Review: “Jesus in the 9 to 5” by Dennis E. Hensley

What if Jesus were here today, running his own company—and you worked directly for him? What might you learn that you somehow missed from reading your Bible?

Jesus in the 9 to 5

We may relish the historical accounts of Jesus’ life, but they are separated from our own experiences by thousands of years and by a vastly different culture. We often don’t know what to make of them for our own lives. I heard a pastor once make this point. He observed that Jesus never had a cell phone. He never Facebooked. Nor did wear clothes that had zippers.

If we’re not careful, we may think that what we read about Jesus is for that faith part of our lives. And so we form a false dichotomy. There’s our world of deep faith; and another in which we work—our 9 to 5.

It’s into this dichotomy that Jesus in the 9 to 5 (AMG Publishers, 2013) is written. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, motivational speaker and author of over fifty books, applies his signature wit to imagine Jesus leading a business in our more contemporary culture. His creative story line is interwoven with important leadership lessons on recruiting talent, managing people, improving sales, handling stress, and responding to changing market conditions. Along the way you’ll learn:

  • How “pre-success anxiety” or “success-status guilt” can keep you from fully expressing the gifts God’s given you.
  • The five critical requirements to make a sale that enhances your integrity.
  • The five ways the quality of your work can suffer if you’re not careful.
  • Hensley’s A to Z list of time management tips.
  • Strategies for overcoming burnout.
  • and more.

I admit, I probably have an advantage over you in reading this book. Dr. Hensley (affectionally referred to as “Doc”) has been my writing mentor and friend for many years. Consequently, I couldn’t help hearing his voice as I read it, along with his infectious laugh and excited inflection of voice as one readying himself to deliver a punch line (“wait for it”). Wit aside, Doc applies his many years of business expertise and writing prowess to craft an imminently readable business book that will have you rethinking just what would Jesus do in your 9 to 5.

What leadership principle do you think Jesus would teach in your place of business?

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2 thoughts on “Review: “Jesus in the 9 to 5” by Dennis E. Hensley

  1. Hey Leary!

    Good post and I am looking forward to reading this book.

    I would have to say that we need to discover God’s good works (purpose) that he created for us to do. Once we have clarity of purpose, build trusting relationships with your team to then engage in an honest sharing of ideas. After discussion of these ideas get people aligned in the same direction and make it okay for them to hold each other and themselves accountable.

    Oh – and don’t forget to celebrate once you reach the goal!

    This is a picture of what I am talking about: http://goo.gl/BtEwDJ

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