Discovering the Other: Asset Based Approaches for Building Community Together

by Cameron Harder. Rowman & Littlefield, 2013.
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Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” -and that’s what this book provides congregational leaders. Through integrating the tools of Appreciative Inquiry and Asset Mapping, author Cam Harder provides two new pair of eyes for leaders to see the sacred in their midst. Appreciative Inquiry looks at what’s going well and Asset Mapping looks at what resources are available. Together these perspectives and processes help congregations come alive to their unclaimed assets and rich potential. Harder is a professor at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, SK and founder of CiRCLe M, a non-profit that supports churches in community engagement. In Discovering the Other, he provides inspiration for small churches, as well as large; clergy as well as laity. This book includes real-life examples along with instructions on how to employ these tools in building community together.

Reviewed by Beth Booram



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