A Guide to Discovering God's Calling for Your Career
The world of work is changing rapidly. As a Christian trying to discern the right career path, you might perceive the marketplace as a bewildering and anxiety-provoking place. You might even worry you’ll have to sacrifice your values to have a successful career. How can you hope to find work that is informed by faith and that serves God’s will? Redeeming Work was written to answer just this question.
The author, Bryan Dik, PhD, is one of the leading psychologists in the world who specializes in vocation. A professor, entrepreneur, and follower of Christ, Dik wrote this book as a labor of love after devoting his career to research and development of practical strategies for helping others find purposeful work. His message: there are abundant opportunities for Christians to forge careers that answer God’s calling for their lives. In Redeeming Work, he shares the tools you need to find these opportunities and pursue them successfully.
Your purchase of Redeeming Work comes with a special bonus: free access to an evidence-based online career assessment system called PathwayU. By taking this assessment, you’ll learn about what makes you unique, including what you enjoy (interests), what matters to you (values), your general tendencies (personality), and what you most need from an organization (workplace preferences). Then, you’ll be able to explore career paths (and current job openings) that fit the pattern of gifts God has given you.
This book is excellent!
This book is excellent. I’m convinced that by adopting these principles, whether in a job transition or in the midst of a satisfactory career, you’ll grow your capacity to be satisfied in your work. You’ll be equipped to ask the right questions and have access to sophisticated tools that will aid in finding answers. It’s a blend of scientific and spiritual.
There are times when a “secular book” misses nuance and evidence because it cannot comprehend the spiritual. There are times when a “Christian book” is less thoughtful than it should be, closing gaps in reasoning with something less than logic. But this book somehow uses the vocational science and research on calling, and synthesizes it with the spiritual, specifically, Christianity. The result is a positive, forward-looking guide to building a career that impacts the world, and leaves the worker fulfilled.
If you begin with the premise that a Christian worldview holds true, this book makes sense on a deep level. But if you begin with the premise that a Christian worldview is not for you, you may still be pleasantly surprised by this book, because if you have any level of intellectual curiosity about the author’s faith, you’ll be challenged to re-evaluate things you thought you knew about Christians.
It’s shockingly refreshing to me. I can’t say enough good things about this book.
And don’t skip the appendix. It should be re-read occasionally as a reminder of where work fits into the larger story of creation redeemed.