The result of 40 years of observations and note taking, Beyond Discouragement - Creativity summarizes our times; the contexts in which we live, the conundrums we encounter and the devastating impact the abandonment of encouragement and creativity is having on many adults and children.
The contents have been defined as
• tough love
• a no holds barred reality check
Beyond Discouragement - Creativity is a wake up call, a jarring jolt - a reminder that things are not well. But even though we live in discouraging times, the author remains optimistic. He hopes the many sketches he has laid out before us raise questions and even shackles, cause discussions to happen, passions to be stirred and the encouragement of creativity to become prevalent in the daily lives of every adult and child on the face of our planet.
Fruit de 40 ans d’observations, Beyond Discouragement - Creativity est un résumé des dernières 75 années de nos vies, du contexte dans lequel nous vivons et de l’énigme et de l’impacte dévastateur causé par l’abandon “encouragé” de l’encouragement et de la créativité dans nos vies et celles de nos enfants.
Les réactions au livre sont plutôt directes :
• Durement réaliste
• “tough love”
• Un réveil-choc si non choquant
Beyond Discouragement - Creativity est un réveil brusque - un rappel que tout ne va pas bien. Mais. . . malgré son ton brusque, l’auteur est optimiste. Encourageant, il nous dessine un plan simple et clair qui fait fi des spécialistes et des soi-disant autorités. Il nous propose des questions, des suggestions, des idées, des programmes, des sentiments humains qui peuvent nous servir de guides même si ses offrandes nous causent parfois des ennuis, des argumentations, des “chicanes” en discutant. Il est temps au réveil, au vouloir et à l’action. Sinon., la créativité nous abandonnera pour des champs plus riches en détermination.
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Reader Comments :
Just finished your book and I have a thousand words for you but I have condensed it to one "Bravo"" . Great job but a tough read. . . CB, Ottawa
Add philosopher and psychologist to your many credits. Your book is frank, unpretentious, heartwarming, “plein d'aperçus profonds sur la vie et le voyage de découverte qui nous préoccupe à travers les générations”. A must-read for teachers and young parents... Bravo! - CP, Toronto
Bernard Poulin, internationally prominent artist, has written a compelling book, "Beyond Discouragement - Creativity." There are several levels to the book. Each level is valuable in its own right.
For artists, the book guides readers to a mindset where they can be courageous in their creativity, deal with failures as well as successes, and avoid the pitfall of discouragement when failures crop up, as they inevitably do.
For parents, the book helps them better understand their children's creative processes. Mr. Poulin reassures parents that their children are not fragile creatures who will be shattered, or whose creativity will be destroyed, when parents do their job as parents.
For educators, the book is a rigorous reexamination of much conventional wisdom about education and the creative process. The book's extensive bibiliography makes it plain that the author has done his homework; he has thoroughly researched the subject, in addition to being a parent and mentor.
There is an additional level, which (to me) is the most important. Most books are like a wall. On one side of the wall is the author; on the other side is the reader, who is presented with "the book." In the case of Bernard Poulin's book, however, the wall is removed, and we actually meet him. Turning through the pages, we can imagine him, winking slyly to us as he makes a joke. We are invited into his painting studio, where we meet his children, as toddlers, playing on the floor while Dad paints. We meet the children being creative in their own improvised creative space - nothing more complicated than a bathroom tub, where they can play, make a mess, examine their own creativity without hesitation. We meet Bernard Poulin's remarkable wife, every bit as creative and caring as the husband. We meet the people who mentored the author at differing stages of his own life. Finally, we are invited to think of the people in our own lives who have mentored us. It is a powerful and enriching exercise.
Do yourself a favor: Check out "Beyond Discouragement - Creativity." It will provide ideas which will keep people thinking for years to come. Also, you will make a new friend, the author Bernard Poulin. - MM, San Francisco
I was only able to read bits at a time. . . The content is definitely in your face. The only outcome of this book will be countless contentious discussions - and that (not easy answers) seems to be the goal. After an hour of reading I was quite angry. . . I headed for the piano to lay out a series of tonal bursts. That worked. . . The notion of encouragement and excellence - as opposed to the usual push for unattainable perfection - should be required reading . . . Wow! I hope we can offer our child this “best that we can be” concept. What courage it takes to publish such a book at this time. Bravo! - EM, Buckingham, Québec
Published printer (Lulu) comments:
In a "hundred best parenting books" ranking, Beyond Discouragement - Creativity comes in 3rd!!!