was a well-conceived and well-researched book by an author who convinced me that he had experienced the same kinds of issues and problems faced by those searching to practice spirituality at work. I recommend putting this book on your leadership bookshelf for the practical lessons it teaches and for the timelessness of the author's prescription for a balanced life.

Spirituality for the Rest of Us  Apr 6, 2001
This wonderful little book could be aptly subtitled "Spirituality for the rest of us." Pierce, who confesses himself "piety-impaired," has written a practical, day-to-day handbook for discovering the divine presence as it lurks in some of the places we may least expect it.

This is not a book about how to cope with jobs that overwhelm and diminish us. It is rather a step-by-step set of instructions, which Pierce terms "disciplines," through which we may actively transform our daily grind (whether we're priests or poets, doctors, lawyers, butchers, bakers or candlestick-makers) into our own best crack at co-creation of the world. It is not a book about getting away from the world, but rather a book about getting really into the world with our spiritual wholeness intact, about remembering to remember that God is present among the daily hum and rattle, if only we have the personal discipline to look. Not a book to read and put away or pass along, you'll want to keep it desk-side, a User's Manual for the spirit, available for ready reference.


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