How much do I want to read more? 5/10
This book has strong religious connotations, with lots of "God" and "Bible" vocabulary. Still, I was curious about it.
It never happened to me, to think of God like being the first "Entrepreneur", I think that was unexpected but smart and to the point:
"God was the first entrepreneur. He brought something out of nothing. He established order out of chaos. He created for the good of others."
[quote, Dave Blanchard]
“Entrepreneurship provides a blank canvas for Christians to put their belief into action, and in Called to Create Jordan gives us a strong theology and a great imagination for what this might look like in the world. This is key reading for both the aspiring entrepreneur and the active founder alike.”
[quote, Mark Russell]
“Whether you’re a business owner, an entrepreneurial employee, a student looking to make something of the world, the founder of a nonprofit, a mompreneur, a photographer, a painter, a musician, an author, or a chef, Called to Create will help you see how your creative work can be an act of worship to God. There is no hierarchy of callings, whereby ‘ministers’ or ‘missionaries’ are the only ones doing the work of the Lord. God has called us all, and in Called to Create, Jordan debunks this bad theology and offers Christian creators an inspiring, biblically based invitation to embrace creativity as a means of serving God and others.”
God was the first entrepreneur. He brought something out of nothing. He established order out of chaos. He created for the good of others.
We are made in the image of the First Entrepreneur; thus, when we follow his call to create businesses, nonprofits, art, music, books, and other products, we are not just doing something good for the world, we are doing something God-like. This is important because it validates the deep desire in our souls to create.
If you’ve ever wanted your work to feel like a calling rather than a job, this book is for you.
Who Is an Entrepreneur?
an entrepreneur is anyone who takes a risk to create something new for the good of others.
As someone who fits the traditional definitions of both an “entrepreneur” and “creative,” to me there’s always been a clear connection between entrepreneurship and creativity. From my perspective, the act of creating a new business is not dissimilar to composing a song. Both require bringing something out of nothing, establishing order out of chaos, and creating something good for others.
What to Expect from This Book
Part 1 deals with the issue of “calling,” a loaded and often confusing term in the church today. In this part, we will take a deeper look at God’s creative character, explore what the Bible has to say about the inherent goodness of work, and set forth a series of practical questions to help us discern our calling.
In part 2, we will examine how following the call to create impacts our motivations for creating, the products we choose to create, and what it looks like to holistically integrate the gospel into our ventures, beginning with striving for excellence in everything we do and prioritizing people over profit. As we’ll see, our work can only be a calling if someone calls us to it and we work for their sake and not our own.
Part 3 deals with the challenges that are unique to or especially acute for the Christian entrepreneur, including managing the tension between trusting in God and hustling to make things happen in our ventures, responding to adversity and failure, and how we as Christians need to continually renew our minds through regular communion with God, our partners, and other believers.
In part 4, we will issue a charge for those who are called to create, asking questions about what it looks like to create disciples through our endeavors, how we should view profit, and how what we create today can last on into eternity, as we lay our creations down at the feet of the First Entrepreneur as he builds his final masterpiece, the new heaven and new earth.
1 - the first entrepreneur
“All my life, I always knew I was creative, but there was no validity for my creative work being a calling from God. Creativity was kind of always on the fringes,”
In Genesis, God is clearly creating something new. In six days, he created the heavens, the earth, light, evening, morning, sky, land, sea, vegetation, sun, moon, stars, animals, and human beings.
[quote, Victor Hugo]
I have been writing my thoughts in prose and in verse; history, philosophy, drama, romance, tradition, satire, ode, and song; all of these have I tried. But I feel that I haven’t given utterance to the thousandth part of what lies within me. When I go to the grave I can say as others have said, “I have finished my day’s work.” But I cannot say, “I have finished my life.”