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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to God-Centred Business, 9 Sep 2011
J. Kellard (Dorset, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Business for the Glory of God (Hardcover)
I have just finished reading Wayne Grudem's little volume 'Business for the Glory of God'. Despite its brevity (it's only 96 pages long), Grudem paints an extremely exciting picture of the role business can (and should) play in the unfolding of God's purposes for mankind. Far from being 'secular' or even 'morally neutral', Grudem argues persuasively that business is in itself morally good and pleasing to God.

The book examines a range of key components of business and shows how the Bible commends them and lays out a blueprint for how they should be practised. There are chapters on the following areas;

- Ownership

- Productivity

- Employment

- Commercial Transactions

- Profit

- Money

- Inequality of Possessions

- Competition

- Borrowing and Lending

- Attitudes of Heart

- Effect on World Poverty

All of these chapters explain clearly and crisply the way these activities are morally good and part of God's intention for mankind, but Grudem isn't naïve about the way they can be and often are abused in the real world.
Far more that simply providing a biblical basis for doing business, the book opened my eyes afresh to see the overwhelming need for the Church, as the people of God, to play an active role in restoring confidence in business. As Grudem himself says;
'I believe the only long-term solution to world poverty is business. That is because businesses produce goods, and businesses produce jobs. And businesses continue producing goods year after year, and continue providing jobs and paying wages year after year. Therefore if we are ever going to see long-term solutions to world poverty, I believe it will come through starting and maintaining productive, profitable businesses.' (pp. 81).
He adds later on,

'If the devil himself wanted to keep people created by God in the wretched bondage of lifelong poverty, it is hard to think of a better way he could do it than to make people think that business is fundamentally evil, so they would avoid entering into it or would oppose it at every turn.' (pp. 82).

Sadly, we often play into the devil's hands and harbour unbiblical attitudes towards business. Grudem urges us to consider what God's Word has to say about this crucial subject and to engage fully in 'business for the glory of God'.

I wholeheartedly recommend the book as a great starting place for those interested in understanding the basic shape of what the Bible has to say about economics and business activity.

Grudem, a respected theologian and currently research professor of Bible and Theology at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, wrote the book back in 2003 as the first-fruits of a larger research project on the Bible and business practice. To date, he has yet to publish the comprehensive fruits of his study (and I am not sure whether he still has plans to do so, as he has published a major work on politics ["Politics According to the Bible"] since that time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic little book with big ideas, 20 April 2012
Matt Doig (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Business for the Glory of God (Hardcover)
Just finished reading this great book on the evening I got it. Really helpful for viewing business positively and getting rid of the vestiges of guilt around profit, competition, borrowing, lending, etc.

As ever Grudem is very clear and persuasive. Highly recommend it!
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