Christians have the potential to influence others and impact the world through their careers. But expressing God's goodness through work presents many challenges. "That is what this book explores," Seger writes, "the spiritual challenges we meet when we want God in the center of our professional lives." (xxiii)
She has divided the book into three parts. She writes about getting started on the journey, when we are on our way, and when we've achieved our dream. She interviewed many people to gain insights from their lives. She gives many examples from her own life and the lives of others, from movie stars to Billy Graham. She also uses some stories from the Bible.
The part of the book I liked the best was the second, on our way. She helps us understand the obstacles we meet. I really liked her section on the seven deadly sins, tempting because of how the world defines success. She has other good insights too, such as web thinking, connecting instead of competing. She encourages readers to recognize evil and has a strategy for confronting it. She also helps us to think of who we are to be, not just what we are to be doing.
This is a good book for someone wanting to identify their calling. It's also good for those who desire to maintain integrity in the workplace. It is also good for those wanting to understand how their spirituality relates to their profession and life. There are lots of questions for discussion at the end of each chapter so the book could be used in a group setting.
Seger is a Quaker and sees herself as a bridge between spiritual disciplines. Evangelical Christians may have some difficulty with some of what Seger writes, considering Christianity to be one path to God among many.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Linda Seger began her script consulting business in 1981 and has trained over 70 script consultants world wide. She is the author of nine books on screenwriting and four on spirituality. She has a ThD in Drama and Theology and three MA degrees. She and her husband live in Cascade, Colorado. You can find out more at LindaSeger.com.
Clovercroft Publishing, 290 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review.