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Library’s next free book study promotes joy in life


Beginning March 11, the Frank Carlson Library will offer a free four-week book study that could begin a lifetime journey toward joy.

The program is four consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., focusing on the principles of “Appreciative Living.” Using author Jackie Kelm’s uplifting books, participants will learn a practical and easy-to-understand approach to focusing on what’s good in your life and getting clear about what you want in your future.

Appreciative Living suggests people can create real joy in their lives by focusing on, asking questions about and creating mental pictures of what’s right, what’s working and what they want most.

The first Wednesday session will provide an overview and introduction to Kelm’s principles, while each following week will focus on her three basic steps: Appreciating what is, imagining the ideal and acting in alignment.

The book study is sponsored by the Concordia Year of Peace Committee and the Frankl Carlson Library.

Although there is no charge for the program, participants will need to purchase one of two books: Either “The Joy of Appreciative Living” or “Appreciative Living: The Principles of Appreciative Inquiry in Personal Life.” Both are by Jackie Kelm and are available at and other booksellers.

Each participant will also receive a copy of the “Appreciative Living Learning Circle Guide.”

Registration is required, by contacting Denise deRochfort-Reynold at the library, 243-2250, or Sister Janet Lander at 24304428 or


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