Raising Faith-Filled Kids: Ordinary Opportunities to Nurture Spirituality at Home

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Family life is a spiritual path

Is your family calendar so jammed that there’s never enough time to “be spiritual”? Maybe you need to think about spirituality in a new way.
Author, editor, and speaker Tom McGrath shows how the hectic and ordinary moments of family life offer endless opportunities to live more deeply.
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Overview

Family life is a spiritual path

Is your family calendar so jammed that there’s never enough time to “be spiritual”? Maybe you need to think about spirituality in a new way.
Author, editor, and speaker Tom McGrath shows how the hectic and ordinary moments of family life offer endless opportunities to live more deeply.
This book is full of stories and ideas for parents who care about their children’s souls.

McGrath suggests how we can foster a healthy spirituality in our children—
while tending to our own spirits as well. He presents many useful lessons and practical strategies for passing on religious heritage, including:
• Introducing children to sacred time
• Examining the image of God we actively (or passively)
present to our children
• Fostering empathy to build our children’s moral character
• Learning to pray creatively as a family
• Developing spiritual disciplines as parents
• Cultivating a spirit of forgiveness in the home

Family life is a spiritual path

Is your family calendar so jammed that there’s never enough time to “be spiritual”? Maybe you need to think about spirituality in a new way.
Author, editor, and speaker Tom McGrath shows how the hectic and ordinary moments of family life offer endless opportunities to live more deeply.
This book is full of stories and ideas for parents who care about their children’s souls.

McGrath suggests how we can foster a healthy spirituality in our children—
while tending to our own spirits as well. He presents many useful lessons and practical strategies for passing on religious heritage, including:
• Introducing children to sacred time
• Examining the image of God we actively (or passively)
present to our children
• Fostering empathy to build our children’s moral character
• Learning to pray creatively as a family
• Developing spiritual disciplines as parents
• Cultivating a spirit of forgiveness in the home

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829414257
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom McGrath is the author of Raising Faith Filled Kids, The Meal Box, and is one of the authors of the God’s Gift series. Currently Tom is the Vice President for Product Development at Loyola Press. He previously served as the executive editor of U.S. Catholic magazine. McGrath is an avid writer and speaker on family-life issues and spirituality. Tom and his wife, Kathleen, live in Chicago and are the parents of two grown daughters, who are still always welcome at meal time.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Taking Action” Pages x Acknowledgments xi

1 • Good News for Parents:
You Can Pass On a Living Faith 3
Finding the Treasure We Already Have • Making Connections in a World Cut Adrift • Developing Faith in a Commercial, Cynical Culture • Using What We’re Already Doing • Catching the Action Right Where It Is

2 • The Basic Question:
What Do You Wish for This Child? 17
Invite the Mystery • Know Your Own Motives • Beware of What You Ask For

3 • A “Family” Business:
The Commitment We Owe Our Kids 29
Are You Looking for Shortcuts? • Are You Playing Hide-and-
Seek? • Does Faith Talk Scare You Just a Little? • Do You Need a Second Chance?

A CLOSER LOOK: Especially for Dads 47
Show Real Strength • Write from the Heart

4 • Relationships, Messages, and Clues:
Means of Handing Down a Heritage 55
Relationships from Generation to Generation • Lessons from Real Life • Imagination for the Day to Day • The Messages Kids Hear from Us • The Clues Kids Need from Us

5 • Objects, Spaces, and Rituals:
Holiness That Lives Close to Home 73
Keepin’ It Real • The Sacred Jigsaw Puzzle • Sacred Time •
Sacred Objects and Places • Sacred Rituals

A CLOSER LOOK:
The Amazing Power of Rituals 95

6 • Paradise and Paradox:
Helping Kids Grasp Faith Concepts 99
Lent Is a Time to Check Your Vision • Ordinary Time Is Special Too

A CLOSER LOOK:
Whatever Happened to Awe? 109

7 • The Intentional Family:
True Parenthood Is a Spiritual Path 117
Basic Training • Really Simple or Simply Real • Great Expectations

