Appreciative Inquiry in the Catholic Church [NOOK Book]

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Named The Best Book by a Small Publisher by the Catholic Press Association in May 2004

Susan Star Paddock has written a book about how Appreciative Inquiry is being used in the Catholic Church. As she writes in the book..."As a practicing psychotherapist and organizational consultant, I've used AI with individuals, families, colleges, businesses and non-profits. In 2002, I became deeply concerned about the health of my spiritual home, the ...
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Overview

Named The Best Book by a Small Publisher by the Catholic Press Association in May 2004

Susan Star Paddock has written a book about how Appreciative Inquiry is being used in the Catholic Church. As she writes in the book..."As a practicing psychotherapist and organizational consultant, I've used AI with individuals, families, colleges, businesses and non-profits. In 2002, I became deeply concerned about the health of my spiritual home, the Catholic Church. Widespread media coverage of the sex abuse cases led me to realize that the Church was at a choice point. We could pursue the usual course of finding out 'what's wrong with our church' or we could use the energy created by the crisis for an inquiry into what is right with our church. We could begin to have conversations to share what we think the 'life-giving forces' of the Church might be."
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Editorial Reviews

A Customer
This book is a great little primer on the appreciative inquiry approach to organizational change from the perspective of religious organizations. It's a quick introduction and practical guide for those at all levels of the church and contains a number of case studies, practical suggestions and references to scripture. The back of the book is full of AI interview questions that apply to a variety of contexts, which I have already used as a resource in my work with nonprofit organizations.
L. Hiner
Arguably, the brief treatise on the alignment of AI with Catholic principles and practices could well apply to most religions whose members espouse the innate dignity of humanity; but, as a Catholic who also sits on a parish pastoral council, I appreciate that the direct connection between AI and the church will likely contribute to shaping our council's outlook and process in a positive way. The remaining exemplary stories of AI in the church offer evidence of the correlation, and suggest ways
Stephen Hayes
What this short book does best is provide examples of how AI has been applied in religious and educational organizations to good effect. You are provided with a short summary of each project, the questions used (key to use of AI) and the results.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012339386
  • Publisher: Thin Book Publishing Co
  • Publication date: 3/22/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Susan's years of experience as a psychotherapist to individuals, couples, and families led easily into work with the larger "families" of organizations. Since learning Appreciative Inquiry, Susan has used it to help colleges, business, non-profits, professional associations and faith communities discover the power of quality relationships. A quietly charismatic individual with a cheerful personality, Susan inspires confidence, trust, and the courage to change in those who consult with her.

After many years of seeking, Susan happily converted to Catholicism. Her first book, Mystic in the Marketplace: Turning Work Into Worship (www.authorhouse.com) compares the spiritual development of individuals with the spiritual development of organizations.

Susan earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Missouri and her Master of Social Work at Temple University School of Social Administration in 1975. She lives on a farm in Gettysburg, PA and can be contacted through www.susanstarpaddock.com.
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