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Making Work Matter: Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World

In the past decades, work has changed dramatically. Yet we are still sent into the new world of work with old, outdated tools, expectations, and strategies. This leaves us ill-equipped in our pursuit of meaningful work that will impact our communities and change the world. The result? Unmet expectations and unfulfilled longings. Not to mention curiosity about how to do the work we sense God calling us to. Make Work Matter provides a blueprint for a better future. Filled with stories and insights from faithful entrepreneurs and built on solid research, this book will help you - discover what God is calling you to do in a changing world - define where you are in this season of work - embrace what the Bible says (and doesn't say) about calling - develop a mindset and habits suited for the new world of work - reflect on and work out ways that sustain you on the journey It's time to close the gap between what you're doing now and the meaningful work you desire to accomplish. This book will help you chart your own way forward. CityGate is pleased to partner with Hearts & Minds bookstore, linked below.

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Putting Purpose into Practice: The Economics of Mutuality

Years of research by the Mars corporation has led to an entirely new way of thinking about profit, capital and the purpose of business. In the face of constant change, the nature of business must evolve rapidly if it is to remain relevant to society at large. How then should business change to meet the requirements of the 21st century, in which unbridled globalization and technological advancements are having profound affects on the wellbeing and prosperity of both the people and the planet? The achievement of purpose is the key to successful transformation - not just having a purpose, but making that purpose real at every level of the organization.

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Enneagram Devotionals Forty Days on Being a One (or Two, or Three) Edited by Suzanne Stabile

Offering a 40 Day devotional for each of the 9 Enneagram numbers and written by a person of the type, these little books are packed with Enneagram wisdom. What is it like to be each of the Enneagram numbers? Written by diverse authors and edited by master teacher Suzanne Stabile, these nine Enneagram Daily Reflections will give you a glimpse inside the experiences of each type. Formatted as forty daily readings, each volume also includes opportunities for further engagement such as a journaling prompts, reflection questions, a written prayer, or a spiritual practice after each day's reflection. The Enneagram is a profound tool for empathy, so no matter what your number, you will grow from these readings and enhance your relationships across the Enneagram spectrum.

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Art and Faith: A Theology of Making by Makoto Fujimura

Conceived over thirty years of painting and creating in his studio, this book is Makoto Fujimura’s broad and deep exploration of creativity and the spiritual aspects of “making.” What he does in the studio is theological work as much as it is aesthetic work. In between pouring precious, pulverized minerals onto handmade paper to create the prismatic, refractive surfaces of his art, he comes into the quiet space in the studio, in a discipline of awareness, waiting, prayer, and praise. Ranging from the Bible to T. S. Eliot, and from Mark Rothko to Japanese Kintsugi technique, he shows how unless we are making something, we cannot know the depth of God’s being and God’s grace permeating our lives. This poignant and beautiful book offers the perspective of, in Christian Wiman’s words, “an accidental theologian,” one who comes to spiritual questions always through the prism of art.

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The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead

A powerful study on the complexity of modern leadership and how we each have distinct leadership behaviors and levers to contribute to the team.he Work of Leaders distills leadership best practices into a simple, compelling process that helps leaders at all levels get immediate results. In the view of the authors, leaders have three fundamental responsibilities—the VAE model: crafting a Vision: imagining an improved future state that the group will make a reality through its work; building Alignment: getting to the point where everyone in the group understands and is committed to the vision; championing Execution: ensuring that the conditions are present for the imagined future to be turned into a reality The true value of this VAE model is that it lays out a manageable, realistic framework to guide the process. The goal is to provide straightforward explanations of where you might choose to target your personal development efforts.

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