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Woman Overboard

Woman Overboard

How Passion Saved My Life  

by Jo Kadlecek
Discipleship Women

Do you long for more passion in your life? How do you define passion?

Many people associate passion with intense romance, adventure, creativity, vocation, or calling. If you ask a pastor or priest to define passion, he or she would likely link the word to the passion of Christ, to the events of Holy Week.

The definition of passion has evolved over the years. Originally the word came from the Latin passio, which means "to suffer."

Woman Overboard invites you to join an adventure of discovering

  • how to find out what you were born for
  • how to live out your particular calling in the context of your Christian faith
  • how to make sense of a broken world in light of the passion of Christ

The passionate life isn't easy, Kadlecek says. Suffering can come when we pursue our passions. We have to take risks; we must jump overboard. We need to recognize that jumping overboard could be hard, scary, and dangerous. But consider how dangerous it would be to just stay where you are.

When we anchor our identity in the passion of Christ, we are free to jump overboard. We are free to take the risks we've always wanted to take, to pursue the things we've always wanted to pursue.

So what are you waiting for? Dive into the journey of waking up to the passion and gifts around you!

Jo Kadlecek is a former waitress, soccer player and English teacher who has long been hooked on stories. Though she grew up in Denver, Jo has discovered stories everywhere she has been, whether living in Mississippi, biking through Ireland, or sitting on a subway in New York City where she and Chris lived for seven years before moving to the North Shore of Boston to teach and write at Gordon College.


"Some people have the courage to examine their lives closely for the truth that is within them. Some people have the gifts to write so that others can more clearly see the truth in their own lives. Jo Kadlecek is one of those rare people who is willing and able to do both."
Robert Benson
Author, *The Echo Within**

"Jo Kadlecek writes about life's simple and poignant moments with humor, fleetness, and guts. She offers a lifeline for anyone whom life, in its heartache and struggles, has thrown overboard."
Wendy Murray
Author, *A Mended and Broken Heart: The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi**

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