Faith at Work – Endorsements
Here’s what people are saying about Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck:
We are all called to holiness. Yet finding our way to sanctity through the maze of the consumerism and secularism of our age is not always easy. Kevin Lowry’s Faith at Work sheds great light on the pathway to a genuine life in the Spirit. This insightful and engaging book offers practical guidance to transforming the routine of everyday work into a life-giving participation in bearing witness to the Gospel and our own share in manifesting Christ’s kingdom. This book helps us capture the joy of seeing the wonder of God at work all around us in the very things we do – how we live.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Kevin’s book is an important reminder that we are called to live our faith in our work, where we spend so much of our life. He offers wonderful insights centered on serving others but does so by revealing an unwavering commitment towards keeping Christ at the top of one’s priorities, regardless of the demands of the workplace. The recommendations and questions for reflection at the end of each chapter offer simple steps on how to put this book into action.
In our society, faith and work are often presented as things that don’t mix or shouldn’t be mixed; yet nothing could be further from the truth. In this book, Kevin skillfully shows how we are in fact called to sanctity in and through our work. Faith At Work is both practical and inspiring!
Too many Christians treat ‘ambition’ and ‘success’ as if they’re four-letter words. They’re not. For a Catholic in business, they can be touchstones of sanctification. Kevin Lowry knows that, and he shows us how to turn a career of nine-to-five into a lasting encounter with Jesus Christ.
In today’s struggling economy many people are grateful simply to be on someone’s payroll. But as Kevin so eloquently explains in Faith at Work, our jobs, no matter how big or small, can serve as a mission field where we can help others and ourselves achieve that universal call to holiness. Kevin provides us with plenty of career common sense drawing from his own work place experience combined with sound Catholic teaching. This book will help many people be the best they can be.
Teresa Tomeo, Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host, Best Selling Catholic Author, Motivational Speaker
Kevin Lowry writes in a very easy-to-read style but don’t take that to mean this book is fluff. It is anything but. This book is filled with advice, wisdom and Scripture that will help anyone in the workplace – and beyond – become a saint. As Kevin says, “we are on a mission from God” and that mission, filled with adventure and challenge, will take us right back to God if we do His will in every aspect of our lives. This book will help.
In an age when workplaces, office hours and business ethics are being redefined, Kevin Lowry’s new book Faith at Work is an essential resource for anyone engaged in work, whether the reader is a seasoned professional or a brand new recruit. With an emphasis on both spiritual exercises and professional pointers to help you succeed at both your career and at life, Faith at Work provides a hallmark for personal excellence. Inspirational, well-written, and full of insight, Kevin Lowry’s Faith at Work provides the motivation, the means, and the message needed for anyone looking to make a true difference in our world.
Faith at Work is a source of both encouragement and challenge. We know that by living Christian virtues in the workplace, an opportunity exists for the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of those whose lives we touch. The challenge is remaining true to our baptisms and allowing God’s power to permeate us in every role we play. As a long-time friend, advisor and now colleague, I know Kevin strives to practice what he preaches in this book. Catholics, and all Christians, will benefit from reading this book and reflecting on the lessons of the gospel applied to our everyday work.
I can’t imagine any person, no matter the job title, who would not find Faith at Work to be both practical and inspiring. Too many people compartmentalize their faith and their work, thinking that it is impossible to bring faith into the workplace. Kevin Lowry demonstrates, with simple and relatable examples and suggestions, just how wrong that is! The book is filled with simple, yet profound and challenging advice. Among my favorites: “Recognize the difference between serving and making people happy”; “Jesus loved everyone he met and demonstrated this love through friendship. The workplace affords us an outstanding opportunity to be friends to others”; “When we enter the workplace, we aren’t always in a position to quote bible verses, or illustrate our points with citations from encyclicals. But we’re always able to conduct ourselves with virtue and honor.” If every reader put only one of Kevin’s suggestions into practice on a regular basis, workplaces — and lives — would be changed, through God’s grace.
