This is a list of resources that I’ve found helpful in integrating my faith and business with confidence.
Note: Some of the links are affiliate links. That means, if you want to get the resource, and are willing to give me a commission at no extra cost to you, you can click the link and buy on Amazon. Thanks in advance! (Integrity’s important and opinions are my own. I only link to things I actually recommend.)
What it’s about: A single question helps you focus, so you can prioritize your work and life, get more done, and enjoy life more.
Why I recommend it: This question (and the related information in the book about how to apply it) helped me change the way I think about productivity, prioritization, and reduce overwhelm. While not specifically a Christian/faith-and-business book, this book made me more effective in managing stress so I wasn’t worrying and anxious about everything.
What it’s about: This Bible study guide on select Psalms show you how to pray through emotions like doubt, fears, and anger.
Why I recommend it: Being an entrepreneur is a serious of emotional ups and downs. Christianity isn’t about sugar-coating our experience, but learning to acknowledge and bring these feelings to God and pray in a Biblical way so that we live a more genuine faith in all circumstances.
What it’s about: This example-filled book teaches you how to have more humility and shows you why it’s important in your business and personal life. False humility can be just as bad as arrogance and you also learn how to avoid pretending and become more genuinely humble.
Why I recommend it: Sometimes it feels like the more you brag the more you get ahead, and other times, the appeal of arrogance is more subtle. This really encouraging (and definitely convicting!) book helped me identify my arrogance and move toward humility, which I’ve seen benefit me in life and business.
What it’s about: A testimony of God’s provision in Myles’ life and business, starting with God asking Myles to give Him half of the business. God then grows it to provide for Myles’ family and a charity feeding hungry people in Hawaii.
Why I recommend it: It’s encouraging to me to read a story of God’s ability to plan and provide in a entrepreneurial setting. It helps me grow my trust in Him so that I’m more willing to “wait for his plan to unfold” (Psalms 106:13).
What it’s about: A practical guide to business situations, with principles from the Bible tested in the author’s life. A sample of subjects included: business tithing, discounts, personal lifestyle goals, Biblical business goals, being in bondage to your business, partnerships, and more.
Why I recommend it: It’s written mostly for business owners (with employees), managers, and executives, but I found it a good place to start when thinking through what it might look like to have a business that pleases God.
Reading list (Books I’m excited for but haven’t read yet):
Why I’m excited to read it: Prioritizing tasks, saying no, managing a business and life… it’s becoming increasingly evident that maintaining better boundaries will be a big part of my success moving forward. I’ve had multiple recommendations of this book and there’s even a YouVersion reading plan if you’d like to sample.
Why I’m excited to read it: I’ve read posts from Shawn in his Facebook group, and had the chance to talk with him, and I really enjoy the hope and joy that he brings when he explains the truths he’s experienced about God.