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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156699294X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566992947
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Action-oriented love can change things. That's my conclusion after reading this how-to book ...." -- Brother David Andrews

"Readers will find new, positive energy to break out of the negative cycles of need, dependency, and inaction ...." -- John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann, ABCD Institute, Northwestern University

"This book is revolutionary in the best sense of the word. Both inspiring and useful." -- Peter Block

About the Author

Luther K. Snow has worked with congregations and community and faith-based organizations on asset building for more than 25 years. He served as the director of the Congregational Asset Mapping Project for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He now conducts workshops and offers consulting to congregations and community organizations. He is the author of The Organization of Hope: A Workbook for Rural Asset-Based Community Development and Community Transformation: Turning Threats into Opportunities. You can visit his website at http://www.luthersnow.com/.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol Luther on March 3, 2006
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The Power of Asset Mapping is an amazing tool of community growth. It works from the premise that a congregation has all the gifts it needs to do what it needs to do -- we just haven't named them. It begins with one of the most enjoyable group activities I have ever facilitated: people gather in small groups and share what they love. Then it all gets put up on the wall and we connect the dots. We're currently doing this at my church, a very small congregation. and we're rockin'. The book begins with the practical and moves to the theoretical and anyone who buys the books can download worksheets from their website. I gave it four rather than five stars just because it gets repetitive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Vandenberg on September 29, 2005
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Asset Mapping is something we all do everyday, but Luther Snow, show you how to use it to its fullest advantage to bring about change, action and most of all possibilities. Asset mapping is an excellent resource fro the church to help them discover what we have always known -- that the cup that is half empty, is also half full and when we focus on the positive assets we all bring to any given situation, God works through the details. I highly recommend this resource for any student of small groups, problems solvers, or possibility thinkers. Change your church by changing your mind.

Rev. Michael VandenBerg
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CC Heller on February 16, 2011
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This book has been around quite a while, but the technique it explains still works with almost any group seeking to figure out the resources that they have. I've participated in asset mapping groups, and it's worked very well. Now I have the step-by-step instructions to do it myself. Clear, easy to understand, classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 20, 2013
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Snow provides an easy to use and adapt three step set of instructions for designing and facilitating an asset mapping experience. Asset mapping is a strengths based approach underscoring the notion that within a group there are certain gifts and collectively we are uniquely designed to do x. Where X is the leveraging of our strengths for maximum effect. Asset mapping is a way to identify strengths and the collectively design strategies and/or actions based on those strengths.

I would first read: Kretzmann, J. P., & McKnight, J. L. (1993). Building communities from the inside out: A path toward finding and mobilizing a community's assets. Skokie, IL: ACTA Publications.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William H. Brandes on May 6, 2014
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i bought this book originally in print before luther snow ran a workshop for the 2007 gathering of the ohio conference of the united church of christ. i did not read the book for full comprehension because i was becoming more visually disabled with my ongoing battle with retinitis pigmentosa. but, i again became interested seven years later when the church my wife pastors was looking for ways to engage the congregation in questions that turned on the ideas of growth. i thought that asset mapping would be a good start. initially coming the book page on amazon, i noticed that the book was not available for kindle with which i read many books by listening. so, i hit the button asking the publisher to make this book available for kindle. and, within a week it was available. note this is the first time that has ever happened for me. so that was a good start.

now, having listened to this book twice i think i can make a useful review. the book could have been shorter. but, if you need re-enforcement of the method and why it works that should be no problem. the idea and process is useable on first glance and should not be daunting for any congregation no matter size. you don't need a degree or a concentration in the asset process to get it going and it only takes an hour to provide you with a new visionary approach to see your gits and how they can be linked. of course, i am grateful that i can listen to this book and be a fully engaged participant in this process. hopefully you can be in the same box.

i have a background in marketing, but, this book opened me up to looking not at needs but rather gifts/assets as a starting point. it is a completely different approach to strategy. and, i think a much better approach. william
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