Augsburg Fortress

The Centered Life: Awakened Called Set Free Nurtured

The Centered Life: Awakened Called Set Free Nurtured

Is there an alternative to a fragmented, frantic, meaningless life? Jack Fortin finds it in a life centered in God. Spiritual exercises, questions for reflection, and discussion in every chapter make this a timely and valuable resource for individuals and congregational study groups.

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  • Publisher Augsburg Fortress
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780806652870
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 112
  • Publication Date December 16, 2005


"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