Jungreis, a pioneer in the field of Jewish outreach, shows us that it is possible to be Orthodox and capable or relating to ordinary folks. She is very sure of herself and her values, but never preachy. But what really "makes" this book are the anecdotes--story after story, sensitively and non-judgementally told, about those whose lives Jungreis has touched and the lessons that they--and she--have learned. Jungreis is an Orthodox Jewish woman from a very distinguished rabbinic family, but her words and her work speak to all sensitive souls and her concern extends to everyone. All the warmth of the Orthodox world with none of the clannishness. All the specific references are translated, not just linguistically, but culturally. Jungreis never excludes. A Jewish book you can give not only to religiously committed Jews of all varieties, but to assimilated ones. Non-Jews will find Jungreis's values speak to them as well. I would recommend The Committed Life to potential converts to Judaism, but then, I'd recommend it to sensitive, searching souls of all stripes; to anyone seeking the beauty, dignity, and warmth of the committed life.