Appreciative Inquiry in the Catholic Church


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by Susan Star Paddock. Thin Book Publishing, 2003.

An excellent resource for Catholic parishes and organizations interested in learning about and using Appreciative Inquiry. Written from a Catholic perspective, the book offers stories from Catholic Relief Services, the Diocese of Cleveland, and other Catholic agencies and schools who successfully used Appreciative Inquiry for pastoral planning, building relationships, transitions, and spiritual renewal, etc. The author, a psychotherapist who has worked directly with individuals and organizations to build strong and enduring relationships, offers comparisons between Appreciative Inquiry and Catholic Theology, notably Catholic Social Teaching, encyclicals and biblical references. Additionally, she offers an array of resources at the end of the book that includes a “question index”, additional books, websites and consultants. Available only as an e-book.

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