8 • From Patience to Hope:
Spiritual Virtues Every Parent Needs 129
I’m Tired of Being the Adult • Give Me Patience in a Hurry
• Fear of the Lord Takes Courage • Prudence Requires Passion • Watchfulness Is an Art • Real Hope Really Helps

9 • From Welcome to Forgiveness:
Spiritual Disciplines Every Parent Needs 153
Welcoming: “We’re So Glad You’re Here” • Letting Go:
“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” • Forgiving: “Forgive Us as We Forgive” • Making Mistakes: “Let’s Learn Together” •
Telling the Truth: “Let’s Sort It Out”

A CLOSER LOOK:
Bored? Tell It to the Invisible Man 177

10 • What You Say and Don’t Say:
Are You Telling Lies about God? 183
Where Do Children Get Their First Clues? • Which Images of God Are You Giving to Your Kids?

11 • Days, Events, and Seasons:
Helping Prayer Happen 191
Give Someone a Happy Birthday • Let Lent Make You a Better Parent • Create Sound Impressions That Last a Lifetime • Lead Them by the Restful Waters • Turn Trials into Offerings • Say a Little Prayer for Me • Pay Your Respects to the Sorrowful Mother • Make a Jerk List and a Gratitude List

A CLOSER LOOK:
Forty Ways to Foster Prayer in Your Home 211

A CLOSER LOOK:
Peekaboo! I See You! 217

12 • One Story at a Time:
A Natural Way to Raise Your Children 223
How We Got Here • And Now a Word from Our Sponsor •
The Story of My Life

13 • The Greater Story:
Tying Your Children In to the Eternal Scheme 235
How a Too-Small Story Limits Our Children • How to Connect Our Children’s Stories to the Larger Story

A CLOSER LOOK:
Darryl’s Story 245

14 • Thirst for Justice:
Making the System Work for Everybody 249
Spaceship Earth without a Paddle • Whose Family Values? •
Begin with Empathy • After Empathy, Justice • Come and Get It!

15 • You’re Doing Fine, and Help Is on the Way 271
Selected Resources 273

Taking action What you can do now to nurture spiritual life at home
1 • How to make your desires for your child more real 24
2 • How to be a nurturing parent 36
3 • How to uncover your family’s spiritual dimension 70
4 • How your family can learn to notice sacred time 80
5 • How to increase your family’s sense of the sacred 86
6 • How to build on the rituals you already have 91
7 • How to involve your children during Lent 103
8 • How to develop your family’s sense of awe 113
9 • How to be a genuine, spiritual parent 122
10 • How family members can be open with one another 125
11 • How to be patient, and soon 134
12 • How to instill a healthy fear of the Lord 140
13 • How to get a handle on hope 149
14 • How to let go gracefully 160
15 • How to cultivate a forgiving spirit in your home 174
16 • How to show your children what God is like 188
17 • How to get started during Lent 195
18 • How to introduce your kids to religious themes and hymns 197
19 • How to help your kids develop a strong self-story 231
20 • How to link your children to others’ stories 240
21 • How to foster empathy in your kids 257
22 • How to educate your children about justice 261
23 • How to teach your children solidarity 265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2001

    Packed with Useful Ideas and Friendly Advice

    The book gives plenty of examples of family traditions, parental attitudes, and activities that will boulster the family's spiritual life, and help raise godly children. I found the book very useful. The author has an optimistic, almost poetic view of life, and there were times where I stopped to contemplate some of his profound passages. The only negative aspect of the book is its poor organization. Chapters were broken up with subtopics, and themes stopped and started without much relevance to the chapters. I still found the reading enjoyable, but think I would have found the information easier to retain with a more traditional setup. One word of warning: the author writes from a very strong Catholic point of view and many of his examples would only apply if you are Catholic. However, I am an evangelical Christian and still found most of his adivce would fit right in with our traditions.

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