Books and business

A few days ago a brother in the church which I serve asked me for book recommendations for Christians in business. Having only two or three volumes at my disposal, I wrote out to a few fellow-pastors and other friends seeking their counsels.

What follows is a consolidated list of responses. I wish particularly to thank David Murray of HeadHeartHand, who kindly provided me with a catalogue of links he has compiled over time addressing matters of business or vocation (included at the bottom of the book list). I should make clear that several respondents made plain that book mentions or links did not constitute unqualified endorsements (noted below at one or two points), a point which I would echo, and everything here should - as ever - be read with discernment and care. However, I trust that it might prove useful to others, and so I offer it in that hope.

I also thought you might appreciate the following counsel, passed on through one man:
"I would simply tell any Christian entrepreneur to go for all providence will afford with two major texts bolstering your front and rear: Mark 4:19 (". . . and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful") and Proverbs 23:4-5 ("Do not overwork to be rich; because of your own understanding, cease! Will you set your eyes on that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away like an eagle toward heaven").
And now, that book list . . .

And the Murray links . . .