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Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation

Book Review
Curriculum Review

Dan Doriani’s new book, Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation, is the fruit of two decades of exegesis, readings in philosophies of work, and hundreds of interviews as well as lectures and sermons. Doriani’s thesis is this: Work lets us earn a living, find ourselves, and contribute to this world. And he unfolds his thesis in three parts: 1) a biblical theology of work; 2) an exploration of perennial topics; and 3) an apologetic for the project of bringing reformation through work. It offers helpful summaries and sticky, transferable ideas.

“Work and vocation are not identical. Jesus worked with wood and stone, and Paul made tents, but they had other God-given callings. ... Vocation entails service in the place where God has given gifts and a desire to make a difference in this world.”

Dan Doriani
Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation