Faith at Work: Making a Career of Becoming a Saint

This morning, my acquisition editor/legendary writer/all-around great guy Dr. Bert Ghezzi shot me an email. Much to my delight, the team at Our Sunday Visitor just agreed on the title for my first book, due for release March 1, 2012. It’s going to be called “Faith at Work: Making a Career of Becoming a Saint.”

Funny, that’s exactly what I proposed. My reply to Bert: “I like it.”

Writing the book is the fulfillment of a dream for me. Ever since my friends Mike Aquilina and Patrick Madrid published my first humble works, I have wanted to write a book. Now it’s well on the way, and I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.

For the two or three people I haven’t already told, Faith at Work encourages Catholics to fully integrate faith into our everyday work lives. By doing so, we are able to use our work experiences to draw us closer to Christ, while sanctifying each work day. In today’s work environments, we Catholics have an unparalleled opportunity to reflect Christ’s light in practical ways, such as treating others with dignity, handling adversity with grace, and applying a long-term (eternal!) perspective to everyday situations. Through our faithfulness in even small matters (for example, commenting positively about our spouse to a co-worker) the Holy Spirit can use our daily work to transform lives.

The book uses anecdotes and examples of the faith being applied to work situations, highlighting opportunities for us to excel in both spiritual and practical terms. Topics include finding meaning in our work, building solid teams, positively influencing our workplace culture, flourishing through adversity and living the beatitudes. Have you ever experienced workplace attitudes or practices that don’t square with your faith? Need some encouragement with a difficult relationship at work? Want to turn your work into prayer? This book is for you!

I believe that a truly successful career consists not only of making a living, it also helps us to achieve the ultimate goal of holiness: to become saints, and lead others to Christ. Through being faithful Catholics, and with the strength of the sacraments, we bring Christ to others in the workplace and participate in God’s plan of salvation for our lives.

The manuscript has been completed for a while, but is still in the editing process. I do have my first blurb recommending the book, and yes – it is my Dad. But I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with the talented team at OSV, and for the privilege of writing this book for you – and everyone else who works for a living (yes, Moms count!)

You’ll hear more about this down the road, or you can check out my web site here for updates as well. Please pray the book sells well, I’m hoping to be a good and faithful servant to our Lord, and a worthy author for OSV!