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New book by Ken Eldred - The Integrated Life: Experience the Powerful Advantage of Integrating Your Faith and Work

The Integrated Life: Experience the Powerful Advantage of Integrating Your Faith and WorkWhat if we could resolve the exhausting struggle between work, family, and spiritual life? What if we recognized a deep connection between faith and business? What if biblical values weren’t roadblocks but actually the source of successful business? What if the real goal of business were more noble than maximizing profit? What if we could see our everyday work as having spiritual value? What if we could approach it as ministry? What if it were our calling, a calling as high as that of a pastor or missionary? What if God cared deeply about our work and wanted to be involved? And what if we could even partner with him in our business?

Ken Eldred's book God is at Work unlocked the potential for businessmen across the country to see work, and their businesses themselves as opportunities for ministry. 

A few weeks ago I was able to spend some time with Ken and Alex Brubaker out in California at their offices in the Bay Area. They've just finished a new project, The Integrated Life: Experience the Powerful Advantage of Integrating Your Faith and Work that just released last week. 

Some may believe the key to resolving the tension between work and faith lies in a more balanced life. Pursuing balance is important, Ken explains in the book, but that noble effort still leaves us with compartmentalized lives. We still sense that all those prime hours of our day have little or no spiritual significance.

Integration is the key to changing that mindset and thus “redeeming” the vast majority of our time, the hours devoted to work. When our work is a holy calling and a ministry, it’s loaded with spiritual significance. All that time we spend at work has spiritual value. So while balance alone might redeem some hours, integration can redeem far more!

Ken reveals how to find a deep integration between our work and faith such that all areas of our lives further God’s kingdom, glorify him, and fulfill our life mission. As we integrate our lives, he explains, we can experience the abundant life that Jesus offers us.

One of the things you'll notice in this book is that Ken takes on pervasive misconceptions stemming both from business and from church. He debunks these misguided beliefs and attitudes that hold us back and reveals a transformational new paradigm for purpose-driven work.

Ken breaks it down as saying we have a threefold ministry in our work life: pointing those around us to God (a ministry at work), serving and creating via the work itself (a ministry of work), and redeeming the practices, policies, and structures of institutions (a ministry to work).

This book offers a powerful picture of the integrated life in which our faith impacts every sphere, including our work in the marketplace. Drawing on his own experience and the example of others, Ken lays out practical applications that lead to abundant living through a far deeper connection between work and faith. To Purchase - Visit this link at Amazon.com
More About Ken's Story
For over 20 years, Ken Eldred served as CEO of Inmac, a public company he founded. In that capacity, he was named Silicon Valley's "Entrepreneur of the Year." Ken has assisted in the founding of several other successful companies, including Ariba Technologies, which led the Internet business-to-business industry. He is currently CEO of Living Stones Foundation and is involved in ventures in the US, China, Europe, and India. Ken earned BA and MBA degrees from Stanford and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Belhaven College. His previous books, On Kingdom Business and God Is at Work, have received critical acclaim--including a Christianity Today Book Award. Ken and his wife Roberta have three sons and a growing number of grandchildren. They spend their time in Northern California and Colorado.

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posted by Justin Forman | 11.03.2010 - 5:55 AM


Thanks for the great review on this book. We need all the voices we can to bridge the great work/faith divide!
commented by Blogger David Rupert, 8:29 AM  

I just finished reading this good book. It was not really a book but a guide to a better life integrated with business. I am a business owner so it has helped me. I learned that the main key is to start with God and all of your dreams are possible ... and then some. I applied One of Ken's specific "keys" and it really worked. Thanks Ken. also check out "I am" documentary as once you get there you need to get inner peace. Sincerely Wayne Merry
commented by Blogger Wayne, 1:58 PM  

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