"Hooray for Jack Fortin, who busts open the myth of a 'balanced' life. A
better goal is a 'centered' life, one which is faithful to God, moment to
moment, in everything we do at work, at home, in our communities, and in our congregations. Full of engaging stories and practical suggestions, this
little book can help show us the way."
Kelly Fryer, Author of No Experience Necessary:
Everybody's Welcome and coauthor, with Rolf Jacobson,
of No Experience Necessary: The Bible Study
"With this exposition of 'the centered life,' Jack Fortin contributes a
theologically solid guide for the congregation that takes the ministry of
the laity seriously. He translates the biblical doctrine of vocation into
the language and experience of the lay person without diluting the gospel of
grace or reducing the Christian life to simplistic 'how-to's.' The book is
written in a lively, readable way, enriched by truly relevant illustrations
and the judicious use of an impressive range of resources."
Darrell L. Guder, Ph.D., Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology, Dean of Academic Affairs, Princeton Theological Seminary
"Through richly described stories and theological insight, Jack Fortin
provides for us a compelling and accessible case for a centered life a life not just of being in 'balance,' but a life that begins to see the profound
richness of our faith in the concrete particulars of our work, home,
congregation, and community."
Michael J. Naughton, Executive Director, John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota