Conversations, Reading Guides, VOLUME 12

Christianity and Labor – Essential Books for a Deeper Understanding

Christianity Labor Books

Labor Day weekend in the US offers the Church the opportunity to reflect theologically on the nature of Christianity and labor — including our desires for meaningful work and for fair compensation for our labor.


Here are some very helpful books for Christians that reflect on the virtues of labor and its role in flourishing human societies. Some of the books explore the relationship of Christianity to organized labor, others explore crucial facets of vocation and work.  [Maybe soon we will post a counterbalancing list of books on Sabbath, rest, and recreation.]

*** What books about Christianity, labor, work,
and vocation would you add to this list?

Let Your Life Speak:
Listening for the Voice of Vocation

Parker Palmer

With wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor, Parker J. Palmer invites us to listen to the inner teacher and follow its leadings toward a sense of meaning and purpose. Telling stories from his own life and the lives of others who have made a difference, he shares insights gained from darkness and depression as well as fulfillment and joy, illuminating a pathway toward vocation for all who seek the true calling of their lives.

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One Comment

  1. I would add “Why Work?” by Dorothy Sayers.