It’s Monday morning. You pull into your parking spot, ready to invest your time and energy into work. But the satisfaction you’re looking for never arrives, and you’re let down. By week’s end, you’re weary of the same old routines.
On Sunday you show up to church expecting encouragement. Instead, you feel guilty because your work isn’t as important as your pastor’s. You don’t have time to do all the church activities on the schedule. Your forty hours on the job seem like nothing more than a means to support your family, give your tithe and invite people to church.
So as another week ends, discontentment sets in again. You conclude that God must not care about your work.
I’ve been in this position. I’m sure you have too.
What if we were to tell you that God does care about your work? That your calling to your vocation is just as important as your pastor’s? That God himself is a worker who created you to be a worker in his image?
That’s exactly what you’ll learn in Every Waking Hour: An Introduction to Work and Vocation for Christians. In it, Benjamin Quinn and Walter Strickland develop a biblically and theologically rich view of work, vocation, and they show you how to glorify God through everything you do.
Here are three reasons you must read Every Waking Hour:
1. It was written for you.
You are a worker. Whether you’re a student, pastor, janitor, burger-flipper, or stay-at-home parent, you spend the majority of your time during the week doing something.
In Every Waking Hour, Quinn and Strickland give you the tools to do that work for God’s glory. “We hope this book is the catalyst for an ‘aha moment’ that allows you to see your work differently, whether you’ve been on the job for two months or two decades,” they write.
2. It’s easy to read.
“Unlocking the relationship between faith and work doesn’t require a PhD,” say Quinn and Strickland.
As a result, Every Working Hour isn’t a stodgy dissertation. It’s an easy-to-read, pocket-sized primer that simply yet powerfully addresses why your work matters to God.
3. Well-respected people have good things to say about it.
Don’t take our word for it. Here’s a sample of what other well-respected teachers and thinkers have to say about Every Waking Hour:
Many Christians struggle to make sense of their work lives. Some of us are tempted to find our identities in our careers. Others of us are tempted to see our work as drudgery. This book shows us how to see our work through the prism of the kingdom of God. This book is biblical, practical, and wise.
—Russell Moore, President, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
Quinn and Strickland have written an accessible, inspiring, and thoroughly biblical introduction to a Christian view of our daily work. It is both visionary and practical, and I recommend it heartily to any Christian who wishes to be serious about being a salting salt in the world through their work.
—Dr. Al Wolters, author of Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview
I have often thought it was risky to designate a single person in a congregation as ‘the minister’ when the Christian Scriptures seem to place ‘the work of the ministry’ on the shoulders of all who follow Christ. For this reason and more, Every Waking Hour is a gift to us all one hundred times over. Strickland and Quinn remind us that our job descriptions cannot ultimately be written on cards, etched into name plates, or affixed to email signatures. They are given by God for the world’s good and God’s glory. This book casts a compelling vision for vocation that is relevant to any believer with breath in their lungs and it arrives not a moment too soon.
—Jonathan Merritt, author of Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined, contributing writer for The Atlantic
So don’t wait any longer. Get your own copy of Every Working Hour, and learn how you can glorify God with your 9-to-5.