An Intentional Life:

Five Foundations of Authenticity and Purpose


This inspirational book approaches the question of how to live most authentically in ways both

pragmatic and deep. An Intentional Life lays out a transformational path traveled by practicing

intention in five foundational areas: Awareness, Reflecting, Choosing, Acting, and Allowing. By

developing these practices in intention, you can create powerful tools for shaping a life of purpose!


Available in trade paperback, ebook, and audiobook formats.


Praise for An Intentional Life:



Lisa Kentgen has written a profoundly practical book. Those who follow the guidance she offers are highly likely to experience untold benefits.


— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

LISA KENTGEN, PH.D. An Intentional Life

Lisa Kentgen provides the reader with ways to make the ideas experience-near, which is

essential for real change. This gem of a book will be an invaluable resource for clients to

complement the work of psychotherapy. It will be a wonderful accompaniment to readers who

have their own meditation practice. It also stands on its own for readers who have never been in

therapy or who are unfamiliar with mindfulness practices. I am a fan of this book!


— Diana Fosha, Ph.D., Director and Founder, The AEDP Institute

Filled with powerful stories and insights, An Intentional Life offers an invaluable framework for

creating a life of authenticity and purpose. Dr. Kentgen is an expert guide, blending wisdom,

warmth, and practical know-how to inspire us to skillfully turn inward and shape lives that

intimately aligns with our values. With the world becoming ever more complex — and confusing — we need this book more than ever.


—Rachel Klein, Ph.D.,

Fascitelli Family Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine