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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Liguori (November 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764820524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764820526
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Catholic Briefcase is vintage Randy Hain. Easy to read, orthodox in content with specificity for application. A pragmatic blend of Church teaching and documented examples reinforce not only an important message for our times, but the specific cases give added believability and hope for Catholic's in their own "marketplace ministry". I highly recommend it. (Dan Spencer, III, Co-Founder Catholic Business Network, Executive Director National Fellowship for Catholic Business Network 2011-08-01)

Practical and powerful! Wherever you are in your spiritual journey, I think you will benefit tremendously from reading this book. (Matthew Kelly Founder of Dynamic Catholic.com 2011-09-30)

Many people feel that they have to put down their faith when they pick up their briefcase. But The Catholic Briefcase teaches us how to carry both. With practical tips on how to integrate our Catholicism with our careers, we learn how our faith can make us better businesspeople--and how our jobs can make us saints. (Matthew Warner FallibleBlogma.com and CEO of flockNote 2011-09-30)

…Faith-filled practicing Catholics will be affirmed, renewed, and uplifted as they do their best to apply Catholic principles at the office. Those beginning their journey will receive sound advice and will come away with a clear understanding of the true harmony that exists between faith and work. (Teresa Tomeo Syndicated Catholic Talk Show Host 2011-09-30)

Whether your workplace is the courtroom or the kitchen, Wall Street or the corner market, The Catholic Briefcase belongs on your reading list…Randy Hain offers real world scenarios and shines light on scores of Catholics who strive to balance saintliness and productivity. With measurable suggestions, reflection and discussion prompts, and written in a motivational tone, The Catholic Briefcase will inspire you all seven days of the week to more fully live out your vocation with joy and passion. (Lisa M. Hendey Founder and Editor, CatholicMom.com 2011-09-30)

Do you want to be a better spouse, a better provider, a person filled with joy and gratitude? Then open up The Catholic Briefcase by Randy Hain to learn about the secrets for living a life that successfully balances and integrates both faith and work. Stop imagining the perfect job and start living it! (Dr Bill Thierfelder President of Belmont Abbey College 2011-08-08)

Randy has prescribed an excellent roadmap for Catholic leadership. Written in straightforward style he leads you on an exploration of faith and work. This is a book that will help Catholic business professionals recalibrate their compass. (Joe George Group Vice President at Manheim Digital 2011-08-11)

The recommendations in this book are absolutely achievable…It is a very practical guide to fusing faith and work. (Anthony Lynch Business Development Executive, Systems Alliance, Inc. 2011-08-15)

Randy gives clear and concise insights into integrating faith and work, so each will blossom more fully. Each chapter features tools, reflections and recommendations that are easy to understand and apply. I recommend this book to all Catholics interested in using their God given gifts and specific talents to their fullest potential to glorify God and serve others. (Tom Peterson President and Founder, CatholicsComeHome.org 2011-08-23)

The strength of The Catholic Briefcase is in its practicality. Randy not only lays out guiding principles for integrating faith and work; he also does an excellent job of exploring tangible ways to live those principles in the daily grind…Buy it, read it, give it to a coworker, and buy it again! (Matt Swaim Producer, The Son Rise Morning Show on EWTN Radio 2011-08-30)

The Catholic Briefcase offers every Catholic helpful insights in navigating the complex and sometimes difficult challenges to integrating our work and faith lives. (Phillip M. Thompson, JD, PhD, LLM Executive Director, Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory University 2011-09-02)

While some Catholic professionals might struggle with the integration of their faith and their work, my bet is that many more of us just don't think about it at all. Randy has given us good reasons to not only reflect on how we see ourselves in the business community, he has assembled the tools to take our first steps as well! (Alan J. DeNiro Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer Haverty's Furniture Company 2011-09-06)

The Catholic Briefcase:Tools for Integrating Faith and Work is a must read for anyone struggling with how to balance our "work" with our "life's work." (Kimberly Samon Senior Executive at a major manufacturing company 2011-09-12)

…In The Catholic Briefcase, Hain deftly explains how you can integrate the whole of your life--your love for God, your Faith, family, growth in virtue, business conduct, friendships, financial decisions, leisure activities, etc.--into a mature, integral, and well-ordered continuum… (Patrick Madrid Director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College 2011-09-20)

About the Author

Randy Hain is a devoted family man, business leader, active steward in our community, writer, speaker, and a passionate advocate for our Faith. He converted to the Catholic Church along with his wife in 2006. Randy is involved in a number of ministries and groups whose mission is to promote a "unity of life," centered in Christ, that will help Catholic men and women integrate faith, family, and work. He is the Senior Editor for the fast-growing Integrated Catholic Life e-magazine, which he cofounded with Deacon Mike Bickerstaff in 2010.

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Randy Hain's first published book The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work (Liguori 2011) is a great resource!
Dorothy Polchinski
Hain's book, with its pragmatic approach, questions for discussion, and listing of helpful resources provides the launching point for personal reflection and growth.
Warren Hunt
This book can help you bust out of those ruts--where you're not alone!--and find that you actually can take concrete steps to live a more integrated life.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stacy Trasancos on November 20, 2011
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I chose to review the following book for three reasons.* 1) It is written by a convert, like I am. 2) It is written by a man who successfully integrates his faith in every aspect of his life, like my husband does. 3) When I once carried a briefcase as a career professional, but not yet a Catholic, it was the people who lived the way Randy Hain, the Business Manager and Senior Editor for The Integrated Catholic Life eMagazine, advises in "The Catholic Briefcase" who impressed me, people of faith in the workplace. Though they may not know it, their testimony was influential later in my decision to become Catholic. Thus, I endorse this book with full conviction.

I've often thought, "If faith isn't everything, then it's nothing."

There can be no division or compromise when you realize what it means to have faith, and that is what Randy Hain addresses in his book, "integrating faith and work." This book is as useful for young professionals just beginning a career as it is for more mature professionals already navigating a career. It's practical, no-nonsense, cogent information delivered in a way that doesn't dull the beauty and fullness of the Catholic faith. The reader is not left with a sense of guilt for all that he has failed to do, but rather a sense of awakening to the excellence of living a coherent life of faith that makes sense. So, here's my review.

First, if you are like me, you ask yourself in this digital age, "Do I need this book sitting on my bookshelf or not?" I have e-readers but I still reserve shelf space for the more meaningful books that I actually want to put in my hands or pass around to friends.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Polchinski on November 24, 2011
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Have you ever thought about how to make your faith integrated into your everyday life? Perhaps you've made that quest a part of your New Year's (or even Lenten resolution) but still haven't discovered the right guide to help you. Well, look no further! Randy Hain's first published book The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work (Liguori 2011) is a great resource! A must-read for all Catholics!

Several years ago my dear friend, Susan Parkin, suggested that Randy and I should meet knowing that we both had a passion for engaging young adults in their Catholic faith. I remember the first time I met Randy - and feeling a little intimidated. Who could blame me? I thought about Randy's credentials: Managing Partner with Bell Oaks Executive Search, a devoted husband and father with a successful new website, the brains behind the highly acclaimed Atlanta Business Leader's Conference, and a key player in the monthly speaker series at his parish ...just to name a few. At the end of our meeting I left thinking - as most people do when they first meet Randy - "How does he do it all?" The Catholic Briefcase is the blueprint for how Randy is able to do it all, a how-to guide if you will.

While underpinning the theological knowledge of the laity's role in spreading the Gospel involves studying various Church documents, it wasn't until now that I've found a book which puts practical resources into peoples' hands. The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work - already in its second print - is practical, insightful and inspiring.

The Catholic Briefcase is an action-oriented book which provides concrete ways to share one's faith in the workplace.
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I have been intrigued about the onslaught of books over the past decade addressing authenticity ("True North"),character ("Questions of Character"), Leadership ("Living into Leadership"), and meaning in life ("Finishing Well," "With Purpose"). There appears to be a vacuum of wisdom on how to live life. For us Catholics, it is clear that God came as Man in the person of Jesus Christ to provide The Way. A way that does not enslave us, but liberates us to become all God intended for us to be - to live a full life as an integrated or whole person (or "holy" person as author Matthew Kelly smartly says).

A whole person for a Catholic means being fully integrated in accordance with the divine command to be "pure in heart" (Matt 5.8), which implies undividedness in following God's rules. This "holy" person is one who discerns, in all aspects of his or her life, what is right and what is wrong based on God's Truth; acts on what has been discerned, even at personal cost; and says openly that he/she is acting on his/her understanding of right from wrong. This person is undivided and is not unashamed of doing the right thing at all times in all settings.

While this person lurks somewhere inside of each of us, integrity is missing today with many Catholics compartmentalizing their faith, saving it for Sunday, and separating it from their career and workplace - where it is desperately needed. This is where the culture battles are being fought.

In "The Catholic Briefcase," author and successful national search consultant, Randy Hain, gives us his toolkit for Catholics who want to be whole and have come to understand to do so means an undividedness in being Catholic... all the time.
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Randy Hain is a business leader, consultant, executive coach, community servant, author and sought‐after national speaker, fluent in such diverse topics as talent strategy, authenticity, servant leadership, growing relationships, career strategy and the integration of work, life and faith.

As the founder and president of Serviam Partners, he has built a vibrant national network built on authenticity and trust and is well known for consulting with companies and business professionals on targeted business relationship coaching. As a past Partner and longtime shareholder of Bell Oaks Executive Search, Randy had a respected track record of leading successful national searches and building teams in a broad diversity of industries and functional specializations. He is considered a thought leader on authentic business relationships, human capital, career development, and leadership and is a sought-after speaker and panelist.

He has developed a stellar reputation in the Atlanta and national business community for integrity, thought leadership, executive coaching, leadership development, business relationship building, successful execution and innovative talent strategy.

Randy is the award-winning author of six books, all of which are available on Amazon.

He is a board member of Growing Leaders, an international non-profit focused on developing leadership and character in young people and an advisory board member for the Catholic Charities Atlanta Leadership Class. He is also on the board of the Autism Society of Georgia and the Legatus Atlanta Chapter board. He is a co-founder of the Annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference and the Integrated Catholic Life eMagazine. Randy is Adjunct Faculty for the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and a 1989 graduate of the University of Georgia. He has been married for 20 years and has two sons.

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Randy Hain can be contacted for speaking engagements related to the Catholic faith at: http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/integrated-catholic-life-speakers-bureau/randy-hain/

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