Christian business and professional men face extra challenges as they attempt to live out their values and convictions in a world that is less-than-sympathetic to their views. Businessmen not only carry the responsibility to provide financially for their own families, but also to supply income and a work-friendly environment for those they employ. In addition to the above, professional men feel an extra burden for the well-being of the clients, patients or parishioners they serve. And the extra demands on their time and energy, combined with mental stress of their work, leaves these men with special, and often unrecognized, needs.
Living with Integrity was written to address this need by an author who has been a mentor to these men for 26 years. He uses his training and experience, both as a pastor and a family counselor, to focus on the key areas of the business and professional man's life with insights and practical suggestions for application, all from a Christian perspective.
For instance, this book contains a chapter on maintaining one's spiritual life on a busy schedule. Another chapter discusses using common business practices for more effective family leadership. Two chapters address the art of fathering and being a husband that his wife can both love and respect. All men (including Christians) have to deal with their sex lives and so the author has included a separate chapter on this subject, looking at it from several different angles. Four chapters deal directly with the Christian man's professional life; balancing work and leisure, having proper motives, using good people skills, and showing exemplary character in the way he conducts his affairs. Additional chapters speak to issues like attitudes and emotions, handling times of adversity, and preparing for retirement.
Written in handbook form, each chapter stands on its own so the reader can pick and choose areas of personal interest to peruse. The chapters are also divided into sections, with questions for personal reflection and/or group discussion at the end of each section. Thus, the book is useful for both an individual or a group.