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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press (17 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844743721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844743728
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.6 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jago Wynne has been there. Formerly a management consultant with Accenture, he knows the pressures, temptations and challenges workers face. He then spent five years as the Workplace Minister at All Souls, Langham Place, and is currently studying theology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Jago is married to Susannah, and has two young children, Daisy and Boaz.

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FOREWORD

When I met Jago through his growing workplace ministry at All Souls in London, it was clear that he was a man with a mission. It was quite obvious that he was passionate about encouraging people, especially young people, to live a seamless Christian life at work that does not divide up their Christian experience into a sacred and secular dead end.

This primer for the workplace will be especially sought after by those starting out in their working careers and also by those who have been seasoned in the workplace, but for whom the idea that God has an interest in their work is a foreign one.

Throughout the book one can see the disciplined approach of a management consultant. He knows how to pull together ideas that belong and at the same time to separate out rigorously the false and the misleading. We can imagine him, if he had remained in consultancy, armed with a PowerPoint presentation, coaxing mandates from his clients! He has retained this facility for persuasion and drawing material together through lucid writing and arresting headings. Well-argued and illustrated points draw out the stated and implicit message on every page of the book. Work and worship grow intimately together.

At a time like this, when we are undergoing what the Financial Times calls a `mammoth shock' to the economy, we need to ask urgently as the writer to the Hebrews did, `What is unshakeable in our lives? What will survive this great shaking?' The book helps us to find true security in a living daily relationship with Christ in the workplace, recognizing all the while the reality of the stresses at work.

One often hears that it is those at work who are in the front line in advancing the kingdom. In this view the clergy merely play a supportive role. But we should not allow this view to diminish the distinctive contribution of a pastor (for that is what Jago really is), mapping out a biblical view that will enable our daily lives to flourish as we see our work as part of our worship.

Ken Costa

Chairman of Lazard International Bank, Chairman of Alpha International and author of 'God at Work'


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After reading and enjoying this book written by my old friend Jago Wynne (for the sake of transparency re possible conflicts of interest here!), it has confirmed my previously held conviction that Jago is the Maestro of Metaphor, the Boffin of Bullet Points and an Aficionado of Alliteration. And so I suppose in some ways, that means he writes like a Management Consultant. Which is no surprise, because that's exactly what he was for a relatively short period. But that time was clearly enough to hone his communication skills. He writes in an informal, light style, making his points with crystal clarity, peppering his text with humour, anecdotes and pithy comments. While the alliteration and metaphors did provoke a wry smile occasionally, they do serve his purpose.

And that purpose is to help people think carefully, honestly and positively about their work - and in this, the book succeeds admirably. The 5 primary metaphors Jago uses as coat-hooks for this - Treadmill, Trampoline, Trout, Trumpet and Tardis (see what I mean?! though I should say that I was bitterly disappointed that Tardis didn't start 'tri...') are suggestive and memorable.

Where the book really comes into its own, however, are the personal touches - he is very game in his inclusion of self-deprecating incidents from his own working life, and these genuinely help to land the points he's making. Incidentally, it's obvious Susannah's observation that he'd never once caught a trout in the 9 years of their relationship still rankles (see p94). It's a hard life, Jago (but then I can't talk on the trout front either).

Each brief chapter concludes with the testimony of an individual who has had to battle with, or put into practice, some of the challenges just outlined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Hawthorn on 3 Oct. 2009
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Though clearly aimed at those who have recently entered the 'world of work', or who are about to, anyone in 'work' can and will benefit from this excellent book. Even if you've been many years in employment reading this book will repay the time spent doing so. Actually it won't take much time as the book is quite short and a very easy, enjoyable and thought/prayer provoking read.
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A funny, encouraging book that has good, general advice about getting a good work/life balance (or in fact it is all a life balance - we should embrace work and treat it as another part of our life to live and make it as fulfilling as possible).

But it is more than that, it is written from a Christian viewpoint, and looks at how to live out your faith in the workplace in a way that allows people to see where you gain your strength and purpose from, in tough times and good, instead of feeling you need to hide your true self and faith to avoid offending anyone. It is a realistic book that shares real-life experiences of how these things are not always easy but can improve if we work at them over time.

It covers all - those starting work, in the middle of a career, or nearing retirement.

I would definitely recommend reading it - along with any of Mark Greene's books on similar themes (he is the series editor of which this book by Jago Wynne is one) - another very entertaining writer.
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Went through this book chapter by chapter with our Christian fellowship group at work. It's not a study guide set up wtih lots of questions to ask the group - so we just read the chapters and presented this back to the group. Sometimes we read extracts straight from the book. Jago's easy writing style and the way he tackles (sometimes uncomfortable) work situations which many of our group had either experienced first hand, or had seen playing out in our workplace, made it a compelling read and a popular course. Others in the group went on to buy the book themselves. Think that says a lot. Would recomment this.
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