Who said business and faith do not mix? Faith is a guiding force in life and business as a Christian. We can use our faith to make it big in the corporate world. It helps us to stay strengthened in our faith at the workplace, especially when times are tough or if the workplace is toxic. Other than that, as a business owner, your faith can guide you to manage things properly and employ fair play in every decision you make. This blog discusses five excellent books that can guide you through the ins and outs of the business world with God’s backing. The five books explore a diverse range of topics based on the Christian faith, such as business ventures, leadership concepts, ethical decision-making, and interpersonal connections at work.
Business for the Glory of God: The Bible's Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business – Wayne Grudem
Renowned theologian Wayne Grudem writes about the intrinsic goodness of business as per biblical principles in his excellent book titled “The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Righteousness of Business: Commerce for the Glory of God.” He explores several areas, including ownership, profit, competition, and employment. Grudem describes how one can honor and follow God’s word when practicing honesty and philanthropy in the aforementioned areas. The best part about this book is how it can help any business become a good Samaritan and make a positive social impact.
God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life – Gene Edward Veith Jr.
Faith guides us in all parts of our lives, and that includes our occupations. The idea of vocation is a central focus of this excellent book by Gene Edward Veith Jr. The primary purpose of this book is to explain that every occupation has an intrinsic value and purpose in God’s kingdom. This includes everything from family ministry to business. If we recognize and embrace our true callings, we can serve God and His children in the best way possible. The book follows a Christ-centered ideology with a message to Christians worldwide to merge their faith with their occupation and includes reasonable practical advice and support.
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? – Rick Warren
Among all the books in this list, this comes across as a bit different because it is multilayered and targeted toward every Christian. However, it is also well suited to business professionals who also follow Christ. Rick Warren teaches professionals how to align their work lives with God’s purpose. The book is presented in a 40-day spiritual journey that helps readers figure out their unique calling and life’s purpose. It is full of practical steps for living out that purpose in all areas of life, including the office. Warren’s bestselling classic is a massive inspiration to global Christians who want to please and honor God by blending their faith in all areas of their lives.
The Entrepreneur’s Guide To Business Mastery: Biblical Wisdom For Business Success – Michael R. Baer
The previous book, “The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Mastery: Biblical Wisdom for Business Success” by Michael R. Baer, speaks on living purpose-driven lives with a Christian perspective but solely aimed at entrepreneurs. Baer is a Christian entrepreneur and has written the book based on his experience as a successful consultant and entrepreneur. He has been there, done that, and has enough experience to tell others how to make it big while serving God simultaneously. He provides practical strategies that help one to deal with the usual business challenges and build a successful faith-based business. If you want to amalgamate your faith and professional life and achieve success at the same time, this book is perfect for you.
The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence From Anywhere In The Organization – John C. Maxwell
Interestingly enough, this book sits out of the spectrum of others in the list because it is not essentially a Christian book but can apply to Christian business professionals. John C. Maxwell’s “The 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence From Anywhere In The Organization” offers a substantial framework for leadership development and the ability to influence at all organizational levels. Maxwell is a renowned expert in leadership, and the principles explained in this book are based on biblical values and apply extremely well to any faith-based professional setup. The effective strategies in the book look at how one can lead up, across, and down, giving readers the power to positively impact no matter their organizational position. If you want to become a business leader with Christian values and principles, this one is for you.
As you can see, all five books offer something unique to readers, and there are enough faith-based principles and values in each of them. It is recommended to read all five because you can learn something new from all of them. You will feel truly enlightened once you are done with all five.