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The Word Before Work

A Monday-Through-Friday Devotional to Help You Find Eternal Purpose in Your Daily Work

Jordan Raynor

About The Word Before Work

A weekday devotional to help Christians connect the gospel to their vocation and appreciate the eternal significance of their work—no matter what it is—from the entrepreneur, thought leader, and bestselling author of Redeeming Your Time.

Perhaps you feel as if the work you do carries less eternal impact than the work of a pastor or missionary. But that’s not how God sees it. Whatever it looks like day to day, your work is ministry and central to God’s plans to restore fallen creation. 

As the days of creation reveal, God is quite familiar with work himself. He created humans with unique giftings and interests, specifically so we can pursue his redemptive work in partnership with him. 

The Word Before Work features 260 readings—one for every workday of the year—to help you see how your work connects to God’s work in the world. The first four weeks set the foundation by exploring:

what work means in light of the biblical narrative
why our work matters
five ways these truths inform how we should work today

The rest of this one-year devotional takes you on a journey through Scripture to explore God’s perspective on the work he has called you to do.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, barista, stay-at-home parent, CEO, or coach, The Word Before Work affirms how God created you for work, why it matters, and the ways it holds significance both now and for eternity.

About Jordan Raynor

Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and bestselling author whose books, podcast, and devotionals have helped more than three million Christians in every country on earth connect the gospel to their work. Jordan serves as the executive chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup that has built the world's largest library of 360-degree virtual experiences of hotels, restaurants, and attractions. A highly sought-after speaker on the topic of faith and work, Raynor has spoken at Harvard University, SXSW, and many other events around the world. Jordan has twice been selected as a Google fellow and served in the White House under President George W. Bush. A sixth-generation Floridian, Jordan lives in Tampa with his wife and their three daughters.

Product Details

304 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Nov 15, 2022

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 12

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Raynor's new devotional features 260 readings—one for every workday of the year—to help you see how your work connects to God’s work in the world.

Press Release

Bestselling Author & Successful Serial Entrepreneur Jordan Raynor Helps Readers Find Eternal Purpose in Their Daily Work in New Devotional,
The Word Before Work

For the last several years, thought leader Jordan Raynor has been encouraging Christians around the world to find eternal purpose in their work through his bestselling books and weekly newsletters. But many of his followers began requesting not only weekly but daily inspiration in their work.
 
The result is Raynor’s engaging and insightful The Word Before Work: A Monday-Through-Friday Devotional to Help You Find Eternal Purpose in Your Daily Work (WaterBrook hardcover; on-sale 11/15/22).
 
In the book, Raynor emphasizes that, although readers may feel as if the work they do carries less eternal impact than, say, the work of a pastor or missionary, this is not how God sees it.  He writes, “Whatever it looks like day to day, each one’s work is ministry and central to God’s plans to restore fallen creation.”

As the days of creation reveal, God is quite familiar with work himself. He created humans with unique giftings and interests, specifically so we can pursue His redemptive work in partnership with Him. 
 
The Word Before Work features 260 devotional readings—one for every workday of the year—to help readers see how their work connects to God’s work in the world. The first four weeks set the foundation by exploring:
• what work means in light of the biblical narrative
• why our work matters
• five ways these truths inform how we should work today

The rest of this one-year devotional takes the reader on a journey through Scripture to explore God’s perspective on the work He has called each person to do.
 
The Word Before Work is a life-changing, biblically-based guide that will be appreciated by people in all walks of life, from CEOs and artists to baristas to programmers and stay-at-home parents.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jordan Raynor, author of The Word Before Work: A Monday-Through-Friday Devotional to Help You Find Eternal Purpose in Your Daily Work (WaterBrook; on-sale 11/15/22) helps Christians respond to the radical, biblical truth that their work matters for eternity. He does this through his books (including the ECPA bestsellers Redeeming Your Time and the children’s book The Creator in You), podcast (Mere Christians), and weekly devotional (The Word Before Work)—content that has served millions of Christ-followers in every country on earth.
 
In addition to his writing, Jordan serves as the Executive Chairman of Threshold 360, a venture-backed tech startup which Jordan previously ran as CEO following a string of successful ventures of his own. Jordan has twice been selected as a Google Fellow and served in The White House under President George W. Bush. Jordan has been featured on many media outlets including CNBC, Fast Company, Forbes.com, The Gospel Coalition, WORLD, Dad Tired, In the Market with Janet Parshall, and the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. A sixth-generation Floridian, Jordan lives in Tampa with his wife and their three daughters. For more information, visit jordanraynor.com and instagram.com/jordanraynor.

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