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The Rev. Allison St. Louis, Ph.D., Director of Field Education and the Second Three Years Program, recommends the following books as part of the Bishop Payne Library’s monthly series highlighting a faculty member’s “picks”:
Margaret J. Marcuson. Leaders Who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry. New York, NY: Seabury Books, 2009.
This lighthearted and accessible book offers practical wisdom for sustainable, effective leadership. For instance, Marcuson challenges leaders to refrain from the ultimately futile exercise of trying to fix or change others. Instead, she maintains, efficacious leaders learn how to focus their energies on managing their anxiety and on developing their internal leadership resources.
Cynthia Bourgeault. Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God. Lanham, MD: The Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc., 2001.
This insightful and thought-provoking book challenges us to discern, deepen and live from a place of hope – hope that is not bound to wished-for outcomes, but to the mercy of a compassionate God. To that end, Bourgeault invites her readers to experience how prayer, particularly centering prayer, can strengthen us to be bearers of that hope in our hope-hungry world.
Ruby K. Payne. A Framework for Understanding Poverty: A Cognitive Approach (5th ed.). Highlands, TX: aha! Process, Inc., 2013.
This sobering yet hopeful book provides key insights into how poverty shapes a person’s perspective and priorities. With the aid of updated statistics, Payne increases the reader’s awareness of facts concerning poverty, and with the aid of incisive questionnaires, she offers practical resources for those who minister to persons living in poverty.
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Just a reminder that Alums retain borrowing privileges with the Bishop Payne Library and can request these as well others in the catalog be sent at no cost. Alums do pay the shipping costs for the books’ return.