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Why Business Matters to God: And What Still Needs to Be Fixed

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Jeff Van Duzer grew up thinking business was the source of much damage and evil in the world, the work of greedy capitalists polluting the environment. Thirty years later he was dean of a business school. In the course of that remarkable transformation, Van Duzer found cause for both hope and concern. He discovered many business people achieving a great deal of good for so ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published October 4th 2010 by InterVarsity Press
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Donovan Richards
Mar 03, 2011 Donovan Richards rated it it was amazing
Separate Spheres, Like the Sun and Moon

In most home, work, and church settings, a clear disconnect exists between Christianity and business. In general, the average Christian relegates his or her faith to the personal sphere. Beliefs and practices resulting from Christian tradition are channeled primarily within the family with the purpose of creating moral individuals and healthy relationships.

When an application of faith to business is pursued, one of two extreme postures is typically taken: C
Mark Oppenlander
Jeff Van Duzer is the Provost of Seattle Pacific University and the former Dean of SPU's School of Business and Economics. Prior to that, he was an attorney for many years (full disclosure: He was also my boss for a number of years). In this book, Van Duzer discloses that for quite some time he had a rather dark view of business - as a Christian he found it to be an institution that was, at best, fraught with peril for the believer and, at worst, was the source of much evil in the world.

But Van
Adam Smith
Nov 13, 2013 Adam Smith rated it really liked it
This is a very unique book. It combines theological exegesis of the basis of business with practical insights from the author's personal business experience. It is not merely idealistic, but eminently practical in scope. He begins with an unfinished parable of three students who ask a pastor for career advice. One is considering law school, one medical school and the final one is considering business school. The pastor says that God's purpose for law is his concern for justice; his purpose for m ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Meepspeeps rated it it was ok
This book was too pedantic for me. It was hard to distinguish between business mattering to God and business mattering to a moral agnostic. Two things stood out: one, that business has been created by God for good, i.e. it's not an exclusive evil realm for the greedy; and two, it's okay to do the best we can as business people "straining to live within these limits." For the latter, he gave the example that we can want to pay everyone a living wage, but may be unable to sell our product or servi ...more
Anton Lukyanov
Nov 30, 2012 Anton Lukyanov rated it it was amazing
This book gives an interesting pespective on business as a divine activity. My MBA program requires it for reading in one of the classes and I'm glad it does. A nice change from the usual "drive up the profits, drive down the costs" approach taught everywhere. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in alternative approaches to everyday business practices. On the side note, the information in the book is presented very clear so for a class reading, it is rather a fresh and engaging read (no ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Tiffany rated it liked it
The book provides an interesting perspective on the purpose of business and of institutions in general but is quite repetitive. I had hoped that the book will delve further into the "what still needs to be fixed" component reflected in the subtitle. Instead it dealt with this topic in a very high level. As a Christian business owner, I do believe that there is value in reading the exegesis presented and the framework established within the book.
Sophie Cook
Nov 25, 2013 Sophie Cook rated it did not like it
Props to this guy for saying The Exact Same Sentence For Every Single Sentence.

Worst book I've read in a long time.

Wouldn't have finished it if I wasn't required to.

Also, like that last sentence, he frequently ends his sentences with prepositions and it drove me insane.
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