Many of us grew up in an era when the only valid “calling” a Christian could have was to full time ministry or the mission field. Hataj argues that some are called to be business owners, factory workers, baristas, etc. We must recognize the influence employers and employees can have for the kingdom of God. Every one of us can make the world a better place through our work, allowing God to work through us.
Hataj shares his own experiences as a business owner and as one who has read much and thought deeply on business and the Kingdom of God. He gives his insights on profit and greed and philanthropy, as well as pricing, how to treat customers, integrity, stress and more. He tells of his successes and failures and the lessons he learned from his mistakes.
Hataj says it is God's plan to influence all of society. That means God's people are needed in shops, businesses, libraries, offices, etc. God may very well be calling us to be a blue collar worker or a business owner.
This is a good book for those desiring to bring faith and kingdom principles into the world of business. You will gain insights from the bumps in Hataj's journey as a business owner, as well as the rewards he has experienced.
You can watch a video of Hataj talking about business and blue collar workers here and here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Dave Hataj is the president and co-owner of Edgerton Gear, Inc., his second-generation family business, where he has worked for over 30 years. He completed his master's thesis of Systems Theory and Family Business from Regent College and his doctorate in Transformation Leadership from Bakke Graduate University. His innovative approach to business has birthed two small businesses, two charitable trusts, and a high school program to mentor youth in the trades.
Moody Press, 256 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest re view.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)
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