If you’re in business – a sales professional, manager, or entrepreneur – you read how-to books. And the first thing you check out is the subject’s or the author’s credentials. Makes sense. After all, you don’t want biz advice from a person best known because “he once ran a lemonade stand; it failed.” No, you want to hear from someone who knows the game.
Well, how about a business how-to book about how Jesus would do it? That’s what you’ll get in Dennis E. Hensley’s Jesus in the 9 to 5. Hensley, the director of professional writing at Taylor University, blends the practical side of business with a playful narrative about how Jesus sets out to start a furniture manufacturing company, beginning by recruiting a burned out failure of a man named Pete Fishers. In one chapter, Jesus has a personnel problem: An employee named Mary, accused of stealing from the company, is brought into his office. I’m not going to tell you how he deals with the issue, but it may sound vaguely familiar if you know your Bible.
I will say, however, that Jesus in the 9 to 5 is a good book, well worth the read. Within the 12 sections are advice on how Jesus handled personnel problems; how Jesus recruited and trained employees; Jesus on quality control; and what Jesus taught about stress management.
Best of all, all the how-to advice is Bible-based. I’ve known Hensley for more than 40 years, from back when I was an unreformed heathen, when we set out as young pups to become successful writers. In that time, he’s written more than 50 books. (Me, well, I once had a lemonade stand.) He’s also a playful though very serious, committed Christian, who knows his stuff. (He is also a terrific public speaker, by the way, who does fantastic presentations on a number of subjects.)
The bottom line: Hensley knows business; Hensley knows writing; Hensley knows Jesus. So, if you’re a sales pro, a high-powered exec, or business owner looking for the Christian approach to business, you want to get a copy of Jesus in the 9 to 5, read it, dog-ear it, read it again, and keep it close at hand on your bookshelf. – jri