Friday, March 7, 2014

Book Review: In Business with God

Kickstand Books provided a complimentary copy of the featured book in exchange for an honest review.
     Believers turn to the Bible as their road map to life. Yet, when it comes to career and business God is often left behind. Working under the capitalistic mechanism of our society often belies our faith and in turn, morals are negated to nothing more than a whimiscal thought. So, what is a believer to do when he wants to work within and uphold the guidelines of God, his Authority?
     Author and entrepenuer, Joseph James Slawek, walks the reader through biblical principles for business that have propagated his company to become a leader within the private sector. In his book, Ingredients for Sucess: 10 Business Practices for Business and Life, Slawek breaks down the parables within Matthew 25. Between these 46 verses we can create a feasible working plan to build business and people up at the same time without sacrificing morally, upright priniciples.
      There aren't any fail-proof instructions or methods being handed out, but rather lessons that can be applied to daily life. The Parable of the Ten Virgins can help us be more prepared in life, to plan ahead for the daily chaos and any impending disasters. In The Parable of the Bags of Gold we can learn how crippling fear can be and inhibit us from maximizing our potential. In 10 chapters (113 pages) Slawek uses parables and principles he has actually utilized himself. There isn't a greater teacher, besides the Bible, than experience. It is with a big heart that Slawek shares his journey with his readers.
     I was quite pleased with Ingredients for Success. Given, I am not a CEO, nor ever will be. I am primarily a mom of three. However, I garnered some new insights and wisdom for the road. I still have a tendency to allow fear to dictate my decisions, so obviously, the relevant chapter was particularly helpful for me. Certainly, there will be a chapter that will encourage your heart. If you are a business owner (or a mom), I pray this book will help you become the leader God has called you to be. Sometimes the right decisions aren't always easy decisions, but as Slawek can attest to, the right decision is one with God in mind.


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