McCaleb's book on community available in time to be a Christmas 'gift'

For immediate release
Dec. 20, 2001

After Sept. 11, the idea of community has taken on new meaning. And at Christmas time, gifts certainly take on new meaning to frantic, last-minute shoppers and starry-eyed children.

Enter "The Gift of Community" -- the latest book by Dr. Gary McCaleb, former mayor of Abilene and director of Abilene Christian University's Center for Building Community and ACU vice president.

"The Gift of Community" compiles his reflections on living and working in a community -- insights gained through his personal community experiences, both working with and in communities.

McCaleb said he considers community to be a gift, and not just at Christmas time.

"I am convinced that any 'sense of community' we enjoy comes as a result of the charitable spirit and generous nature of others," McCaleb said in the introduction. "A sense of community only happens when a person acts as she would when she sees herself as part of something bigger than herself -- whether that be a business, a church, a university or a city" -- an apt description of what has happened in New York City and across the nation since Sept. 11.

"The Gift of Community" offers reflections and anecdotes from the Abilene community and communities around the world, based on McCaleb's experiences writing a column for the Abilene Reporter-News, speaking nationally and internationally on city and community issues and speaking to local government officials in places such as Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Iceland.

"The Gift of Community" is available at ACU's Campus Store, Abilene Educational Supply and Abilene Bookstore.

McCaleb received his bachelor's degree from ACU and holds an M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He is also the author of "Community: The 'Other Side of Self,'" also available through HillCrest publishing.


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