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Books by Facilitators

We are pleased to share the titles of books authored by our Courage & Renewal facilitators, listed here alphabetically by title. Links will take you to for purchasing, or directly to the author or publisher. Also see our Facilitator Directory to find a facilitator in your area.


The Art And Spirit Of Leadershipjudy-brown_spirit_of_leadership
Judy Brown. Trafford Publishing, January 10, 2012. 328 pages. Also available from the publisher.

If you believe that deepening self-awareness and fostering creativity within ourselves and others are important ways we can grow as leaders, then you will find The Art and Spirit of Leadership a welcome companion on your journey.


Becoming a Leader is Becoming Yourselfruss-moxley-becoming-a-leader
Russ Moxley. McFarland, June 25, 2015. 192 pages.

People yearn for leaders who are authentic, who show their own face and not a game face, who find and use their voice in appropriate ways and act with a tangible sense of integrity. Those who engage in the process of leadership—each of us, at some point—want to do so as our true self. But staying true to one’s self is not easy. We are continually moving in and out of authenticity. We are present one moment and absent the next. We often say “yes” when we want to say “no.” We act from our core values some of the time, but give them a wink when the heat is on. There is no formula for being integral and authentic. Becoming and being ourselves requires confidence and courage. Drawing on the author’s 40 years in leadership training, this book discusses the things we can do along the way—recognizing our strengths and limitations, speaking truth to power, trusting our companions—as we strive to fulfill our leadership potential.


Coming to Light: Cultivating Spiritual Discernment through the Quaker Clearness Committee
Valerie Brown, Pendle Hill Pamphlet #446, 2017.

Coming to Light explores the practice and process of the clearness committee, a means of spiritual discernment used by Quakers that has also proved helpful to many others. The author shares her personal experience of clearness committees, first as a member of the Religious Society of Friends and then as a retreat leader for the Center for Courage & Renewal, which uses the clearness committee as the center of its practice. The pamphlet includes a sample format of a clearness committee and material that may be used as handouts.


Culturally Responsive Teaching and Reflection in Higher Education: Promising Practices From the Cultural Literacy Curriculum Institute
Edited by Sharlene Voogd Cochrane, Meenakshi Chhabra, Marjorie A. Jones, Deborah Spragg. Routledge, February 2017. 126 pages.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and Reflection in Higher Education explores how postsecondary educators can develop their own cultural awareness and provide inclusive learning environments for all students. Discussing best practices from the Cultural Literacy Curriculum Institute at Lesley University, faculty and administrators who are committed to culturally responsive teaching reflect on how to create an inclusive environment and how educators can cultivate the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for implementing culturally responsive curriculum and pedagogy.  Rather than a list of “right answers,” essays in this important resource integrate discussion and individual reflection to support educators to enhance skills for responding effectively to racial, cultural, and social difference in their personal and professional contexts. This book is as an excellent starting point or further enrichment resource to accompany program or institutional diversity and inclusion efforts.


sherry-watt-designing-transformative-multicultural-initiativesDesigning Transformative Multicultural Initiatives: Theoretical Foundations, Practical Applications, and Facilitator Considerations
Sherry K. Watt. Stylus, June 2015. 270 pages.

This book argues that colleges and universities need both to centralize the value of diversity and inclusion and employ a set of strategies that are enacted at all levels of their institutions. It argues that individual and institutional change efforts can only be achieved by implementing “diversity as a value” – that is embracing social change efforts as central and additive rather than episodic and required – and provides the research and theoretical frameworks to support this approach, as well as tools and examples of practice that accomplish change. The contributors to this book identify the elements that drive successful multicultural initiatives and that strengthen the effectiveness of campus efforts to dismantle systemic oppression, as well as the individual and organization skills needed to manage difference effectively. Among these is developing the capacity of administrators, faculty and student affairs professionals as conscious scholar practitioners to sensitively manage conflicts on campus, deconstruct challenging structures and reconstruct the environment intentionally to include in respectful ways experiences of historically marginalized groups and non-dominant ways of being in the world.


judy-brown-flourishing-enterpriseFlourishing Enterprise: The New Spirit of Business
Judy Brown, Stanford Business Books, August 2014. 240 pages.

