Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation

It’s not like we’re hurting for books about a Christian understanding of work. In fact, the past few years have seen nothing short of an explosion of interest in the subject. So when yet another showed up in my mailbox, I was tempted to set it aside. I was tempted, that is, until I saw D.A. Carson’s commendation: “The last few years have witnessed a flurry of books that treat a Christian view of work. This is the best of them. Well written, historically comprehensive, theologically informed, exegetically sensitive, this is now the ‘must read’ volume on the subject.” That’s no small praise from a distinguished theologian and voracious reader who once told me he reads several hundred books each year and has maintained that pace for decades. I decided that instead of setting aside Daniel Doriani’s Work, I’d prioritize it. I’m so glad I did. Daniel Doriani is known as a preacher, a seminary professor, and an author of several excellent commentaries. This book may be best understood as a passion project, an area of particular interest for which he has been formulating his thoughts over a long period of time. “In this book,” he says, “I hope to engage all who want to practice love and justice in their work, whether they be professionals or laborers, business leaders or artisans, students, retirees, or stay-at-home parents.” That being the case, he writes especially for two kinds of people. The first kind doubts the value of their labor. When asked about their work, they often … Continue reading Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation