Called to Create: A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate, and Risk

Called to Create: A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate, and Risk

by Jordan Raynor

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Overview

We were created by an infinitely creative God to reflect his love and character to the world. One way we do that is by continuing his creative work. In this energizing book, serial entrepreneur and bestselling author Jordan Raynor helps artists, entrepreneurs, writers, and other creatives reimagine our work as service to God and others, addressing such penetrating questions as

- Is my work as a creative really as God-honoring as that of a pastor or missionary?
- What does it look like to create not to make a name for myself but to glorify God and serve others?
- How can I use my work to fulfill Jesus's command to create disciples?
- Will what I make today matter in eternity?

To answer these questions, Raynor shares compelling stories from an eclectic group of 40+ Christian entrepreneurs, including the founders of TOMS Shoes, Charity: Water, Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger, Guinness, HTC, and Sevenly, as well as nontraditional entrepreneurs such as C. S. Lewis, Johann Sebastian Bach, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Raynor's "show" rather than "tell," story-driven style makes you feel as if you are sitting at the feet of some of the godliest and most successful entrepreneurs of all time.

Perfectly poised to reach today's growing creative class, this unique work restores God's position as the first entrepreneur, helping readers see the eternal value in the work they do today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801075186
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 181,506
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jordan Raynor is a serial entrepreneur and bestselling author who leads a growing community of Christians following God's call to create. He currently serves as the CEO of the venture-backed tech startup, Threshold 360. He is also a cofounder of Citizinvestor, the world's largest crowdfunding platform for government projects. His book Startup Stories debuted in the #1 bestseller spot in multiple Amazon categories, including entrepreneurship and Christian business. Jordan has twice been selected as a Google Fellow and served in the Bush White House in 2006. He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and their two young daughters.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Part 1 Calling

1 The First Entrepreneur 23

2 The Goodness of Work 37

3 Discerning Our Calling 51

Part 2 Creating

4 Why We Create 69

5 What We Create 83

6 How We Create 99

Part 3 Challenges

7 Trust, Hustle, and Rest 119

8 Responding to Failure 135

9 Renewing Our Minds 151

Part 4 Charge

10 Commanded to Create Disciples 169

11 The Purpose of Profit 189

12 Creating for the Kingdom 205

Acknowledgments 219

About the Author 223

Notes 225

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