The notion of responsible business has infiltrated our markets, and “going green” is now a part of our mindset. But, sustainability as we know it is not enough. Flourishing—the aspiration that humans and life in general will thrive on the planet forever—should be a key goal for every business today. This is a bold concept, like sustainability was a decade ago. Just as sustainability has become a matter of course, so too will flourishing become a cornerstone of business tomorrow. How are companies to attain this big-picture goal? Drawing together decades of research along with in-depth interviews, Flourishing Enterprise argues that many strategic, organizational, and operational efforts to be sustainable reach the potential of flourishing when they incorporate one additional ingredient: reflective practices. Offering more than a dozen such practices, this book leads readers down a path to greater business success, personal well-being, and a healthier planet.


david-hagstrom_outrageous-inspiredFrom Outrageous to Inspired: How to Build a Community of Leaders in Our Schools (Jossey-Bass Education)
David Hagstrom. Jossey-Bass, April 12, 2004. 208 pages.

From Outrageous to Inspired shows how all the people associated with any school—teachers, principal, parents, children, neighbors, and other community members—can take up leadership together to create a vibrant learning community. David Hagstrom promotes new ways of thinking about parental participation, neighborhood involvement, and teacher leadership in schools. In From Outrageous to Inspired he offers a guidebook for school leaders who are engaged in a journey of school improvement and community building. The book is filled with stories and reflections from Hagstrom’s transformative experience as the principal of Denali Elementary School in Fairbanks, Alaska. As principal of the school he asked the question “What do you want for your children, here at Denali?” These extraordinary stories offer a framework for creatively bringing about change from within an organization and for dealing with the larger issues of school change and reform.


valerie-brown-Heartfulness-pamphlet-421Heartfulness: Renewing Heart, Mind, and Spirit on Retreat and Beyond
Valerie Brown. Pendle Hill Pamphlet #421.

Valerie Brown guides readers toward renewal of mind, heart, and spirit by encouraging them to take time away from the busyness of their lives through retreat. Drawing on her experience as a retreatant and retreat leader, she introduces readers to opportunities for personal restoration within a variety of focused retreats. She wonders how Friends experience of expectant waiting influences the retreat process and how retreats influence expectant waiting. She encourages the “big questions”—What has meaning and purpose in my life? What am I avoiding? What brings me most alive?—and offers specific practices for retreatants to cultivate in everyday life.


Erin-Lane_Lessons-in-Belonging-from-a-Church-going-commitment-phobeLessons in Belonging from a Church-Going Commitment Phobe
Erin Lane. IVP Books, January 2015. 208 pages.

There was a time when being a part of a church was not a decision you made but a reality you inhabited. But today belonging to the church has become a lost art, especially for millennials whose church experience is often summed up in one word: none. Erin Lane’s church experience might be better described in two words: “It’s complicated.” Having grown up in a church, she has an appreciation for liturgy and covenant community. Having graduated from divinity school and taken a job in spiritual formation, she appreciates the structured, shared pursuit of theological and spiritual integrity. Having married a pastor, she sort of had church coming. Yet she wasn’t always sure how to belong. With earnest persistence, Erin practiced the hard (and often surprising) lessons of community. Her story is an invitation to reclaim God’s promise of inclusion and live like we belong to one another.


Let the Beauty We Love Be What We Do: Stories of Living Divided No Moresallyhare_book_2014
Sally Z. Hare and Megan LeBoutillier. Prose Press, April 2014.

An extraordinary glimpse inside the human journey to live with integrity, with wholeness by 21 diverse people who share their stories with stunning honesty and openness… In his contribution to the book, Parker J. Palmer writes: From the moment I began writing fifty years ago, I’ve known that my ideas wouldn’t matter much if they simply sat there, inert, on the printed page. So I am deeply grateful for people who “put wheels” on those ideas-people who find ways to take their inner work into the outer world and show up on the job and in other parts of their lives with their identity and integrity movement to fulfill the human possibility, a movement that’s forever calling us to embody what it means to be truly human intact.


