I just finished reading Ryan Niemiec's Character Strengths Interventions: A Field Guide for Practitioners and I had to stop for a few minutes to take in a savor the feat he has accomplished. His book truly is a field guide. As someone who deeply knows and clearly loves the exciting territory of character strengths, Ryan expertly guides us so we can see the wonders that can be found there, shares its history, warns us about possible pitfalls, and invites us to explore and enjoy its riches. And we can even take them home with us, thanks to Ryan's generosity in sharing so many resources that he has created and compiled.
He sees strength practitioners as gardeners who can't - and shouldn't try to - "mold" their clients, but rather, can create optimal conditions for growth and development. I believe that Ryan's own strengths of love, hope, perspective, and appreciation of beauty may have created the conditions for the flowering of this wonderful work, and I'm grateful for it.
-Margarita Tarragona, PhD, Director of PositiveMente; Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the Univeristy of Melbourne, Australia.