Where Are You Finding Meaning in Your Work and Life This Week?
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" That's the question on the back of Nancy J. Nordenson's new book, Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure (Kalos Press, 2015). And it is one that has us excited here at The High Calling.
We mentioned this book on The High Calling several months ago in Laura Brown's article “The Best Books for Business: The Business of Work.” Many friends of The High Calling have already endorsed the book—Luci Shaw, Gregory Wolfe, Emilie Griffin, Leslie Leyland Fields, Byron Borger, and even our own editor Marcus Goodyear, who is featured this week on Nancy’s blog in a series that shines the light on all the book’s endorsers.
I want to find God at work in me and through me. I want livelihood.
Livelihood: the word gathers up and bundles together the simultaneous longings for meaning, satisfaction, and provision. In the fullest sense of the word, livelihood means the way of one's life; it means the sustenance to make that way possible; it means both body and soul are fully alive thanks to what has been earned or received by grace. On one level we make our livelihood; on another level we keep our eyes open and find it.
...This book admits that work, even good work for which we are grateful and love, has a shadow side. It is not about disengaging from unsatisfying work or finding a new job. Instead, this book is about developing openness to meaning and beholding meaning where you find it.