LISTENING PAYS: Achieve Significance through the Power of Listeningrick-bommelje_listening_pays
Rick Bommelje. Leadership & Listening Institute, 2013.
Can also be purchased from the author’s website.

Sales Director Stu Preston has just six months to improve his performance or find another job. Despite his boss’s comment that he is not listening enough, Stu has no idea how to change his performance until he finds an unlikely sage. He learns how to listen better at work and in life, and realizes just how important listening can be; it’s the cornerstone of all human behavior. In this true-to-life story, LISTENING PAYS offers a practical and powerful system that can be the path to becoming a great listener. It is filled with solid, proven and relevant content LISTENING PAYS provides a pathway to INCREASE: Sales, Relationships, Trust, Profits, Credibility, Innovation, Self-leadership, Conflict solutions, Collaboration, Teamwork, Learning, Respect, Productivity, and much, much more. LISTENING PAYS applies to everyone in any organization. From the Foreword written by Marshall Goldsmith, best selling author and world’s most influential leadership thinker, “LISTENING PAYS. Its title could not more aptly describe the lesson taught in this leadership fable by Rick Bommelje.


PHp_Brown-cover407Living from the Center: Mindfulness Meditation and Centering for Friends
Valerie Brown. Pendle Hill Pamphlet #407. 2014.

Quakers are advised to begin worship by “centering down.” This is the first step in a Friend’s intention to wait in “holy expectancy,” to be drawn by the Light into communion with God. Centering prayer is also a practice used by Christian mystics to prepare for contemplation, and “centering” describes the meditation of a Buddhist in pursuit of that deep awareness called “mindfulness.” Valerie Brown is an explorer and teacher of centering practices, a Buddhist, and an active Friend. Drawing upon her own experiences and wide studies, she describes for Friends how these various traditions can offer us a better understanding and preparedness for our precious, elusive, mysterious, and simple practice of centering into worship. Discussion questions included.


valerie-brown-mindful-school-leaderThe Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School
Valerie Brown and Kirsten Olson. Corwin, December 2014. 344 pages.

For educational leaders who feel overwhelmed, stressed, and underappreciated, this book offers explicit practices to help readers avoid burnout and become the mindful, poised, effective leaders they were meant to be. The book also offers real-time encouragement with portraits of educational leaders who are incorporating mindfulness practices, like attentive breathing, mindful walking about the school building, or calming pauses in the office throughout the school day into their leadership portfolios and everyday lives. Chapters present a brief overview of school culture and climate, research that describes the effectiveness of mindfulness practices, and helpful tips for incorporating mindfulness in daily life.


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lori ann, Prose Press, April 28, 2017),198 pages.

Viewing the trauma of unexpected loss and betrayal from intimate and societal perspectives through words and photographs, this inspirational collection of poetry, pondering and imagery, “moving through life,” guides readers along a path of emotions, from raw realities of brokenness to reawakening and hoping for a life that holds something better for self and others—a life of honest reflection and relationship. This book is one that readers will return to as they move through their own lives seeking answers to heartfelt questions we all hold.


Reclaiming Our Teaching Professioned-tobia_reclaiming-teaching-profession
Shirley M. Hord and Edward F. Tobia. Foreword by Karen Seashore Louis. Teachers College Press, Columbia University. 2012.

Drawing from a wealth of research and experience, this book shows educators how to use the transformative power of professional learning in community to raise the professional stature of educators. The authors, experts in their field, provide clear steps and real-school examples with a focus on collaborative adult learning for student gains, community respect, professional satisfaction, and collegial support. This resource will help educators move from a climate of sanctions to one of mutual trust and support informed by a commitment to students and a dedication to working and learning together.


The Retreatcarol-kortsch_the-retreat-novel
Carol Kortsch, Prose Press, October 2012.
Can also be purchased from the author’s website.

