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When Work Hurts
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5 in
  • Published: March 11, 2025
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: A1024
  • ISBN: 9781514010242

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Sometimes Work Hurts

We might be discouraged, disillusioned, or devastated by our work. We might experience trauma or harassment on the job, or we may have experienced work loss by getting fired. If you've been beat up, burnt out, or brokenhearted by work, you're not alone.

The Bible tells us that work will be difficult—filled with thorns and thistles—but no one prepares us for the pain we experience on the job. In When Work Hurts Meryl Herr

  • Explores the emotional, relational, and vocational pain that work causes and helps us rebound and build resilience so we can fully participate with God in his mission,
  • Walks through the biblical story of the Israelites' journey of exile, return, and rebuilding as a framework for spiritual and practical resources for navigating work loss, and
  • Shows that we can take comfort in the fact that God is at work in the midst of our work to bring healing and hope.


1. When the Walls Fall Down
2. Feeling like an Exile
3. Learning to See in the Dark
4. Sensing a New Calling
5. Staying on Task
6. Making Sense of It All
7. Working in a Battle Zone
8. Being Exploited and Oppressed
9. Realizing It's Me
10. Remembering to Hope
11. Working in the New Jerusalem



Meryl Herr (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is director of research and resources at Fuller Seminary's Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where she conducts research and creates resources to help Christian marketplace leaders integrate their faith with their work. She's also the owner of The GoodWorks Group LLC, a consulting firm specializing in educational program planning and evaluation. She lives with her family near Athens, Georgia.