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This book is remarkable ... Rarely have I underscored so many points in a book I am reading. Days after reading her book, I have already begun using the points in my work. Ms. Kelm shows you how to live the appreciative life. Madelyn Blair, President, Pelerei Inc.
Comprehensive, practical, simple yet profound. These are some of the words that come to mind when I think about Jackie's beautifully-written book. It presents a rich and joyful way of applying Appreciative Inquiry and its principles as a personal philosophy and practical approach to personal life. Furthermore, after several interactions with Jackie, I am left with the same experience--of gratitude, joy, and knowing that it is being reflected both in the book and in the author. Thank you! Simon Goland, Simon Says Consulting www.SimonGoland.com
I’m Jackie Kelm, author of Appreciative Living, and I want to tell you a little about this book.
It’s the first one I wrote, and is near and dear to my heart. I think of it as an encyclopedia for living. It dives deep into the principles of Appreciative Inquiry, supported with theories from Positive Psychology and the New Sciences. It includes 5 new principles suggested by AI practioners, and also introduces and explains the 3-step AIA process in a very throough way.
People often ask what the difference is between this book and my second one, The Joy of Appreciative Living. I tell them that this book is foundational, and has many more principles and constructs that the second one. It is a “heavier” read in the sense that it contains more theory and research.
It’s one of those books you will refer back to again and again (I do, even after having written it!) and it has been used in workshops, graduate and professional courses, and book study groups. I designed it to be almost like a reference book, where you can quickly find whatever you need. Let me explain by starting at the end…
The last chapter is a bullet-point summary of all the ideas. This is one of my favorite chapters. There are so many concepts in the book I find it really helpful to have them all summarized in one place. The end of each chapter also has a summary, and that is another way to skim thru the material.
The second-last chapter has transformational exercises, and most can be done in 5-10 minutes or less. I tell people all the time, you do not need to read or understand a single word in the book. If you just do 3-4 exercises each week, your life will transform. You don’t need to understand the concepts for this stuff to work. It’s not what you know that counts, it’s what you do.
And now let me jump to the beginning of the book. Part 1 contains theory and research from many disciplines, some of which I mentioned above. If you are the kind of person who likes to understand things, you will eat this section up. If you are a student of Appreciative inquiry, you will feel like you finally understand what it’s all about. It is full of intriguing ideas and concepts that will take you really deep into how we create our life experience, and how the whole thing works.
Part 2 was born after I was blown away with new ideas and thinking from writing Part 1. As it all swirled around in my head, I realized I needed to simplify it down. I sat back and considered all the concepts taken together, and created the AIA 3-step model. This model contains the essential steps for applying the principles in any situation. I use it extensively in working with others and in workshops, and mention it briefly in my second book.
Finally, the book is loaded with inspiring quotes. I love great quotes, and one person told me the book was worth it for just the quotes alone. I’ll let you be the judge of that…
So, that’s basically what’s in the book, and why it is priced a bit more than the average self-help book. My greatest hope is that the book will act as a catalyst for you to discover the strength and wisdom within to create a life beyond your wildest dreams. I know it has for me…
“I really enjoyed your book and I’m getting great value from it both personally and in my work with senior executives. I like the way you develop each principle at length and the section on the exercises to apply the principles in daily life…Your book has opened new perspectives for me. Thanks again.”
Bob Waterloo, Vistage International & Teamwork Consulting
“This book is truly unique and refreshing. It is very easy to read and provides in-depth practical details on how to improve life and relationships. Very quickly, I found myself applying the points of the book at work and at home. I highly recommend it!”
Julie Jiang, Financial Consultant, Moodys Investor Services
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