The Missing Merger: 'Workplace Grace' Reunites Sunday a.m. and Weekdays, 9 to 5
Updated, Revised -- 'Workplace Grace' Also Marks 125th Anniversary of Faith-Work Pioneer R.G. LeTourneau
Contact: Michael Conrad, 214-616-0320, Michael@Lovell-Fairchild.com
DALLAS, Oct. 28, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- For every Christian daunted by the "sales job" of evangelism, good news: no sales required. Evangelism is what you do daily in your cubicle, truck, home or corner office.
"Our mission field is where we are, and much of the time we're at work," Bill Peel, co-author of the groundbreaking Workplace Grace said. "So between Sundays, our message about God is in the work we're about. Whatever you do, you're already active in God's gospel distribution plan."
On the 125th anniversary of the birth of R.G. LeTourneau—engineering genius and university founder who seamlessly welded his work and faith in God— the revised and updated second edition of Workplace Grace, by Peel and Walt Larimore, from LeTourneau University Press, now is at Christian retailers and available online. Peel is executive director of the LeTourneau University Center for Faith & Work.
R.G. LeTourneau invented and manufactured mammoth earthmoving machines that helped win World War II. Postwar, his inventions built America's interstate highway system. Today LeTourneau University consistently ranks in the top tier of "America's Best Colleges;" it graduates more engineers and aviators than any Christian university worldwide and offers a host of top-drawer degrees on campus and online.
"In R.G.'s mind, all work is holy," Dr. Dale Lunsford, LeTourneau University president, said. "In Workplace Grace, Bill and Walt likewise blur lines between the careers we pursue and the faith we live."
Workplace Grace is the antidote for Christians feeling pressure to "evangelize" or feeling uncomfortable that they don't. In Workplace Grace, Christians find sound answers to common and often nagging questions, including:
- Should I talk at work about what I believe? The answer is yes, and Workplace Grace uncovers six signals to recognize when the time is right.
- Can I start faith conversations without offending my coworkers and friends? You can if you recognize when people are receptive. Workplace Grace offers examples of "faith flags," natural cues into faith conversation and simple guidelines on how to use them.
- If I'm not a gifted evangelist, does the Great Commission apply to me? Evangelism is never a solo flight. Workplace Grace tells how to create a network of influence allowing each Christian to naturally use his or her gifts to ultimately spread the gospel.
- Does my commitment to Christ mean I should leave business for seminary? God calls some people to be pastors, missionaries and evangelists—but they're the exceptions. Workplace Grace charts a clear path to find the holy where you are now, in your calling.
From every corner of the business world comes praise for Workplace Grace:
"Don't just read this book. Take to heart what it says and prayerfully zero in on God's 'on the job' ministry He has prepared for you." -- Norm Miller, Chairman, Interstate Batteries
"Workplace Grace articulates better than any other book I have read on how to be an effective witness for Christ in our work." -- Bud McGuire, Principal, Alpha Petroleum Services
"Integrating faith and work is critical! Workplace Grace provides practical how-tos that can have a positive impact in the workplace. A must-read for those who truly see their work as their calling." -- Diane Paddison, Real Estate Executive, Founder and President, 4wordwomen.org; Author, Work, Love, Pray
"Workplace Grace is a treasure trove of practical application. Every marketplace believer should read this book with expectation. It will transform their understanding of what being an ambassador in the workplace really means." -- Lee Truax, President, CBMC USA
For interviews or a copy of the book, contact:
Michael Conrad Michael@Lovell-Fairchild.com 214-616-0320.
About the LeTourneau University Center for Faith & Work
The Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University offers opportunities for lifelong learning and resources to support spiritual formation and gospel impact in the workplace.
Bill Peel is available for interviews on these and other faith-and-work topics.