Summer Reading List

Walter Strickland: 7 Books on Faith and Work for Your Summer Reading List

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As Benjamin Quinn and I prepared to teach a class on work and vocation and write Every Waking Hour, we read every book on faith and work that we could get our hands on.

If you want to learn more about how faith impacts your work, you should add these seven books to your summer reading list.

1. Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
By Amy Sherman (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011)

An examination of vocational stewardship and how it offers a way to advance the kingdom mission.

2. Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture
By R. Paul Steven (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012)

A condensed biblical theology of work.

3. Work: The Meaning of Your Life
By Lester DeKoster (Grand Rapids: Christian’s Library Press, 2010)

A short work examining how work gives meaning to life.

4. Every Good Endeavor
By Timothy Keller (New York: Dutton, 2012)

An extensive look at a Christian view of work.

5. How then Shall We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work
By Hugh Whelchel (Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press, 2012)

A brief biblical and historical theology of work that concludes with what work means for Christians today.

6. God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life
By Gene Veith, Jr. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2002)

A spiritual framework for understanding the doctrine of vocation and how it applies to everyday life

7. Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work
By Tom Nelson (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011)

An accessible look at how Christians should relate the call to work to the call to follow Christ.

Which books would you suggest?

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Walter R. Strickland II

Dr. Strickland is Associate Vice President for Kingdom Diversity. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology. He is the co-author of Every Waking Hour.

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