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New Book Translation Explores Encouragement

A project that Professor of Psychology Jack Huber began while on sabbatical five years ago is nearing fruition. Huber’s translation of Theo Schoenaker’s “Mut Tut Gut” from German into English is being published as “Encouragement Makes Good Things Happen” this month by Routledge Press.

This is the first time the book, which is a bestseller in Germany, has been available in English. The book “focuses on the belief that human encouragement is the most important natural ingredient for the healthy development of human beings.”

Schoenaker, an expert in encouragement training, was the Kenan Visiting Distinguished Professor at Meredith in 2005. His book focuses on the effects of negativity, and teaches readers to encourage themselves and others by focusing on the positive.

“No matter who you are, even in bleak situations, there can be positives,” Huber said. “If you are accepting of who you are, you can move forward.”

Huber first agreed to take on the translation project seven years ago. He says the book’s message is “I am who I am, and that’s good enough.”

According to Huber, completing the project is a testimony to the positive message of the book.

“Once I started the project, I said ‘I am translating the book’ not ‘I’m going to’,” Huber said. “I am doing this now. I’m not a linguist, but I’m determined, so there’s no reason I can’t start this project.”

Huber has taught psychology at Meredith for more than 30 years, and describes the translation project as “the cherry on top of the sundae for me academically.”

Huber worked with two German natives, including Meredith alumna Sandra Lose, on the book’s translation.

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