Alden Thompson was my undergraduate adviser at Walla Walla University, where I majored in biblical languages. He had a long-lasting and profound impact on my life. Our class, summer of 1979, invited him to give the commencement address. It was a little unusual to invite someone from inside the college. It was a good choice. He talked about riding the pendulum. The closer we are to the top, the easier the ride, i.e., come near to God and you'll deal better with the swings of opinion.
Alden believes that it is good to have liberals and conservatives and many other sorts of people in the church. We shouldn't be seeking to win over each other, but rather to discover strengths and weakness and combine our strength.
I believe that any Christian can find very helpful ideas in this book. Let's learn to value one another and work together.
This unique little book shows life confused, conflicted, and enriched by diversity. A fanciful world of "perfect squares" must cope with new rectangles, triangles, circles, "gons" and other weirdos, each with distinct personalities and predilections. In this quirky story, creativity and teamwork work wonders. Principles of human relations, change management, even Quality Management are exemplified in a simple, amusing story that appeals to many ages and backgrounds.
The author has also designed PERFECTLY SQUARE-related seminars, "SELFSHAPES" and "RELATIONSHAPES," and adapted short programs targeted for specific audiences (such as "Your Church Is NOT Perfectly Square,") and created a script for delightful small-scale theatrical productions with a diversity of musical instruments reflecting the book's shape characters. All have successfully premiered in Pensacola, FL.
Dr. Dolly Haik-Adams Berthelot is a human communication specialist and writer. Her University of Tennessee graduate studies, where she obtained an Ed.D., combined communication (writing, journalism, interpersonal communication, human relations, social and humanistic psychology, group dynamics) with curriculum and instruction (adult learning and instructional design). Her experience includes daily newspapers, magazines, books, teaching 7th-12th grades through university levels, research, business/organizational training and development, creative workshop development, seminar leadership, group facilitation, conflict management, diversity training, teambuilding, and more.