Ever wondered if it is worth getting up on a Monday morning? If so, this book is for you.
Every Good Endeavour will make you think about the biblical basis for work as worship, your workplace as an environment in which to live out the gospel, and the rhythm of your life. God worked, God rested – and so should you, says Keller.
Keller is obviously in touch with the workplace and spends considerable time listening to and evaluating the work concerns and challenges of those in his large church – Redeemer Presbyterian, New York. His broad and real examples of Christians in the workplace give the book a readable and authentic feel. I would, however, have liked to have had some illustrations from shop workers, cleaners or refuse collectors. The examples given and stories told are of middle class workers in well-paid jobs.
The reader is encouraged to love their work colleagues and to see their work as part of God’s plan for their life. Some of the anecdotes are truly brilliant and encouraging, such as Keller quoting Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire, ‘You can praise the Lord by peeling a spud if you peel it to perfection.’ But the reader may be left scratching their head at some of the more highbrow terms and concepts such as, ‘Redeemer exilic discipleship’.
Like the others Keller has written, this is a good book, backed up by sound theology.
MARK LANDRETH-SMITH has recently planted a church in Newbury, West Berkshire