John D. Beckett joined the business his father started, and a year into it his father died, leaving Beckett the choice of running the business himself or selling it to one of several companies ready to buy it. With his mother's support, he chose to continue the business, and in short order faced a warehouse fire that nearly destroyed the company, a unionization effort and his own internal struggles over business versus ministry.
At a conference he attended, Beckett was challenged by a speaker to explore the Bible, and to do so in the context of where Beckett was right at that moment: "Vast areas of scripture will never be meaningful to us unless we go through the experiences for which they give insight. It was for this reason that God allowed all of his servants in Scripture to experience conflicts, and it is for this reason that we go through them as well."
Gradually, Beckett came to see his business as his mission field, where God had planted him to apply Biblical principles to the workplace. In "Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul," he describes what happened and what came to be a business management practice and philosophy that were biblically based.
"I'm convinced most employees want to see their companies prosper," Beckett writes. "They know their success depends on their employer's success, and they will work hard to contribute. But they must be provided a dignified and supportive work environment. They must be viewed as valued, important, worthy. They bear God's own image."
The chapters are short and easy-to read (Beckett's goal was to write a book that could be read in a two-hour plane ride, and he succeeded). He fills it with short stories and anecdotes about real people and real situations. And it was not all smooth sailing; Beckett and his company were challenged at many points and in many different situations. This is less about "do these things and life will be easy" and more about "do these things and life will be hard but you will have a path to follow."