The following books and journals have contributed to or are aligned with shaping the KACL’s vision and the way we approach what we do inside and outside the community.  KACL staff are encouraged to be life-long learners, to expand their interests, and to gain enjoyment from reading. Herein are titles that have piqued people’s interests.


Armstrong, Karen. Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life   Preview

Bailey, Becky. I Love Your Rituals   Preview

Block, Peter. Stewardship: Choosing Self Over Self-interest   Preview

Brown, Juanita and David Isaacs. The World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations that Matter   Preview

Carroll, Michael. Awake at Work: 35 Practical Buddhist Principles for Discovering Clarity and Balance in the Midst of Work’s Chaos   Preview

Carroll, Michael. The Mindful Leader: Awakening Your Natural Management Skills Through Mindfulness Meditation   Preview

Chodron, Pema. Start Where You Are   Preview

Doidge, Norman. The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science   Preview

Emmons, Henry. The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety   Preview

Emmons, Henry. The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom   Preview

Emmons, Henry. The Chemistry of Joy Workbook: Overcoming Depression Using the Best of Brain Science, Nutrition, and the Psychology of Mindfulness   Preview

Kahane, Adam. Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change   Preview

Kahane, Adam. Solving Tough Problems   Preview

Kahane, Adam. Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future   Preview

Leifer, Ron. Vinegar into Honey: Seven Steps to Understanding and Transforming Anger, Aggression, and Violence   Preview

Mate, Gabor. Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers   Preview

Mate, Gabor. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction   Preview

Mate, Gabor. Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder   Preview

Mate, Gabor. When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection   Preview

McKnight, John, and Peter Block. The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods   Preview

McKnight, John. The Careless Society: Community and its Counterfeits   Preview

Scharmer, Otto. Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges   Preview

Schein, Edgar. Humble Inquiry: The Gentle of Art of Asking Instead of Telling   Preview

Senge, Peter. The Fifth Discipline   Preview

Wheatley, Margaret J.. Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time   Preview

Whitney, Diana et al.. Appreciative Team Building: Positive Questions to Bring out the Best in Your Team   Preview

Yunus, Muhammad. Banker to the Poor   Preview

Yunus, Muhammad. Creating a World Without Poverty   Preview


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