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Familylight sm uses this space to call attention to reading that has guided and challenged our thinking and is at the core of our belief system,  Literature described here has in a very real sense been formative for our consultant, Tom Croke.  

1.  Works of the late H. Stephen Glenn.  Steve's basic concepts of a positive approach to emotional health for young people rather than attempting to cure problems after they develop formed the basis for the concepts of  Positive Youth Development, a current movement that gets far too little attention, and which in turn gives Steve far too little credit for Steve's prior promotion of may of the basic concepts of that movement.   On the home page of the Glenn website, you will find what Steve called the "Significant Seven," which are the perceptions and skill of capable people.  His book, Raising Self Reliant Children in a Self Indulgent World, co-authored with his student, Dr. Jane Nelsen, is available for purchase on the Glenn website,.  (The link under the name of the book goes to the page about the book at Amazon.  That is because we have no way to focus a link on the book on Amazon gives book information that does not. 

2.  Works of Dr. Jane Nelsen. Jane was initially a student of H. Stephen Glenn, but she established herself in her own right addressing original topics that Steve did not.  We endorse all of Jane's writings as extremely important; we call special attention to her Positive Discipline series

3.  Works of Michael Gurian -- especially The Wonder of Boys and A Fine Young Man.  Gurian uses his background having lived since childhood in various cultures to find what are the constants and what are the variables among young people maturing.  He emphasizes the gender differences between males and femailes, acknowledging that being male, he is better at describing what happens with males. 

4.  Disease Concept of Alcoholism, by E. M. Jellinek This ia a classic work that is probably the most influential single piece of literature shaping addiction treatment.  Clearly, the the decades of  research and clinical experience over nearly six decades since that book was written have taught us much that at least updates Jellinek and some would argue challenges or refutes some of his claims.   But the current status of addiction treatment makes little sense without understanding Jellinek.  Keep in mind this was the first major contribution from the world of mainstream clinical and research professionals in support of what the people of Alcoholics Anonymous were saying.

5. Family Healing: Tales of Hope and Renewal from Family Therapy by Salvador Minuchin, M.D.   Family Systems therapy and theory are at the core of the thinking behind our work.   This particular book, by one of the true masters of family therapy,  demonstrates its value.  A bibliography of works by Minuchin, Murray Bowen, Nathan Ackerman, and Virginia Satir, to name just a few if the true originators and masters of the concept, would be the place to go to learn more in depth.

6. Motivation and Personality by Abraham Maslow is classic on the topic of human motivation.  This book is where Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs was first introduced.  Like most classics of decades ago, this has been refined, but the principles Maslow introduced in this book guide our thinking.  

7. We do not want to leave out or even de-emphasize the degree of influence of the Christian Bible and the writings of various theologians of many faiths.   We do not want to emphasize one version of the Bible as many have contributed to understanding.  We hesitate to profess our Christian faith not because we are ashamed of it but because the behavior of some of our Christian brothers and sisters has been to use the term "Christian" to judge and defame other.  Tom says, "I believe the most important part of Christian teaching is the importance of showing love for all.  I respect and try to love those who differ with me on matters of faith, as Jesus taught us to do."   In addition to the Bible itself, Tom has been influenced by Dr. Kenneth Bailey, Dr. Marcus Borg, Rabbi Shmuel Klitsner, Author of Wrestling JacobFr. Henri Nouwen, and many others. 

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