Redeeming Work

A Guide to Discovering God's Calling for Your Career

Bryan Dik

The world of work is changing rapidly. As a Christian trying to discern the right career path, you might perceive the marketplace as a bewildering and anxiety-provoking place. You might even worry you’ll have to sacrifice your values to have a successful career. How can you hope to find work that is informed by faith and that serves God’s will? Redeeming Work was written to answer just this question.   

The author, Bryan Dik, PhD, is one of the leading psychologists in the world who specializes in vocation. A professor, entrepreneur, and follower of Christ, Dik wrote this book as a labor of love after devoting his career to research and development of practical strategies for helping others find purposeful work. His message: there are abundant opportunities for Christians to forge careers that answer God’s calling for their lives. In Redeeming Work, he shares the tools you need to find these opportunities and pursue them successfully.

Your purchase of Redeeming Work comes with a special bonus: free access to an evidence-based online career assessment system called PathwayU. By taking this assessment, you’ll learn about what makes you unique, including what you enjoy (interests), what matters to you (values), your general tendencies (personality), and what you most need from an organization (workplace preferences). Then, you’ll be able to explore career paths (and current job openings) that fit the pattern of gifts God has given you.

“In a day when we are inundated with trivial information, it is delightfully refreshing to stumble upon a rich repository of practical wisdom. Redeeming Work is a surprisingly rare and priceless find for anyone who desires to pursue a life well lived. Integrating timeless wisdom as well as the latest social science research, Bryan Dik brings a welcome and much needed voice to the crucially important matter of discerning and living into one’s calling. I highly recommend it!”

Tom Nelson, DMin, president of Made to Flourish and author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work

Redeeming Work is an evidence-based book full of practical, actionable advice to Christians seeking to flourish in their work and their faith. To live your calling is a choice: Bryan Dik explains the research and provides the tools to help make that choice a reality in your life…today.”

Christine B. Whelan, PhD, clinical professor, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin, and author of The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life

“Do you have eyes that see? One of the most ancient of questions, it is still one of the most important questions, running through the meaning of everyone’s life and labor. In Redeeming Work, the seamless character of our work in the world is set forth with unusual clarity. Thinking across the disciplines, especially the richness of theological vision and the rigor of scientific insight, Bryan Dik brings years of thoughtful reflection on why work matters, and how we find our way into work that matters— yes, developing eyes to see why our work is integral to the very work of God. University students anywhere and everywhere, on their way into the rest of life, will be graced by a careful reading of this good book.”

Steven Garber, PhD, professor of marketplace theology, Regent College, and author of Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good

Redeeming Work offers a fresh, research-informed, and practical roadmap to help Christians discern their callings in the workplace. Drawing on timeless wisdom from Scripture and modern insights from vocational psychology, Dik wisely reminds the reader to start their discernment journey by locating one’s own particular story within God’s larger story.”

David W. Miller, PhD, director of Princeton University’s Faith & Work Initiative

Redeeming Work gives actionable advice to Christians seeking to discern their calling. Dr. Dik exquisitely positions his expertise in vocational psychology in the broader context of God’s story—creation, fall, redemption, and renewal—helping people see the bigger picture of God’s purpose for their work. Readers will find proven tools to both sharpen their hearing of God’s call and to steward their gifts for the common good and for His glory.”

Bill Peel, DMin, executive director of the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University

“As followers of Jesus, we’ve been given redemption, and one way we give thanks is to respond to this gift in our life and work. Redeeming Work merges sound theological reasoning, solid research from vocational psychology, and practical guidance from the frontline of the workplace to guide readers through a process of discovery. This process of self-discovery and reflection equips the reader with the insight needed for full participation in Christ’s ongoing work of redemption. Redeeming Work is a trustworthy and essential guide for any person of faith on a journey to discover his or her place of flourishing in this world.”

Michael K. Le Roy, PhD, president, Calvin University

Redeeming Work happens when God’s truth in the Bible meets God’s truth in vocational psychology. If you want practical advice for discerning your call, this book is for you. Dr. Bryan Dik has spent much of his life pursuing the integration of faith and work. His deep faith and his expertise in vocational psychology bring new evidence-based wisdom to the vocational discernment process. Terrific book.”

John Van Sloten, author of Every Job a Parable and The Day Metallica Came to Church