Whatever you do … work at it with all your heart!
Is work a necessary evil or is it something that God invented for us to enjoy?! If you struggle with understanding whether God is interested and involved in your work life, then this book may be useful to you –
Where is God at work? by William Morris
William Morris is a part-time tax lawyer (don’t let that put you off!!) and part-time leader at St Martins-in-the Fields church at Trafalgar Square. He devotes some chapters to looking at God’s perspective of ‘The Annoying Colleague’ (which I found useful!), ‘The Office Gossip’, ‘Open Plan Offices’ and others, as well as exploring difficult work situations (e.g. ‘What happens if my boss wants me to lie’). The final section looks at Jesus’ parable of the workers who were given differing amounts of cash to invest. This is not a quick read book (he is a lawyer, after all!) but worth dipping into at the very least.
Other books from the church library
The me I want to be by John Ortberg – subtitled Becoming God’s Best Version of You
I wondered whether this would be a book for unhealthy navel-gazing! Not so – some really good material, which takes account of how different we all are and that God wants us to be more the person He created us to be.
Cover to Cover Bible Study series
Home group leaders may find this series of booklets useful – recently bought titles include ‘The Armour of God’, ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, ‘Jacob’, ‘Esther’, and ‘Moses’.
Straight to the Heart of … by Phil Moore
A series of books of ‘bite-sized insights’ on either Biblical characters (e.g. Moses) or books (e.g. Psalms, Acts, Romans). Each chapter is only about three pages long, but is fresh, relevant, meaty and pithy. Thoroughly recommended.
If you have never heard of these two people – Corrie Ten Boom and Joni Eareckson – then I highly recommend the books about their lives – both in the library.
Corrie was a Dutch Christian whose family sheltered Jews in their home from the Nazis in the second World War before they were discovered and she and her sister were sent to a concentration camp.
Joni has spent her life in a wheelchair, paralysed from the neck down as a result of a diving accident when a teenager, but has been used by God in a remarkable, world-wide ministry.
Peter Gill, church library coordinator