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Opus recommends the following books on faith and vocation from such authors as Tim Keller, Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Tom Nelson, Steve Garber, Amy Sherman and others.

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Top 5 Popular Faith and Work Resources

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Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work
by Katherine Leary Alsdorf and Tim Keller
Tim Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf offer one of the most Biblically rooted theological perspectives on faith and work available. More info >>

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Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work
by Tom Nelson
Tom Nelson offers a church-based discussion on faith and work from a pastoral perspective. More info >>

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Garden City: Work, Rest and the Art of Being Human
by John Mark Comer
John Mark Comer offers an inspiring vision for the role of work in God’s plans for creation. Casual. Readable. More info >>

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Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today
by Mark Labberton
Mark Labberton takes on the widely misunderstood idea of vocational calling in this short and refreshing volume. More info >>

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The Will of God as a Way of Life: How to Make Every Decision with Peace and Confidence
by Jerry Sittser
Jerry Sittser releases his readers from the unbiblical notion that we will each receive individual instructions for what job to take, who to marry, etc. More often we have freedom to apply Biblical wisdom to a variety of options. More info >>

 

Top 5 Academic Resources on Faith and Work

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The Fabric of This World: Inquiries into Calling, Career Choice, and the Design of Human Work 
by Lee Hardy
Lee Hardy offers an intellectual history of the relationships between philosophy, theology and work beginning with the Greeks and continuing through modern management theory. More info >>


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Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good 
by Steve Garber 
Steve Garber offers some of the most insightful reflections available on the intersections between faith, vocation and culture. More info >>

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Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good 
by Amy Sherman
Amy Sherman gives a great gift with these instructions for stewarding our vocations and careers for the sake of God’s kingdom. More info >>

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Callings: Twenty Centuries of Christian Wisdom on Vocation 
ed. by William Placher 
A remarkable anthology, bringing together original sources on vocation, labor, calling and work from the early church fathers through contemporary writing. Sources include Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Loyola, There More info >>

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Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be 
ed. by Dorothy Bass and Mark Schwen
The editors offer an anthology of original sources on themes of life purpose, meaning and significance.  Sources include Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Homer, John Milton, C. S. Lewis, Wendell Berry, Malcolm X, Dorothy Sayers, Leo Tolstoy and a host of others. More info >>

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