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Business for the Glory of God

The Bible's Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business

Author Wayne Grudem
Narrator Maurice England
Runtime 2.1 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date February 22, 2012
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Can business activity in itself be morally good and pleasing to God? Sometimes business can seem so shady-manipulating the "bottomline", deceiving the consumer, or gaining promotions because of whom you know. But Wayne Grudem introduces a novel concept: business itself glorifies God when it is conducted in a way that imitates God's character and creation. He shows that all aspects of business, including ownership, profit, money, competition, and borrowing and lending, glorify God because they are reflective of God's nature. Though Grudem isn't naive about the easy ways these activities can be perverted and used as a means to sin, he knows that Christians can be about the business of business. This biblically based book is a thoughtful guide to imitating God during interactions with customers, coworkers, employees, and other businesses. See how your business, and your life in business can be dedicated to God's glory.

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Can business activity in itself be morally good and pleasing to God? Sometimes business can seem so shady-manipulating the "bottomline", deceiving the consumer, or gaining promotions because of whom you know. But Wayne Grudem introduces a novel concept: business itself glorifies God when it is conducted in a way that imitates God's character and creation. He shows that all aspects of business, including ownership, profit, money, competition, and borrowing and lending, glorify God because they are reflective of God's nature. Though Grudem isn't naive about the easy ways these activities can be perverted and used as a means to sin, he knows that Christians can be about the business of business. This biblically based book is a thoughtful guide to imitating God during interactions with customers, coworkers, employees, and other businesses. See how your business, and your life in business can be dedicated to God's glory.

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Grudem's Logical Juijitsu
Somewhere in his years of writing Wayne Grudem has learned a form of logical jujitsu that he employs in this book. This little volume only takes just over two hours to read; but Grudem has carefully written it to serve you. He has carefully assembled a defense of business. Often people belittle business as of less value or borderline wrong. Grudem is here to challenge that supposition. This isn't an exhaustive work, but works to lay simple and strong argu

I've read a fair amount of Wayne Grudem due to his voluminous tomes likes Systematic Theology... but this was Grudem like I've never read or heard him before. Business for the Glory of God is Grudem performing Biblical and logical jujitsu. Grudem's aims at defending business against those who seem to belittle, downplay, or discourage business. The theme of the book is that business (and really much more) provides many opportunities to bring glory to God and is in line with Biblical principles; while at the same time those same areas of business provide temptations to evil. He aims at showing the the Bible encourages concepts like ownership, profit, competition, borrowing and lending and so on, and then encourages us to use the gifts God does give us wisely. I normally like England's narration, and I personally would aim at faulting the writing more than his narration, but I did find I had to focus at times to keep track with this volume. I found I could tune it out, which is dangerous, because Grudem moves so swiftly, and efficiently through his topics you really don't want to miss any of it. At just over two hours this book won't tax you, but will provoke you to thought and comfort you if you find yourself struggling with understanding business in the light of God's kingdom.

Be ready for a power packed little book, it may not be the cleverest writing, but it is careful and wise. Be wary of those who dismiss Grudem, he has done careful work here. It's not exhaustive, because he wanted it to be accessible, but there is much value and insight in every chapter.

I was given a copy of this title by christianaudio for a honest review.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/9/2012)
Solid Introduction To Moral Business Practices
Business for the Glory of God by Wayne Grudem is a brief introduction to Godly business practices that should be understood by every Christian in the business world. It present a clear and concise case that Christians can engage in business practices including ownership, profit, employment and competition without the fear that the practices themselves being morally wrong. In fact he informs the reader that they are morally good if done within the boundaries set out in the Bible.

I found this book to be a very solid introduction to the topic but it is quite short and can get repetitive in places. A lot of the content I already knew or assumed and it takes lacks the depth that could be provided with a longer book.

The narration was quite good and helps to portray the author’s tone and importance without being too forceful.

This book would be a great book for young Christians starting out in business or for anyone wondering what Christians should do in business.

This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/5/2012)
Good, but could use less repetition and more depth
In Business For The Glory Of God, Wayne Grudem attempts to articulate a Christian perspective on various aspects of business such as lending money, making a profit, owning property and employing people.

Grudem argues that engaging in for-profit business is not just morally permissible but is actually God glorifying as it can mirror aspects of the character of God and make a positive contribution to society. I hadn’t really thought about business practices providing an opportunity to imitate God’s character before so I found this quite thought provoking.

It was quite a short book (96 pages in print or about 2 hours in audio). I felt that the book would have benefited from less repetition of key ideas and could have included a much more detailed discussion of some of the challenges of putting Christian faith into practice in a business environment. Although he provides some examples of temptations to sin when conducting business there are many ethical and theological dilemmas for Christians involved in business that the book doesn’t properly get to.

While due to the book’s brief nature and lack of depth in some areas mean that you would need to find other books on the topic to get a decent understanding, it might be a good place to start thinking about a Christian understanding of business. It would also probably be helpful for Christians who have been involved in business for a while who are wondering if they are on the right path.

I “read” this book in audiobook format. The narration was clear and and in an easy to listen to voice, although maybe could have been a touch faster.
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Review by / (Posted on 4/18/2012)
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