Are you concerned about the direction of your own career; about setting priorities and balancing commitments to your family, your career, and to God; about how to cope with a difficult co-worker; about how to spread the Gospel and share simple Christian love within the workplace, inspiring, and not repelling others? Kevin Lowry wrote Faith at Work to help us allow our faith to lead our career efforts and to address these issues and more. Judging from the results, I pray that Kevin’s own career efforts will include writing many more books!
Faith at Work is suffused with the spirit of charity, with warm, good-hearted humor, and with hard-won practical wisdom wrung from decades of real-life experience in the work world. This is one of those books I’ll pull out from time to time and read again and again with relish, until, and perhaps even after, the day that I retire. I’ll be putting copies in the hands of my two sons as well. In the meanwhile, I can hardly wait to get back to the office to put Faith at Work to work at work!
Kevin Vost, Psy.D., Author of Memorize the Faith! and From Atheism to Catholicism
I’ve known Kevin Lowry as a Catholic and a businessman for the better part of two decades. And I’ve been waiting all that time for him to write THE book on faith in the workplace. Reading this book is a privilege — like the chance to learn shortstop from Derek Jeter or songwriting from Paul McCartney. Take notes.
Kevin Lowry’s Faith at Work is a gift to Catholics everywhere. All of us have a job to do, whether it’s as a corporate executive or as a stay-at-home mom. My own career path has taken many turns from scooping ice cream in high school to managing a ten million dollar payroll to changing diapers. At every turn, seeking God in my work was vital, not only in helping me do my job well but also for my eternal soul.
Faith at Work will help you ease work-related stress, deal effectively with office politics, find fulfillment in your job and, most importantly, grow in faith through your work.
At the heart of the pontificates of Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI is a proper explanation and putting into action of the core message of the Second Vatican Council which is “The Universal Call to Holiness” and that includes the 98.5% of the faithful of the Church, who are lay people. Only if they are energized and helped to seek and live holiness in the middle of the world can the “new springtime” of the Church be accomplished. In this fine readable and eminently practical book, Kevin Lowry shows in this case “the angel is in the practical details.” This “how to” book will help you to imitate Jesus in his hidden life as a working man and live day by day what Blessed John Paul II referred to as the “Fifth Gospel.”
Allen Hunt, Ph.D., Author of “Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church”
Kevin writes in a clear and concise manner, using a conversational tone and pertinent stories to share timeless lessons and eternal truths. Each chapter features easy to understand and implement “action items” for the journey. “Faith at Work” is inspired, and will prove to be a true blessing to its readers and their colleagues.
Kevin offers the reader practical insights from his experiences in life that will inspire you to bring Christ into your workplace and family. You’ll see the workplace as an opportunity to usher in His Kingdom.
Katie Gesto, Lay Missionary, Sudan
What if your job was not just a job? What if your work was actually central to your faith? In “Faith at Work”, Kevin Lowry shows how Christians can bring their faith to the world of cubicles, emails, bosses, and factories. Through personal examples, stories of success, and Biblical guidelines, Kevin paves the way toward a “spirituality of work”. If you work–and who doesn’t?!–this book will help you tremendously.
We Catholics are notoriously weak in witnessing to our faith. As an enthusiastic, well-informed convert, Mr. Lowry unerringly guides us into the 1-2-3’s of “letting our lights shine” for Christ. This book is clearly written, eminently practical in its advice. All of us can profit greatly from reading it and putting it into practice.
Fr. Ray Ryland, former Episcopalian, Author and Chaplain, The Coming Home Network International
Kevin is a master story teller, with both keen spiritual insight and a delightful sense of humor. You will be enriched by reading this, the first of his many books. Chapter 12 alone is worth the price of the book. Step right up and buy copies for all your friends and frenemies at work. I am the Dad in this book, and I approve of this message.
Douglas Lowry, Ph.D., Retired Professor of Business and Marketing, Franciscan University of Steubenville