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Take This Job and Love It:
How to Find Fulfillment in Any Job You Do

Matthew Gilbert

Daybreak Books/Rodale Press

In Take This Job and Love It, Matthew Gilbert asserts that each and every one of us can transform the routines of our work life into significant moments. Having been through countless jobs himself, drawing on the experiences of a wide range of people as well as the wealth of spiritual writings on the nature of work, Gilbert offers helpful advice for readers who want more from work than just a paycheck. He emphasizes the value of service-related jobs (which, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, will account for the majority of all future job growth), and how service is the key to unlocking compassion and joy in the workplace.

By shifting the focus from the job itself to the individual, Gilbert explains that spiritual satisfaction can be found by any employee, in any workplace, at any level. His insightful ideas include:

Start From Where You AreAs we face our daily work, committed to making it a tool for spiritual growth, we accept that where we are is the perfect place to start.

God Is in the DetailsIn the chaos that confronts us in the workplace every day, there are gifts of the spirit awaiting at every turn, and hidden gold in the seeming scrap metal of our daily routines.

Turn Lemons Into LemonadeTo consider work as an ally on the spiritual path we must cultivate an entirely new mindset, a willingness to see things differently and make new choices, to learn how to “pray while typing or answering the phone.”

We All Carry TraysPerhaps the most important thing any of us can ask ourselves is, Why am I here? What is my purpose? It’s easy to forget that we share this planet with other human beings who are very much like we are. What kind of difference can we make in their lives?

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