“A Great Contribution.” – Tim Keller

Today marks the official release date of Tom Nelson’s newest book, The Economics of Neighborly Love. As one who had the opportunity to read an early-release copy, let me encourage you to get your copy and dive in. I think you’ll find it to be a very helpful resource as you continue looking for ways to better connect our Sunday faith to our Monday work.

Here’s what others are saying…

“Tom Nelson’s new book is a great contribution to a growing and needed literature that helps churches connect to their parishes and neighborhoods and serve not only individuals, but the public good. There is an emerging awareness of the importance of this, but few volumes are as practical as this one in describing the way forward. I recommend it!” – Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

“With characteristic winsomeness and clarity, Nelson covers a wide range of topics from poverty to jobs and justice to entrepreneurship, providing a highly readable overview of biblically informed economic life. This pastor has taken the time to learn about the capacity that makes genuine compassion possible. Implicit in the book is a much-needed correction to the church: we’ve far too long avoided the work of thinking well about economics, as though somehow that sphere is detached from our spiritual life. Nelson shows us the Bible talks about economics through and through—it’s just that too many pastors haven’t been paying sufficient attention. Nelson has given us an accessible introductory textbook for understanding what makes for flourishing people and communities.” – Amy L. Sherman, author of Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen the words ‘economics’ and ‘neighborly love’ in the same sentence. With winsome intelligence and a natural storyteller’s gift, Tom Nelson reminds us that faith, economics, and work—rightly understood—help create the conditions for neighborly love to exist and flourish.” – David W. Miller, director, Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative, president, the Avodah Institute

“Tom Nelson thoughtfully and carefully weaves together biblical truth, deep theological reflection, and sound economic thinking in The Economics of Neighborly Love. It fills a significant void in economic and biblical writing. Too often economic essays ignore biblical wisdom while theological reflections on human flourishing pay little attention to the potential of economic activity, especially the opportunity for people to serve others through marketplace endeavors. Nelson avoids both problems and has written a superb book that will be valuable to pastors, seminary professors, and people in the workplace.” – P. J. Hill, professor emeritus of economics, Wheaton College

Topics: Christian Life, Discipleship, Economics, Mission & Outreach, Theology, Work

About the Author

Kevin Harlan serves as the vice president of philanthropy at Made to Flourish. He works to build a broad base of philanthropic support and guide philanthropic endeavor to invest financially in pastors and churches. Kevin played a role in the formation of Made to Flourish, and served on the senior pastoral team at Christ Community Church in Kansas City for 15 years. He and his bride, Sharon, have been involved at Christ Community in many leadership capacities since 1994. Prior to his work with Christ Community, Kevin served with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). During his 19 years with FCA, Kevin held many roles, and served as the executive vice president at the end of his tenure.