Book Discussions

Each semester there is a book discussion group usually based upon a best-selling teaching and learning book or on a topic currently being discussed throughout the higher education community.  Within the first few weeks of the semester, the faculty development coordinator notifies faculty of the book selection by e-mail and at the first meeting, a day, time, and meeting frequency is decided upon by the participants. Participants may join the group at any point in the semester. A limited number of books are provided for check-out. Some participants choose to purchase their own copies.

Appreciative Living: The Principles of Appreciative Inquiry in Personal Life
Author: Jacqueline Bascobert Kelm
ISBN#: 0-9772161-0-1 (Venet Publishers)
 
At the first meeting, the meeting day and time will be decided upon by the group as a whole. The first meeting will be held Thursday, June 12 at noon. Place will be announced. The ISBN number is provided above for those who would like to purchase their own copy, however, the faculty development office has 5 copies of the book to check out on a first come, first serve basis. (E-mail me if you would like to reserve a copy.) Please do not check a book out if you are not participating in the group discussion. (In that case, you are welcomed to check the book out to read after the book discussion has ended.)
 
From the back cover:
 
“What do You Want to Do in Your Life…and how do you create it?
 
Appreciative Living answers this question plus so much more. Part I dives deep into the principles of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to present the latest consistent thinking and research about how we create our lives. Part II presents a simple 3-step process for applying these principles, with practical exercises to help shift our thinking patterns. Appreciative Living teaches us how to:
 
1.    Appreciate what we have in the present.
2.    Get clear about what we want.
3.    Take action to create it.
 
Appreciative Living is not about fixing ourselves or our lives, but in finding what works; where we excel; what we love; what makes us come alive.  It is about taking responsibility for the life we have created, and for the one we desire. Appreciative Living puts us square in the driver’s seat:
 
Get ready for the ride of your life.”
 
About the Author:
 
“I am not only here to be, I am also here to become.
~Goethe
 
As I write this last page, I realize that my life finally makes sense. I look back on my 40+ years of seemingly disparate experiences, and now see how each played a part in the creation of this book. I have found my passion, my calling, and my purpose in this work. I have finally found joy.
 
My undergraduate degree was a BS in mechanical engineering, but I was always fascinated with individual and group dynamics. I received an MBA from Case Western Reserve University with a concentration in organization behavior, where I was introduced to Appreciative Inquiry in a class taught by David Cooperrider.  I was immediately enamored with the idea, and was able to apply it as a manager in a Leadership and Organization Change group for a large consulting firm.
 
I left the professional world in 1999 to be home with my children, and began an earnest quest to use AI in my daily affairs. My life began to transform as I applied the principles, and I knew I was on to something. I experienced happiness and joy beyond anything I believed was possible for me, and became passionate about sharing it with others. My life finally came together along with this book, and my greatest hope I that yours will too.”