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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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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 (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #842,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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It must have been divine providence for this book to enter my life! I have been looking for insights to assist in me in how to re-think an approach of ensuring my Catholic faith principles are not compromised in my everyday actions, especially in my professional life.

I immediately established credibility with Hain's perspective as a busy professional and a recent Catholic convert himself.

What most resonated with me in this book is the idea that we are called for a 'vocation'. We are not called to be a 'specfic task' or 'job title'. Instead - identify the vocation and then the task that best serves that vocation.

I do enjoy my work, but I now have a greater understanding that I'm not called to 'just to do my work'. I am called to live my vocation in my work.

But how to apply this new revelation? Hain also provides wonderful examples of how to execute these ideas into everyday life - to help identify what you are called to be and how to live out this more authentic version of self.
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The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work by Randy Hain is a wonderful treasure chest of tips and practical suggestions for Catholic professionals, which enables them to bring the power of their faith into all aspects of their daily life. Author Randy Hain, the partner in an executive recruiting firm and co-founder of the site An Integrated Catholic Life, shares the secrets of living a balanced life and serves as a spiritual mentor, guiding us along the path to live holier lives by applying Catholic principles in the office.

In The Catholic Briefcase, Hain shares his own conversion story, inspiring personal anecdotes, and the uplifting faith stories of business colleagues. He also interviews faithful and successful Catholic professionals who live out their faith in their lives to give us expert advice. When reading The Catholic Briefcase, you can not only expect to read about the faith journeys of other Catholics, but expect to reflect on and re-live your own faith journey. There are reflection and discussion questions at the end of each chapter to help you to examine your own faith life. Wherever you are at in your faith journey, you will find some good, solid advice on how to improve your relationship with God and how to integrate your Catholic faith into all aspects of your life.

Hain writes in a personal voice - that of a Catholic friend and mentor - who opens up the door to a deeper understanding of our Catholic faith. Providing practical, sound advice while countering common objections, Hain makes it easy to understand why we need to live a more balanced life and explains precisely how to do so in simple steps through his very down-to-earth, commonsense approach. His writing style is direct and business-like, yet interesting and inspiring.
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