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Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work Paperback – November 23, 2011
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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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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. Randy begins by listing five ideas to help with this integration. The action items don't merely illustrate faith in the workplace, but in every facet of life. These ideas include how to incorporate time to think and reflect, ways to grow in charity, aspects of discipleship that include stewardship beyond monetary giving, and tips on spending more time with family. Interwoven throughout the book these practical applications encompass a theme which focuses on the foundation of integrating faith and work which is prayer.
Randy doesn't just talk the talk, but he walks the walk! Case-in-point: during my first meeting with Randy, his 1pm appointment reminder popped up on his Blackberry and read "Find God in All Things". He went on to explain how the Jesuit Daily Examen is a method of prayer reflection on the events of the day to help us identify God's movement in our lives and discern his path for us. It's also one of the 'small steps' that Randy mentions in his book to help us find quiet reflection time. The practical aspect of this prayer tool is that you can 'put it on your calendar' scheduling these five minute blocks of prayer around travel, meals, and bedtimes. Thanks to Randy, I, and other professionals, have made the Jesuit Examen part of our own everyday prayer life.
In addition to the thoughtful ideas that Randy shares regarding the integration of faith and work, he also provides keen insights of several prominent Catholic business leaders and how their faith shapes their work lives. I found these insights inspiring, not only for the examples shared, but also because I've seen many of these business leaders live out their lives as authentic witnesses. They are active members of the Atlanta Business community and have poured out their time and energy to share their faith with others.
In my humble opinion, The Catholic Briefcase is the Best Catholic Book of 2011-2012, not just because it is practical, insightful, and inspiring, but because Randy's words are echoed through his everyday witness. Apparently About.com is in agreement with me, the site has selected The Catholic Briefcase as one of their top 5 finalist for the About.com Catholicism Reader's Choice Awards for Book of the for 2011. Buy the book today and find out why! Then go and cast your vote on About.com - voting is open until March 22nd: About.com Catholicism Reader's Choice Awards.
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.
Randy Hain effectively points out how just by asking ourselves how we can become better husbands, wives, and workers leads to surrendering our ideas to the ideal God has for us. Throughout the book are suggestions of ways to incorporate deeper and more regular prayer. Randy also advocates periodic retreats to help better hone God's will for our personal and professional life.
Hain's track record of walking the talk by integrating faith and work gives him credibility, making anyone who reads the book consider his suggestions. I was personally challenged by Randy's advocation of networking with other Catholic professionals. He gently introduced the idea of helping to build the kingdom through simple outreach to connect.
"The Catholic Briefcase" is a real Catholic briefcase full of tools any Catholic interested in growing could begin to incorporate in his or her life.
Christina M. Weber, MS
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist