Friday, January 27, 2012
Book Review of God at work by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life
by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
Reviewed by Clint Walker
Many people see their job as a burden. They work hard, but they see what they do to make a living as burden instead of as a joy and a calling. Dr. Gene Edward Veith believes that this approach to our work and our lives is not what God has designed for us.
Veith believes that we all have a call and a purpose for God. The work that God has designed for us to do should find its way into how we do our jobs, order our family lives, participate in our church, and enjoy our leisure.
Veith then goes on to discuss honorable and not so righteous ways to live out the gifts and calling that God has given us. We can abuse our calling unethically, and we can neglect the gifts God has given us.
We also need to be prepared to suffer in carrying out the purposes and callings that God has given us. A lot of people give up too soon, and miss out on God's blessing because they don't say committed to who God made them to be when the going gets tough.
This is a thoughtful book, and a nice introduction to a Christian philosophy of vocation. I am glad to have it as a resource.