God at Work

I've finally picked up a copy of Gene Veith's "God at Work". I have seen it quoted by people I admire such as Tim Keller, Katherine Leary Alsdorf and Mike Baer.

I've only had time to read the first chapter, but I already feel like I'm going for a long walk with a good friend, and the scenery is spectacular.

It is about a theology of vocation, and those familiar with my writing, will know that I'm pretty committed to the idea that God is interested in all our work, paid or unpaid, whether 'spiritual' or 'secular'.
Veith spends the first chapter deconstructing some of Martin Luther's re-envisioning of vocation with some helpful illustrations.
As an example, I say grace before each meal, and I often thank God for the hands that prepared it, but I am thinking of widening my gratitude to include those who grew, refined, transported and sold the food components to me as well!
As Veith says, "It is still God who is responsible for giving us our daily bread. Though He could give it to us directly, by a miraculous provision, as He once did for the children of Israel when he fed them daily with manna, God has chosen to work through human beings, who, in their different capacities and according to their different talents, serve each other. This is the doctrine of vocation."