On-the-Job Prayers is for people who go to work every day, whether in an office, factory or at home, with the resources of the Christian faith: a belief in God who creates, in Jesus Christ who redeems, and in the Holy Spirit who guides. It stands out from the growing number of books on the spirituality of work movement in that it is not so much about the spirituality of work as that it invites readers to practice the spirituality of work through prayer on the job.
Each prayer session includes a Scripture text to help readers focus, a reading from a variety of thinkers and writers, and concludes with a workplace prayerâ€”many written especially for On-the-Job Prayers. Readings come from people like Rudolph Giuliani, Reinhold Neibuhr, Florence Henderson and Martin Luther King, Jr. The book also includes three helpful indexes: Source Index, Scripture Index, and Subject Index.
William David Thompson
William David Thompson, M.Div., Ph.D., is the author of On-the-Job Prayers: 101 Reflections and Prayers for Christians in Every Occupation (ACTA Publications, Skokie, IL, 2006). Dr. Thompson brings a unique perspective to his work. He holds both advanced academic and theological degrees and has earned his living in the business world, in academia and in religious institutions.
Dr. Thompson has conducted seminars and workshops in a variety of industries and administered a professional development course on three continents for 1,100 US Navy chaplains on “Values in the Sea Services.” He recently spoke at a conference on Spirituality in the Workplace at Ridley Hall, Cambridge England. His corporate clients have included Morgan Stanley, Siemens, Computer Sciences Corporation, American Express, Merrill Lynch, AMTRAK and many others.
He is the author of several books on speaking and listening and was the general editor of the 10-volume Essence of Public Speaking Series published in 1998-99 by Allyn & Bacon/Simon & Schuster.
Dr. Thompson has served as the pastor of one of America’s center city churches, taught both in American universities and at Cambridge, and has supervised the operation of a corporate communications business. He has spoken to audiences throughout the United States, in Europe and in Asia. His topics include Restoring Integrity to the World of Business, The Soft Side of Business vs. the Hard Side, and Reawakening the Soul of Business.