Every Job A Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses, And Astronauts Tell Us About God by John Van SlotenEvery Job A Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses, And Astronauts Tell Us About God by John Van Sloten

Every Job A Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses, And Astronauts Tell Us About God

byJohn Van Sloten

Paperback | June 20, 2017

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A Walmart greeter, a nurse, and an astronaut walk into a church. . . .

They each bring with them their own exhaustions and exasperations, their own uncertainty about whether and how their work matters to God. Good news: All work matters to God, because all work reflects some aspect of the character of God. God created the world so that it runs best when it mirrors Him, and we ourselves find the most fulfillment when we recognize God behind our labor.

John Van Sloten offers a fascinating and innovative reflection on vocation: Our work is a parable of God; as we work, we are icons of grace.
Title:Every Job A Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses, And Astronauts Tell Us About GodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.1 × 5.4 × 0.07 inPublished:June 20, 2017Publisher:The NavigatorsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1631465481

ISBN - 13:9781631465482


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fascinating Insight for Everyday Parables Have you ever considered that your work, no matter what it is, matters very much to God? That in fact, your work is a method God wants to use to speak to you, as well as through you? “Every Job a Parable: What Walmart Greeters, Nurses & Astronauts Tell Us About God” is an insightful new book written by Calgary, Alberta pastor John Van Sloten and published by NavPress that unpacks these questions with great insight and thought-provoking depth. So what exactly is “Every Job a Parable” about? Well, as John explains, through the pages of this book “you’ll encounter God’s revelation through various vocational parables, as shared with me by the people I interviewed. You’ll learn how a firefighter’s passion is like God’s, how the nature of automotive restoration uniquely reflects the renewing mind of God, how the cultural product of the culinary arts reveals something of the hospitable heart of God, and how a geophysicist’s search for subterranean truth informs humanity’s collective search for God’s truth.” I love how this book breaks the broad subject of “work” into much more specific areas of “vocation”, and then illuminates the various ways of how it all points back to the God who created us, our world, and our work. My eyes were opened time and time again to the different ways that God is moving in and through and all around us, including in our daily work. I didn’t agree completely with a few areas of theology, and at times the mini-sermons seemed to carry on a little longer than necessary, but overall I found the message and insights of this book to be tremendously beneficial and presented in a way that is easy to comprehend, yet provides food for thought long after you finish the book. In closing, let John’s words about the beautiful gift of discovering the parables within our work inspire you, and open your eyes to the truths that God reveals to us in so many ways... “I love seeing the look in people’s eyes when they realize that God really is moving through the work they do. At first they’re surprised, and then there is this beautiful sense of goodness and gratitude that washes over them. It’s as though they are becoming more of their vocational selves right before my eyes. In that moment I experience God’s delight.” If this sounds like a message you would like to dive into, don’t miss “Every Job a Parable”! "Book has been provided courtesy of NavPress and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting approach to a Theology of Vocation (work) Pastor John Van Sloten presents an interesting theology of vocation, contending every job can be a parable showing the character of God. From Walmart greeter to astronaut and almost any profession imaginable, Van Sloten demonstrates how an aspect of the person’s work shows the image of God. For example, the hair stylist who shows a person a level of trust in God. Or the accountant or auditor who shows the importance of delineating truth from error carefully. Any career can demonstrate an aspect of God’s nature… and how individuals are designed to reflect this image. In doing so, the author also provides great ideas for sermon illustrations and applications for the teacher/preacher seeking to apply a Biblical passage or principle to individuals in situations in life. At times, the book seems repetitive, and in places goes into extended discussions not directly connected to the the immediate topic/theme. Nonetheless, Every Job a Parable is a worthwhile read and I gladly recommend it. Note: This book was provided free of charge to the reviewer in exchange for an unbiased review by NavPress through the NutsAboutBooks blog review program.
Date published: 2018-04-21

Editorial Reviews

All work is meant to be God honoring. I have long believed that and taught it. But in this marvelous book John Van Sloten brings it all alive for me in new ways. I will be ready to read a parable from the Lord every time I see a sanitation worker or a Walmart greeter!