He was stuck in rush-hour traffic and mused if there was a better way to live. She welcomed the idea of going off the grid, unplugging her cell phone for a weekend, and planting herself in the heart of a garden sanctuary. They all wondered what might happen if they tuned into listening to their lives speak, in that in-between space of the Terra Center where deep mystery constantly whispers. If you too are curious, join the enlivening experience of Thena, Sam, Mei, and the other weekend participants in “The Retreat.”


The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel
Valerie Brown. QuakerBridge Media, 2012, 178 pages. Also available from QuakerBooks.

Not your average travel guidebook, this book explores some of the world’s great pilgrimages, destinations, and the author’s reflections on the lessons she learned from them.  Read this book to discover how travel can be transformational, how to be more mindful while traveling and every day, the adventures of traveling alone, the delights of encountering new people and places, ancient pilgrimage journeys and sacred travel worldwide.


Simple Giftsjudy-brown_simple-gifts
Judy Sorum Brown, Trafford Publishing, 2012, 448 pages. Also available from the publisher.

This collection of poetry is a sharing of simple gifts. Almost twenty years ago, when the first of my poems popped up on a journal page—that odd shift from prose to poetry—I thought it an aberration. But in the years since, poems jotted on journal pages, grocery slips, post-its, and Amtrak napkins, have come to serve as a presence, a guide, a way for me to pay attention to life. And the poems have become increasingly a part of my work in the world. So I share these personal poems, these reflections, with you in hopes that you might find support, comfort, insight and connection in their words, recognizing the way our human joys and struggles link us across time and distance. (And perhaps you might find the poet’s voice within yourself, as well) Some readers may recognize a poem here and there from collections published informally over the years and circulated among friends and colleagues. And you may see a familiar poem from an anthology or an earlier books of mine. This collection of “simple gifts” is meant to reflects the natural ups and downs of life, the joys and sorrows, the power of people, place and nature. It is also a testimony to the dedicated efforts of my husband David, without whose appreciation, stewardship, project management and determination, this collection would have remained simply a pile of loose poems on the office shelf. Judy Brown West River, Maryland 2011


marcia-eames-sheavly-so-much-beautySo Much Beauty
Marcia Eames-Sheavly. Prose Press (August 2015) 60 pages.

This fine collection by Marcia Eames-Sheavly brings into sharp focus what it means to be a daughter to a dying mother. This is surely a landscape of loss as Eames-Sheavly travels the back roads of Central New York to be with her mother through assisted living and then hospice care. Plants and birds and a deep well of faith reassure Eames-Sheavly and her mother on her mother’s final journey. These poems touch on how we choose to make sense of the time we have left with a loved one. Eames-Sheavly gives us stepping stones of grace on the unfamiliar path.


marjorie-thompson_soul-feastSoul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life
Marjorie Thompson (October 1, 2014) 200 pages.

First released in 1995, this spiritual classic continues to be a best-seller, as thousands each year accept Marjorie Thompson’s invitation to the Christian spiritual life. From the Introduction: “What I have observed over the past twenty years has increased my sense of urgency about the need for spiritual practice among us. If we do not learn to honor and strengthen the inner life of spirit, all the external changes in the world cannot save us. New laws, regulations, and technological fixes are all susceptible to human corruption and self-interest. If we do not know ourselves as beings created to reflect the divine image, we will lose the immense opportunity for transformation God has offered us in the gift of life itself. And if the love of God embodied in Christ cannot turn us, how shall we be turned?”


caroline-fairless_space-between-church-non-churchThe Space Between Church and Not-Church: A Sacramental Vision for the Healing of Our Planet
Caroline S. Fairless, Foreword by David James Duncan. Hamilton Books (March 28, 2011) 182 pages.

