When families are faced with crises and challenges—unemployment, the untimely death of a family member, naturaldisasters and chronic illnesses— those who seem to weatherthe crisis best are often those who have an active spiritualdimension to their lives together. And in times of joy andcelebration families with strong spiritual lives rejoice in deeperand more wondrous ways. But what exactly is it that characterizesfaith and spirituality in family life? Identifying resilience,strength, and faith in the stories of all kinds of families,Sacred Stories of Ordinary Families motivates readers tothink about how faith shapes their own family lives. Drawn fromDiana R. Garland's extensive interviews with 110 families, thisbook includes stories from ordinary families whose lives togetherboth reveal and rely on extraordinary faith.
About the Author
Diana R. Garland is the chair of the School of Social WorkDepartment at Baylor University and director of Baylor's Center forFamily and Community Ministries. Her previous works includeFamily Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Melodies for Daily Life.
Chapter 2 The Challenge of Being Family.
Chapter 3 Binding Families Together.
Chapter 4 Faith That Sustains Us.
Chapter 5 The Challenging Practices of Living Faith.
Chapter 6 Kitchen Linoleum as Holy Ground.
Chapter 7 The Congregation as a Community of Families.
Your Family Stories: Questions for Reflection.
Thinking About Families and Faith: A Discussion Guide forGroups.