In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice (Practices of Faith Series)
By: Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore (author)Hardback
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Theologian, mother, and writer Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore gives us some answers to this question and shows us how to integrate and strengthen the practice of faith in the everyday (and often mundane) experience of raising children. In the Midst of Chaos reveals what it takes to find the spiritual wisdom in the messy, familial ways of living. By rethinking parenting as an invitation to discover God in the middle of our busy and overstuffed lives, it relieves parents of the burden of being the all-knowing authority figures who impart spiritual knowledge to children. Finding spirituality in family activities such as reading bedtime stories, dividing household chores, and playing games can empower parents to notice what they are already doing as potentially valuable and to practice it more consciously as part of their own faith journey.
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore is the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Pastoral Theology at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, author of a previous book on children from Jossey-Bass (Let the Children Come, 2003), and a respected scholar in theology.
Editor's Foreword. Preface. Chapter 1: Contemplating in Chaos. Chapter 2: Sanctifying the Ordinary. Chapter 3: Pondering All These Things. Chapter 4: Taking Kids Seriously. Chapter 5: Giving unto Others ... But What About Myself? Chapter 6: Doing Justice and Walking Humbly with Kids. Chapter 7: Playing the Field: Xbox, Soccer, and Other Fun Family Games. Chapter 8: Take, Read: From Seuss to Scripture. Chapter 9: Blessing and Letting Go. References. The Author. Index.
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