Healing our planet is a relational and spirit-centered process, requiring humans to reclaim our appropriate place among the earth community, intrinsic to the integrity of the whole. This book invites readers to release the human-centered biblical justifications of dominion and rule for the sake of a natural web morality, insisting on the sacramental nature of all life. The process awakens our hearts to the needs of our imperiled planet and calls us to servant action from our place within the biotic community. For more information visit


The STEM Shift: A Guide for School Leaders
Ann Myers and Jill Berkowicz. Corwin, May 2015. 192 pages.

“The STEM Shift provides an excellent overview for a school or district contemplating a move to a STEM learning approach. The authors make a strong case for engaging in a STEM shift and then step through the planning and change processes called for, with special attention to building collaboration and trust. A real strength of the book is the inclusion of real cases and voices from the field where this shift is happening. The inclusion of successful programs and perspectives gives the reader confidence that engaging is a STEM shift is a real possibility for their organization,” writes Peter Brouwer, SUNY Potsdam Dean of the School of Education & Professional Studies and Graduate Studies.


Judy Brown. FriesenPress, December 2014. 176 pages.

These poems are part of an inner dialogue about transitions and turnings, and the lessons the natural world can offer us. In Judy’s leadership work, she invites folks to detail the steppingstones that have brought them to where they are in their work and their life. It is that process from which this collection takes its name: steppingstones. Mark Nepo writes: “Judy Brown’s poems are subtle, like rain on the surface of stillness inviting us to wait for the ripples to clear. In Steppingstones, she explores the solidity of presence and our capacity to hear ourselves within the gift of Nature; so we might better meet this life.”


Talking TabooTalking Taboo: American Christian Women Get Frank About Faith
Erin S. Lane and Enuma C. Okoro (Eds). White Cloud, October 2013. 264 pages.

The latest book in the I Speak For Myself series addresses the experiences of faith, gender, and identity that remain taboo for American Christian Women Under 40. Is it our desire to remain childless in a Catholic tradition that largely defines women by their ability to reproduce? Is it our struggle with pornography in an evangelical subculture that addresses it only as the temptation of unsatisfied men? From masturbation, miscarriage, and menstruation to ordination, co-habitation, and immigration, this collection of essays explores the most provocative topics of faith left largely unspoken in 21st century American faith life.


chip-wood_teaching_for_equityTeacher for Equity (For Elementary Grades)
Linda Crawford & Chip Wood. The Origins Program, 2014, 192 pages.

“Teaching for Equity cuts right to the heart of good teaching: relationships. Chip Wood and Linda Crawford take us back to the true basics, that teachers must know the children they teach and ways to engage them. And they help us to do that, with the seven strands in this book. Their emphasis on personalizing learning, with their practical guide to help teachers in listening and observing, in understanding what the child understands, and in reaching out to families, offers us a real opportunity to transform teaching and learning.” – Sally Z. Hare, Ph.D.


Thin Places: Seeking the Courage to Live in a Divided World
Kirkridge Fellows’ Stories, Gathered by Sally Z. Hare and Megan LeBoutillier

Thin places name the spaces that offer us the best chance of finding the courage to live in a divided world. As facilitators of Circles of Trust® the writers have grown to understand that thin places are best found in nature AND are created with careful attention and intention to safe and trustworthy space. They share their stories with the hope that you’ll find some pieces of your own story, that you will discover portals to your own thin places.


richard-ackerman_wounded-leaderThe Wounded Leader: How Real Leadership Emerges in Times of Crisis (Jossey-Bass Education Series)
Richard H. Ackerman and Pat Maslin-Ostrowski. Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 5, 2002) 192 pages.

As any school principal or administrator can tell you, the responsibilities of school leadership can take a person from inspired moments to crisis in an instant. How does a school leader with good intentions preserve a healthy sense of self in the face of a crisis which in the best of times challenges the self, and in the worst of times can lead to deep wounds of the heart? How can good leaders minimize the impact of these crises and remain open to learn and grow from these difficult experiences? These are the questions at the heart of the stories contained in The Wounded Leader. Through compelling stories that illustrate many of the common dilemmas faced by school leaders, the authors highlight the many paths to healing, and show how sometimes the most painful experience can be an opportunity for growth.