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Proving Ground40 Reflections on Growing Faith at Work

Proving Ground

40 Reflections on Growing Faith at Work

Graham Hooper
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An honest and realistic look at why how we work matters.

There is no such thing as untested Christian faith.


The Bible shows us how testing experiences are common to every Christian and are part of God’s good work in making us the people he wants us to be. As we spend so much of our time working, (whether in the home, in voluntary work, study or in a paid job), our work, like every part of our life, provides opportunities to prove for ourselves that God is real and at work in his world for good.


Graham Hooper has written this challenging and encouraging book for all Christians, but particularly for those struggling to ‘live out’ their faith at work, or questioning the worth of what they are doing.


Graham writes with the conviction that the Bible’s teaching about work is inclusive, covering every type of work at every stage of life; that the Bible is a message of good news with a universal application; and that it is also honest and realistic about the pressures of daily work and the way these often test our faith in a just and loving God.


It’s this truly biblical view of work, grounded in Graham’s own experience, which he presents in this book.


Chapter headings include:


Part A: Understanding our Motives

  1. Necessity
  2. Getting Ahead
  3. Ambition
  4. Competition
  5. Rewards
  6. Contentment or Adventure?
  7. Pride
  8. Self–Image

Part B: Living Our Values

  1. Accountability
  2. Faithfulness
  3. Service
  4. Dealing with Corruption
  5. Living with Integrity
  6. Prayer at Work
  7. A Witness to What?
  8. Setting Priorities

Part C: Transforming Relationship

  1. Being the Boss
  2. Working for the Boss
  3. Bullying and Harassment
  4. Dealing with Conflict
  5. The Blame Game
  6. Exploitation
  7. Loneliness

Part D: Testing Situations

  1. Trapped
  2. Frustrated
  3. Bored
  4. Stifled Creativity
  5. Pressured to Conform
  6. Aimless
  7. Envious
  8. Setback
  9. Redundant
  10. Stressed

Part E: Keeping Focused… on ‘the Big Picture’

  1. God at Work
  2. Not in Vain
  3. Identity and Worth
  4. The Right Work?
  5. Career or Calling
  6. Measuring Success
  7. Leaving a Legacy
Graham Hooper

About Graham Hooper

Graham Hooper is a Company Director, and former Senior Executive with a global infrastructure company. Now based in Australia, he became a Christian while working in Tanzania and has since lived in six countries and worked in some twenty more. He is the author of several books including ‘Undivided’, ‘A Better Way to Live’, ‘Songs from the Heart’, and ‘Do You Love Me?’


  • Author: Graham Hooper
  • Release Date: July 2022
  • Pages: 232
  • Format: Large trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 216 x 138
  • ISBN: 9781527108455
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: Christian Life > Spiritual Growth


Graham brings together a thoughtful Christian perspective and a knowledgeable business perspective to important issues of faith and work.

Jenny George, CEO, Converge International

Is there significance in my work? The answers are in these pages! Proving Ground identifies our biblical and unique value in our everyday living, breathing, working life … Every Christian in the marketplace needs to read this book – it will change us, our work places and our world!

Bernadette Black, Founding Director, CEO, Brave Foundation Author, Speaker and Ambassador
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