The Seamless Life

A Tapestry of Love and Learning, Worship and Work

by Steven Garber

The Seamless Life
hardcover
  • Length: 128 pages
  • Published: January 14, 2020
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-4595-8
  • Item Code: 4595
  • Case Quantity: 32

We all want to make sense of life, of who we are and why we are, and to know that what we do day in and day out means something. We want it to matter. But the daily demands—work, eat, sleep, repeat—often lead to a life that feels void of meaning and disjointed from our deepest beliefs about faith, hope, and love.

But what if we began to see all we are and all we do—our work, our play, our relationships, our worship, our loves—as significant to God and to what God is doing in the world?

In these essays Steven Garber challenges us to move beyond our fragmented sense of reality, and to view life differently. Once we discover that there is no chasm between heaven and earth, and begin to see the truest truths of the universe woven into the very meaning of life and labor, of learning and liturgy, we are able to understand the coherence between the work of God and our lives in the world.

This is the seamless life—to recognize the hand of God and the handiwork of God right in the middle of our ordinary lives. To see all of life as sacred.

"The Seamless Life is a scrumptious feast for mind and heart, meticulously prepared in bite-size pieces of timeless wisdom, transforming truth, and life-giving grace. The depth and beauty of the poetic words as well as each breathtaking photograph point longing hearts to a God well loved and a life well lived. Steve Garber is a remarkably good man with a rare gift of storytelling. This may be his finest work. I highly recommend it."

Tom Nelson, senior pastor of Christ Community Church, Leawood, Kansas, and author of The Economics of Neighborly Love

"Steven Garber takes us on a personal journey—with many stops, and in many dimensions, transcending time and geography—to see life as he sees it: seamlessly. His collection of essays guides us in understanding the meaning of vocation and affirms our humanness; made in the very image of God, we cannot but care about the way the world is. Refreshing and challenging."

Philip Ng, chairman and CEO of Far East Organization

"Steven Garber takes the complex subjects of who we are as human beings and why our work matters and makes them come alive through captivating personal stories and photography. Reading The Seamless Life is a journey through profound essays and stunning images that provoke the reader to stop and contemplate the deepest questions of our generation. The book is a feast for the eyes, the mind, and the heart, and Garber's best work yet."

Uli H. Chi, chairman of Computer Human Interaction, LLC, senior fellow at the Max De Pree Center for Leadership

"In The Seamless Life, Steven Garber culls a lifetime of observation, reflection, and writing into what can only be called a masterpiece on vocation. With gentle, persuasive, artful language, Steven gives the reader a true picture of a faithful life. It is a seamless vision of word and work based in love, lived for the benefit of all and the glory of God. I cannot recommend this manual of meaning and mission more strongly. This book contains the truest truths, the deepest wisdom, and love that knows no limits."

Charlie Peacock, Grammy Award–winning music producer and cofounder of The Writer & The Husband blog

"Steven Garber's delightful prose reminds us once again of the importance of reflecting deeply upon that which is most meaningful: our very purpose. By embracing our vocation, we can each move the needle a bit from how things are to how they ought to be, showing us that we are all implicated in the way the world turns out. Well done, good and faithful servant! Well done."

Jay Jakub, senior director of external research, Mars, Incorporated, and coauthor of Completing Capitalism: Heal Business to the Heal the World
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CONTENTS

At Work in the World
Madison Avenue, Mad Men, and Much More
On Good Business
Repairing the World
Scrooge's Question Is Our Question
Seek the Flourishing of the City, Again and Again
The Way the World Is Supposed to Be
Vocation as Sacramental and Seamless
Work Matters

Vocation and Occupation
Cult. Cultivate. Culture
Is There a Vocation in Seeing?
Learning About Vocation
Of What We Do and Why We Do It
Making Sense of Life and Labor
Ora et Labora
Seeing Seamlessly
Vocations as Sacramental Signposts
When a Dream Becomes a Life

Making Sense of Life
A Disposition to Dualism
A Hard Question
Assuming Coherence
What Makes a Good Life?
Caritas and the Common Good
De Profundis
Laughing with the Devil, Laughing with God
On Duty and Desire
Unbroken and Broken
A Wonderful Life
A Longing for Grace

Life as Autobiography
Stumbling Along, Longing for Grace
Being Implicated
Friendship Isn’t Second Best
Remarkable Joy, Remarkable Sorrow
On Mere Christianity
The Sangre de Cristos
Uncommon Grace, Uncommon Heroism
Waking to the Morning Light
Who Are We and Why Does It Matter?
Whole Hearts, Broken Hearts
Conclusion (Always Winter, Never Christmas)

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Steven Garber is professor of marketplace theology and director of the program in leadership, theology, and society at Regent College, Vancouver, BC. Through his many years as a professor, he has become a teacher of many people in many places, serving as a consultant to foundations, corporations, and universities. His books include Visions of Vocation and The Fabric of Faithfulness, and he is a contributor to the books Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue. Married to Meg, they have five children and several grandchildren.

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