The late Harry S. Truman once said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” At WorkMatters, we believe that saying still holds true today. So if you’re looking for some perfect gift ideas for your boss, co-workers – or even your family and friends, it’s not too late to grab a few of our favorite reads!
- The Gospel Goes to Work by Steve Graves: Work is core to our lives. And the gospel is core to our faith. In The Gospel Goes to Work, author and executive coach Stephen Graves introduces a fresh framework that explores not only how the gospelshould shape our work, but also how it could. It is called “The Baseline and The Blue Sky” and applies to any worker—doing any work—anywhere. This framework helps us understand how the reach, power, and intent of the gospel going to work is a revolutionary insight, even for veterans of the faith.
- How Then Shall We Work? Rediscovering a Biblical Doctrine of Work by Hugh Whelchel: Many Christians struggle to make sense of their faith and work. Some are taught the only value in their work is evangelism among their co-workers and earning money to donate to the church and missions. With more than 25 years working in the business sector, Hugh Whelchel was just that guy. He knew there had to be more. His thorough investigation reveals the eternal significance of work within the grand, Biblical story of God’s mission throughout history.
- Life@Work by Steve Graves and Thomas G. Addington: In one fulsome volume Stephen R. Graves and Thomas G. Addington– the co-founders of the popular magazine Life@Work– include contributions from the best and brightest minds currently writing on the topic of business leadership and spirituality. Life@Work on Leadership includes meaningful reflections on topics such as integrity, ambition, promises, roles, charisma, followership, tasks, and character.
- God at Work by Gene Edward Veith Jr.: Unpacking the Bible’s teaching on work, Veith helps us to see the meaning in our vocations, the force behind our ethics, and the transformative presence of God in our everyday, ordinary lives.
- Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller: Tim Keller, pastor of New York’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church and “New York Times” bestselling author of The Reason for God as well as The Skeptical Student in the “Encounters with Jesus” eBook series, and many others, has taught and counseled students, young professionals, and senior leaders on the subject of work and calling for more than 20 years. With deep insight and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about our work.(Purchase this book through our friends at Givington’s)
- The Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick: The Catalyst Leader provides practical help for all leaders at any stage of their leadership journey, ultimately defining what it means to be a Catalyst in this generation, and inspiring us all to be true change makers wherever we lead.(Purchase this book through our friends at Givington’s)
- God in the Marketplace by Henry & Richard Blackaby: Aside from Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby has made his greatest impact by ministering directly to Fortune 100 and 500 CEOs, advising them on how to effectively blend their faith with their business. Out of that ministry’s success comes God in the Marketplace, a book to help everyone from the front desk to the executive suite best experience God’s will in his or her work.
- Lead for God’s Sake by Todd G. Gongwer: The lives of an intensely-driven basketball coach, an ultra-successful CEO, and an unassuming janitor all intersect in this captivating parable about leadership, relationships, and the pursuit of success. An unforgettable story packed with profound truths, LEAD . . . for God’s Sake! will challenge you to think deeply about who you are as a leader, what success means to you, and why you do what you do. Whether you’re leading a business, a team, or your own family, this book is the first and most important step to becoming the leader you were meant to be.
These books will change the way you view biblical leadership and give great insight on how to start a faith at work journey.
Which books have inspired you to grow in your faith at work? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
Interested in other great faith at work resources? Our podcasts contain messages from over 60 business leaders sharing how they close the gap between their faith and work. We invite you to listen to them here or subscribe on iTunes. Apply these principles to your life at work and feel empowered to share them with others!