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The reinvention of work : a new vision of livelihood for our time

Author: Matthew Fox
Publisher: [San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, ©1994.
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How many of us can really say that our work life is in balance with our personal life - that our values and desires are reflected in our daily vocation, that our personal life and professional life are integrated, or that we find satisfaction, not a crushing defeat of the spirit, in our workday existence? According to most polls and reports, very few of us do.
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Fox, Matthew, 1940-
Reinvention of work.
[San Francisco, Calif.] : HarperSanFrancisco, c1994
(OCoLC)624259022
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Fox
ISBN: 0060629185 9780060629182 0060630620 9780060630621
OCLC Number: 29254338
Description: x, 342 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Job Crisis or Work Crisis? --
1. The Great Work and the Inner Work: Revisioning Work. 1. The Pain of Work: Work As Nothingness and Lamentation. 2. From Machine to Green: How a New Cosmology Helps Us Revision Work. 3. Exploring Our Inner Work: Work As Enchantment. 4. Creativity: Where Inner and Outer Work Merge --
II. The Great Work and the Outer Work: Reinventing Work. 5. The Environmental Revolution and the Reinvention of Work, Including Farming and Politics. 6. Reinventing Work: Education, the Young, and Sexuality. 7. Reinventing Work: Health Care, Psychology, and Art. 8. Reinventing Work: Economics, Business, and Science --
III. Ritual: Where the Great Work of the Universe and the Work of the People Come Together. 9. The Reenchantment of Ritual: Reinventing Work by Rediscovering the Festive --
Conclusion: Work As Sacrament, Sacrament As Work --
Epilogue: A Spirituality of Work Questionnaire --
Appendix: A Preface of Creation.
Responsibility: Matthew Fox.
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How many of us can really say that our work life is in balance with our personal life - that our values and desires are reflected in our daily vocation, that our personal life and professional life are integrated, or that we find satisfaction, not a crushing defeat of the spirit, in our workday existence? According to most polls and reports, very few of us do.

Now controversial author and radical priest Matthew Fox shares his thoughts on one of the focal points of our lives - work. Like E. F. Schumacher before him, Fox has a unitive vision of the world.

He urges us to overcome our feelings of isolation, insecurity, and alienation in our work lives and to embrace a vision of the world where the self is not sacrificed for a job, but is sanctified by authentic "soul work." He envisions a world where intellect, heart, and health come together in a harmony of essential life experiences that celebrates the whole person.

Fox shatters industrial-age models of work by applying the principles of the new cosmology, calling on the prophetic voices from an array of professions - people who are asking critical questions about the way they work. Drawing on the rich legacy of great mystical teachings - from Hildegard of Bingen to Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, and the Bhagavad Gita - Fox proposes as a foundation for true work a spirituality rooted in the interconnectedness of all things.

Like Thomas Aquinas before him, Matthew Fox believes that "to live well is to work well" and sets out to reconnect the postindustrial world to the Great Work of the universe. He addresses our unemployment crisis and our work crisis with a whole new model of livelihood for our time.

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