4-MAT PAPER INSTRUCTIONS The 4-MAT Paper is a way of responding to readings, lectures


The 4-MAT Paper is a way of responding to readings, lectures, and life experiences that requires you, the learner, to interact with new ideas on several levels. Your 4-MAT Paper will cover the entire text by Dr. Cloud. Use the following format in preparing your 4-Mat Papers; show each of the 4 sections listed below with corresponding headers and subheadings. The grading rubric is attached for your review as well.

1. Summary: Summarize what you have read as if you were the author condensing the book to its essential elements. Prove that you comprehend the reading by writing a no-nonsense summary. Cover the book as a whole instead of chapter by chapter. Within the summary, include Sub-heading Section 1 (Identify and define the essential Foundations for Boundaries.), Sub-heading Section 2 (Describe the process for Rebuilding Boundaries.), and Sub-heading section 3 (Explain the various aspects of Boundaries on the Job.).

2. Concrete Responses: Be vulnerable! In 250 words, relate a personal, life episode that this book triggered in your memory. Relate your story in first person, describing action and quoting exact words you remember hearing or saying. In the teaching style of Jesus, this is a do-it-yourself parable, case study, and confession. You will remember almost nothing you have read unless you make this critical, personal connection. What video memory began to roll? This is your chance to tell your story and to generate new ideas.

3. Reflection: What new questions pop up for you in response to what you have read? Take notes as you read. Outsmart the author by asking better questions than he has raised. Begin with questions like, “What bothers me about this book?” Discuss the positives and negatives about the book.

4. Application: What are you going to do about it? Describe in detail what you are going to say to a counselee, send as an email, or say to a friend. What actions or changes are you going to make in your life as a result of what you have learned? Your response here is a matter of obedience first, questions later. Be precise in summarizing your action steps.

Note: Your grade on the 4-MAT Paper depends on the manner in which you address each of these 4 dimensions in response to your readings. Your paper must be 5–6 pages, double-spaced (not including the title page and reference page). You will be required to create a title page and a references page (which cites the textbook), both formatted according to current APA standards.


This paper requires a turnitin report.


Required References (See Below)

Cloud, H. (2008). The one life solution: Reclaim your personal life while achieving greater professional success. New York, NY: HarperCollins. ISBN: 9780061466434.

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