• Every Good Endeavor

  • Connecting Your Work to God's Work
  • By: Timothy Keller
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,349 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Timothy Keller shows how God calls each of us to express meaning and purpose through our work and careers.

In a work world that is increasingly competitive and insecure, people often have nagging questions: Why am I doing this work? Why is it so hard? And is there anything I can do about it?

Tim Keller, pastor of New York's Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Times best-selling author of The Reason for God, has taught and counseled students, young professionals, and senior leaders on the subject of work and calling for more than 20 years. Now he puts his insights into a book for listeners everywhere, giving biblical perspectives on such pressing questions as:

  • What is the purpose of work?
  • How can I find meaning and serve customers in a cutthroat, bottom-line-oriented workplace?
  • How can I use my skills in a vocation that has meaning and purpose?
  • Can I stay true to my values and still advance in my field?
  • How do I make the difficult choices that must be made in the course of a successful career?

With deep insight and often surprising advice, Keller explains that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about our work. In fact, the Christian view of work - that we work to serve others, not ourselves - can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship - not just of self-interest.

©2012 Timothy Keller (P)2012 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Tim Keller's ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him." (Billy Graham

"This is the book I give to all my friends who are serious spiritual seekers or skeptics." (Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, on The Reason for God)

"Theologically rich and philosophically informed, yet accessible and filled with practical wisdom. Drawing on decades of study and ministry, Every Good Endeavor may soon become one of the most important contemporary books on faith and work." (Comment magazine)

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Great Book - lots of mistakes in the Audio version

What did you like about this audiobook?

I got the audiobook to follow along with my Kindle book. I take in more when I am reading and listening simultaneously. The book is great!

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

The book itself is a great one to delve into the subject of Work from a Christian Worldview.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Yes! I couldn't stop. I got so much out of the book

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Unfortunately, there are several places that the narrator mis-reads the text. Some of the places were simple little mistakes that make no difference in the way the passage is interpreted. But a few places were glaring errors that completely change the meaning of the passage. NOT GOOD.

Do you have any additional comments?

Proofing the work is essential!

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Great listen for the working individual!

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Timothy Keller effectively teaches listeners how the gospel affects every part of their work life. Before this book I knew very little on how I should relate the gospel to my job, but after listening I now feel encouraged and empowered to work for God in everything I do. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who seeks to serve God through their work.

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Very disjointed, depressing and bias

I had just listened to Counterfeit Gods by this same author. It was thoughtful, thorough, and in short fantastic. Unfortunately, this book carries few of those same qualities. I thought the book would be enlightening about the noble and godly pursuit of work. There's a little of that, but primarily I feel depressed after listening to it. In addition, the book is so hard to follow beyond small pointers. Main themes are difficult to grasp because they seem to shift and move in different directions without notice. The constant interruptions to reference where in the bible he found the sentence he just read are very distracting. Probably worst of all it's glaringly obvious he has an affinity to the left leaning political structure. He drones on and on about business corruption and gives specific examples yet is glaringly silent about the political policies and collusion which enabled and created incentives for much of the very corruption of which he writes. He's uninformed about those very corrupt activities at the very least. He writes that all good stories need a villain, that we want to blame somebody instead of relying on God. Yet, through this book his own villain is very apparent. Sure, he writes a little of the perils of Marxism, Communism, etc. and the left in a distant manner, but when it comes to current, immediate events in America or the world he certainly finds a villain of his own (bankers and businessmen) without mention of the politicians or the responsibility of individuals. It's clear he feeds into the victimization of our world and is not relying on God himself. With nearly 75% of some minorities being born into fatherless homes and poverty being directly correlated to those statistics this pastor should focus more on championing the godly cohesion of family, the honor of a father and mother who stay married and through noble work support that family. The politicians that he seems to love on the left are not going to solve that problem especially if they find it profitable to their pocket book and power meter to keep these groups of people believing that they are oppressed victims. Only God can solve that, and in the bible he does it through strong families and the pursuit of noble work. Modern statistics bear this out too. This pastor should be championing the same as God from ALL leaders, not just pointing out the shortcomings of a few business leaders. I'm 2/3 of the way through this book and am not sure if I can get through the rest. This author and pastor has so much promise but is unfortunately blind to his own Counterfeit Gods.

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It explains how to have a proper view of all we do

Tim Keller and Katherine Alsdorf have composed a book that challenges and encourages us about our perspectives of our time at work, leisure, and home.

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game changer

I've always been curious as to ways to incorporate faith and work, this book was hitting on cylinders. Definitely I life changing book that will be in my personal library and life references.

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Introspective and profound

This is a must read for anyone looking to find purpose in the monotony of work or deciding between different career paths!

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Helpful!

This book was recommended by my preacher and it could not have come at a more perfect time in my career. I know I will be reading this book again over the years to come as well.

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Every Good Endeavors

This was a very good book to read I love this book so very much.

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There’s better books about work

If you like a book that rambles on while quoting religious texts this is a book for you.

The diction is clear, but oh so boring.

If you want a book about how to create good practices and discipline in one’s life and work buy Extreme Ownership by Jocko Wilink and Leif Babin.

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Integrating faith with your work

Struggled to finish for a bit. But convinced that God has gifted us (both Christian's & Non-Christians) with unique skills, jobs and roles graciously. At our most skilled place, we can glorify God the best.