I have a book habit, and I hope I never kick it!
My husband teases me for that "just one more" package arriving with books. Sometimes it's because I needed one more item for free shipping. Other times it was just the thirst for understanding a particular subject.
In a search for inspiration in my work, today I started Tim Keller's Every Good Endeavor and continued reading Conscious Capitalism, coauthored by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia. I can already sense each writer's commitment to a higher purpose and the good of society, and I look forward to reading more.
Tim Keller seeks to heal some of the rift between church and society, making sense of the myriad of faith-filled perspectives on work. I expect he will integrate these motivations, such as social justice, personal evangelism, or generosity to charity. So far I enjoyed the story in the book's introduction of J.R.R. Tolkien's struggle with time in creating his epic Lord of the Rings universe. Keller describes Tolkien's short story "Leaf by Niggle" and illustrates how we long for a more perfect world than what we can maybe realistically create in one lifetime. I am grateful to my friends Jesse and Emily for recommending this book.
The authors of Conscious Capitalism provide an interesting contrast between their holistic business approach and Corporate Social Responsibility, emphasizing how a consciously operated business creates value for all systems involved. This is something that grows from its core, not simply tacked onto the side of operations (or to defend its public image), but an ethical motivation that pervades the entire business culture. For this read, I am grateful to Whole Foods Market for having a 25% off sale on books last September.
Also on my list this year:
As You Wish by Cary Elwes
A Loving Life by Paul E. Miller
The Fight by John White
Prayer by Tim Keller