Self Exploration

Wishful Thinking: A Seeker's ABC
Buechner F. Wishful Thinking: A Seeker's ABC. HarperOne; 1993.Abstract

In Wishful Thinking, the first book in his much-loved lexical trilogy, Frederick Buechner puts the language of God, the universe, and the human spirit under his wry linguistic microscope. In his often ironic and always keen-sighted reflections on such terms as agnostic, envy, love, and sin, he invited us to look at theses everyday words in new and enlightening ways. Freshly revised and expanded for this edition, Wishful Thinking is a "beguiling" [Time] adventure in language for the restless believer, the doubter, and all who love words.

The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation
Clydesdale T. The Purposeful Graduate: Why Colleges Must Talk to Students about Vocation. University of Chicago Press; 2015.Abstract

We all know that higher education has changed dramatically over the past two decades. Historically a time of exploration and self-discovery, the college years have been narrowed toward an increasingly singular goal—career training—and college students these days forgo the big questions about who they are and how they can change the world and instead focus single-mindedly on their economic survival. In The Purposeful Graduate, Tim Clydesdale elucidates just what a tremendous loss this is, for our youth, our universities, and our future as a society. At the same time, he shows that it doesn’t have to be this way: higher education can retain its higher cultural role, and students with a true sense of purpose—of personal, cultural, and intellectual value that cannot be measured by a wage—can be streaming out of every one of its institutions ... The key, he argues, is simple: direct, systematic, and creative programs that engage undergraduates on the question of purpose. Backing up his argument with rich data from a Lilly Endowment grant that funded such programs on eighty-eight different campuses, he shows that thoughtful engagement of the notion of vocational calling by students, faculty, and staff can bring rich rewards for all those involved: greater intellectual development, more robust community involvement, and a more proactive approach to lifelong goals. Nearly every institution he examines—from internationally acclaimed research universities to small liberal arts colleges—is a success story, each designing and implementing its own program, that provides students with deep resources that help them to launch flourishing lives.

The Alchemist
Coehlo P. The Alchemist. HaperOne; 2014.Abstract

Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.  The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams.

Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide
Daniels, David and Price V. Essential Enneagram: The Definitive Personality Test and Self-Discovery Guide. HarperOne; 2009.Abstract

The most fundamental guide to the Enneagram ever offered, this book features effective self-tests to determine simply and accurately what your personality type is. Daniels and Price provide step-by-step instructions for taking inventory of how you think, what you feel, and what you experience. They then guide you in your discovery of what your type means for your personal well-being and your relationships with others, and they show you how to maximize your inherent strengths. Brimming with empowering information for each of the nine personality types—Perfectionist, Giver, Performer, Romantic, Observer, Loyal Skeptic, Epicure, Protector, and Mediator—this one-of-a-kind book equips you with all the tools you need to dramatically enhance your quality of life.

Caminemos con Jesus: Toward a Hispanic/Latino Theology of Accompaniment
Goizueta RS. Caminemos con Jesus: Toward a Hispanic/Latino Theology of Accompaniment. Orbis Books; 1995.Abstract

While the growth in both numbers and influence of Hispanics in North American Catholicism and Protestantism has been commented on widely, up until now there has been no systematic attempt to define a Hispanic theology...In delineating the very particular nature and worldview of Hispanic/Latino theology, Caminemos con Jesus challenges both traditional Euro-American theologies and modern Western epistemological assumptions. It examines the implications of this theological method for the Church and the academy, as well as for the future of the Latino community and North American society...

Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm
Hallie P. Tales of Good and Evil, Help and Harm. Harper Perennial; 1998.Abstract

Tales of Good and Evil focuses on what Hallie calls the "lucid mystery" of those who choose to help others in need, through the life stories of three people...In this study in moral ambiguity, written with great eloquence, we see a distinguished ethicist's concern with grasping the essence of good and evil both in daily life and under extraordinary circumstances.


The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter -- And How to Make the Most of Them Now
Jay M. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter -- And How to Make the Most of Them Now. Twelve; 2013.Abstract

Drawing from a decade of work with hundreds of twentysomething clients and students, THE DEFINING DECADE weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with behind-closed-doors stories from twentysomethings themselves. The result is a provocative read that provides the tools necessary to make the most of your twenties, and shows us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity, and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood-if we use the time wisely.

Leadership for a Better World: Understanding the Social Change Model of Leadership Development
Komives S. Leadership for a Better World: Understanding the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. Jossey-Bass; 2009.Abstract

The Social Change Model of Leadership Development particularly appeals to undergraduate students because it's an approach to leadership development that views leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that uses multiple perspectives to enact positive social change. This accessible textbook engages the reader in understanding the nature of social change and the dimensions of leadership that help one become an effective change agent. It includes case studies, reflection questions, and learning activities to help facilitate engagement with the model. Written and edited by some of the country's most recognized and active scholars and educators in student leadership, the book has been field-tested by leadership faculty.

Strengths Finder 2.0
Rath T. Strengths Finder 2.0. Gallup; 2007.Abstract

Book version of the Gallup Strengths Finder test, plus activities and strategies for finding ways to maximize your talents while doing what you love. 

Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
Schulte B. Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. Crichton Books; 2014.Abstract

According to the Leisure Studies Department at the University of Iowa, true leisure is “that place in which we realize our humanity.” If that’s true, argues Brigid Schulte, then we're doing dangerously little realizing of our humanity. In Overwhelmed, Schulte, a staff writer for The Washington Post, asks: Are our brains, our partners, our culture, and our bosses making it impossible for us to experience anything but “contaminated time”? Schulte first asked this question in a 2010 feature for The Washington Post Magazine: “How did researchers compile this statistic that said we were rolling in leisure—over four hours a day? Did any of us feel that we actually had downtime? Was there anything useful in their research—anything we could do?” Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together.

Leading Lives that Matter: What We Should Do, and Who We Should Be
Schwen, Mark and Bass D. Leading Lives that Matter: What We Should Do, and Who We Should Be. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.; 2006.Abstract

From the book jacket: Leading Lives That Matter draws together a wide range of texts -- including fiction, autobiography, and philosophy -- offering challenge and insight to those who are thinking about what to do with their lives. Instead of giving prescriptive advice, Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass approach the subject of vocation as an ongoing conversation.