Parenting: The Complex and Beautiful Vocation of Raising Children

Parenting: The Complex and Beautiful Vocation of Raising Children

by Holly Taylor Coolman
Parenting: The Complex and Beautiful Vocation of Raising Children

Parenting: The Complex and Beautiful Vocation of Raising Children

by Holly Taylor Coolman

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Overview

Books on parenting abound, with many suggesting that specific strategies will produce desired results. Gifted theologian Holly Taylor Coolman offers something different: a theologically and biblically rich commentary on the theme of raising children.

As a mother of five who is known for approaching parenting in a theological way, Coolman is often asked for advice. In this book, she explores parenting as a complex and beautiful vocation in which mothers and fathers themselves are made and unmade, offered troubling sorts of gifts, and drawn deeper into connection not only with their children but also with God, others, and themselves. Coolman describes child-rearing as a vocation to which parents are called that requires them to develop the skills of apprenticeship and invitation. She also locates raising children firmly within the context of the church.

This book will appeal to Christian parents, especially adoptive and foster parents, as well as pastors, church leaders, and students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540961495
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/23/2024
Series: Pastoring for Life: Theological Wisdom for Ministering Well
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 855,327
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Holly Taylor Coolman (PhD, Duke University) is assistant professor of theology at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island, and a senior fellow of the Principium Institute. Her areas of expertise include Christology, ecclesiology, Christian theologies of Judaism, and Jewish-Christian relations. She has written about topics at the intersection of culture and moral theology and about family life, particularly adoption.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. New Parents
2. Beyond Birth: Other Ways of Welcoming Children
3. Fostering Community, Within and Around
4. Toddlers: Not That Terrible
5. Mapmaking and Apprenticeship
6. The Growing Years
7. The Art of Discipline
8. The Challenge of New Technology
9. Parenting in Survival Mode
10. Parents—and More Than Parents
11. Busy Days
12. Moving into Adolescence
13. Parents and Marriage
14. Single Parents
15. School and Other Ways of Learning
16. Later Adolescence
17. Parenting Adults
Epilogue
Suggested Reading
Index
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