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“Full of practical insights and actionable research findings, Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work guides readers – in all kinds of jobs – through a thoughtful and research-based path to transform their relationship with work. Dik and Duffy have powerfully captured the dynamics of meaning in work in ways that underscore the importance of meaningful work in any job.”
 –-Amy Wrzesniewski, associate professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

“In this time of economic uncertainty and rapidly changing patterns of work, the search for a meaningful vocation is foremost among major life concerns. Make Your Job a Calling offers an excellent guide to historical and psychological wisdom on how work can be made meaningful. Bryan Dik and Ryan Duffy have written a useful and timely book that should interest all workers today.”
–William Damon, professor, Stanford University, and author of The Path to Purpose: How Young People find their Calling in Life.

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Now available! Make Your Job a Calling Resource Guide downloadable e-book. A perfect companion to Make Your Job a Calling for counselors, educators, book group leaders or anyone else wanting to dig deeper into the book. The Resource Guide is full of summaries, exercises, and questions for reflection. Only $.99 for Kindle or free through templetonpress.org.

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“Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace is the definitive resource for understanding the forces that shape our work lives. This academic tour de force offers rich insights on jobs, careers, and callings from leading experts in psychological and organizational scholarship.”
–Adam M. Grant, Ph.D., Class of 1965 Wharton Professor of Management, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Give and Take and Originals

“Finding meaning in one’s work is a key to finding meaning in life. Yet all too often, work is experienced as pointless and trivial. In this unusually well-thought-out and well-organized collection, the editors present the major theories and research that pertain to finding meaning in work-and they do so in an extremely user-friendly way. Anyone who is interested in improving work experience will find this volume and indispensable reference.”
–Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management; and Founding Co-Director, Quality of Life Research Center, Claremont Graduate University; author of Flow

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“Humans universally hunger for meaning, and this hunger is most often satisfied in the domains of work and faith. This volume brings these two vast realms of human life into contact through a scientific analysis of spirituality at work. The editors have assembled a splendid compilation of chapters demonstrating both the potential and perils of searching for the sacred at work.”  –Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of California, Davis, and Past President of the Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality; author of Thanks! and The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns

When an emergent societal movement (workplace spirituality) is rigorously engaged by scholarly psychologists it is a sign of a maturing interdisciplinary evolution. Her pioneering social scientists demonstrate how this juxtaposition enriches a soul-filled topic critical to our contemporary world yearning for deeper meaning in turbulent times. We are all beneficiaries of their creative effort.”  –Andre L. Delbecq, Ph.D., Thomas J. and Kathleen L. McCarthy University Professor, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University