BOOK LIST

A big thanks to Grace Chen for helping us get this list started!

Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace
by Kenman L. Wong and Scott B. Rae

  • Business can be an environment within which individual Christians grow in Christlikeness and a means toward serving the common good. 

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

  • Recommended by both non-Christians and Christians. Not an explicitly Christian book, but Dave Evans is a Christian, and this book's principles align with a biblical framework. Based on the most popular elective at Stanford, it shows how design thinking can help us create a career and life that is both meaningful and fulfilling. (Best part: includes practical reflection exercises in each chapter! More info and resources can be found at www.designingyour.life)

Designing Your Life (Christian Companion)
by Dave Evans

  • Silicon Valley Veteran and Stanford Professor, Dave Evans, talks more in-depth about the book Designing Your Life through an explicitly biblical lens.

Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
by Tim Keller and Katherine Leary Alsdorf

  • Talks in detail about how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help cultivate the world and be considered acts of worship vs. of self-interest.

Garden City: Work, Rest, and the Art of Being Human
by John Mark Comer

  • Perspective on our work, our calling, and finding our purpose. It explores the scriptures to discover God's original intent for how we are meant to spend our time. It's about the reality that what we do matters, just as much as who we are.

Gospel Patrons: People Whose Generosity Changed the World
by John Rinehart

  • The Biblical Message of Generosity can transform any Christ follower's life, of course, including an entrepreneur's.  The Gospel Patrons book is a great overview of how successful business people, especially entrepreneurs, have been the patrons behind some of the most impactful Gospel movement in history.

Taking Your Soul to Work: Overcoming the Nine Deadly Sins of the Workplace
by R. Paul Stevens

  • A framework to reveal how the Spirit has given Christians powerful gifts to overcome struggles the face in the challenges of daily work in a globalized world.

The Gospel at Work
by Sebastian Traeger and Greg Gilbert

  • Unpacks the powerful way in which the gospel can transform our work and bring meaning and purpose to it.

Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work
by Tom Nelson

  • Outlines God’s purposes for work in a way that helps us to make the most of our vocation and to join God in his work in the world.

Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do
by Studs Terkel

  • Interviews of workers from various professions give us insights into work and emotions about work.