Book: Life@Work (Marketplace Success for People of Faith) by John C. Maxwell

Authors John C. Maxwell, Stephen Graves, and Thomas Addington identify the basic tools followers of Jesus should always have in their work toolbox: Calling, Serving, Character, and Skill.

The conventional wisdom of leadership sees character as a muscle of leadership. In truth, character is a muscle of the heart. Our culture is enamored with leadership when it should be enamored with character.

The lines of our behavior draw picture of our character. Behavior and character are related, but they’re not the same. Behavior is what we do. Character is the person our behavior has made us into. Behavior is just one action. Any behavior, duplicated and reduplicated, forms a part of our character. Character is a fruit of the heart.

If characters is what counts most, then it is critical that we build and protect a strong pure heart. As the book of Proverbs says “as the heart goes, so we go.” The heart is where character is forged. After God gives us a new heart, it is up to us to water and nurture it.

This book helps readers learn how to better integrate faith and work and why it is crucial that we do so.

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Book: Leading Jesus’ Way (Become The Servant Leader God Created You To Be) by Mark Deterding

Jesus is the greatest leadership role model of all time. And anyone desiring to be a successful servant leader would be wise to follow in His footsteps. Yet learning how to lead others can be a daunting and difficult task, even in the workplace. In the book “Leading Jesus’ Way” author Mark Deterding shows that living out Biblical principles effects both our personal and professional life.

That’s right, you don’t have to live a segmented life. Being a Christian is the core of who you are – at work, at home, at church, and out in your community. This book will help you learn the principles of faith-based servant leadership and put them into practice. But the truth is the principles are really timeless, because they come from Jesus, the ultimate model of servant leadership.

Once you know your purpose, values, and vision you can serve and live out that mission wherever you go. And once the foundation is established, you can then focus on building energy, performance, relationships, and your own character. If you’re ready to take your faith to work, get great results, and build up the people you work with by really caring for them then this book is for you.

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“Whatever we do, we work at it with all our heart…It is the Lord Jesus that we are serving” – Colossians 3:23-24