Shop Class as Soulcraft (and Everything Matthew Crawford…Faith, Entrepreneurial, Self)

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford

This was another book from Book 9 as I waddled through my journey of self-discover. It’s a very compelling book. It’s simplicity about comparing life to Shop Class is riveting…as in people don’t take pride in what they do as a profession anymore. Scary, but I agree.

[Included Here: Book Edition Links: Hardcover, Paperback and Kindle; CD/Mp3 Links: Audio Book; Additional Read Links; and Non-English Book Edition Links.]

About: (Borrowed from Amazon.) A philosopher/mechanic’s wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one’s hands . Called the sleeper hit of the publishing season (The Boston Globe), Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a knowledge worker, based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world.

Book Editions:


Hardcover (Large Print – Expensive)




Audio Book

Additional Reads:

The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630-1800 (Kindle)

The Case for Working with Your Hands, Or, Why Office Work Is Bad for Us and Fixing Things Feels Good (Paperback)

The Lord’s Supper: Remembering and Proclaiming Christ Until He Comes (Hardcover)

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (Paperback)

The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (Kindle)

When the Polls Lie: 100 Reader’s Opinions Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work (Paperback)

By Other Authors:

A Craftsman’s Legacy: Why Working with Our Hands Gives Us Meaning (Hardcover)

Furnishing Eternity: A Father, a Son, a Coffin, and a Measure of Life (Paperback)

Handcrafted: A Woodworker’s Story (Hardcover)

Hands: What We Do with Them–and Why (Paperback)

Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman (Paperback)

Non-English Book Editions:

Philosophy of the future work of the motorcycle repair shop: gateway to a better life the handmade spirit and trend (Chinese) (Paperback)

Die Wiedergewinnung des Wirklichen: Eine Philosophie des Ichs im Zeitalter der Zerstreuung by Matthew B. Crawford (German) (Hardcover)

Contact: Pourquoi nous avons perdu le monde, et comment le retrouver (French) (Paperback)

Eloge du carburateur: Essai sur le sens et la valeur du travail (French) (Paperback)

Résumé-Éloge Du Carburateur de Matthew B. Crawford: Une synthèse simple et rapide à lire qui vous expose les points essentiels de ce livre (French) (Paperback)

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