If you, like me, believe our work has some intrinsic spiritual value, where do we go next? Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a job that actually “helps” people, but does God really show up in a billable hour, a conference call, or a strategic plan?
Senior VP and Author J.B. Wood tackles these questions. With raw humor, wit, and relatable stories At Work As It Is In Heaven connects the Lower Story (our daily work) with the Upper Story (God’s purpose in the world). Could it be that there is hidden (and even not-so-hidden), spiritual activity in our work?
At Work As It Is In Heaven cuts beyond the “consultant speak” and talks about the real issues that taunt us – like having a really bad day, dealing with a boss who thinks you’re an idiot, or reinventing yourself in search of the real you. One of the reasons I love this book? Raw honesty. Wood confides, “Like most insecure and spiritually frustrated middle-aged white men, I keep a journal.” At Work As It Is In Heaven is an extension of that journal – giving us a unedited picture of the hopes, fears, and dreams of the spiritually searching overachiever. Wood frees us to see God in the unexpected — like in the garage on our way to work — and to admit we don’t have it all figured out. “We’d like to think it’s all up, up, up, but that’s not the natural order of things.”
Whether we’re climbing the ladder or hitting a wall, it’s natural to walk in doubt and confusion. “It’s the same pattern: the chaos and confusion are just predecessors to your next breakthrough. The only way out is through.”
Thanks Jim for a great book!