A robust defence of the importance of faith in childhood, and in parenting the child, in the face of increasingly secular Western culture. In our modern, secular, society, religion is becoming not only marginalised but increasingly tarred with the negative brush of extremism. Sarah Johnson sets out to redress this imbalance, showing the real difference faith can make to life in general and to family life in particular, with a contribution to society that goes far beyond the common misconceptions of it being outdated and irrelevant. She demonstrates how faith brings perspective to life, and provides a sane and viable alternative to atheistic, materialistic individualism. It is when children come along that issues of faith often demand to be considered. Parents look for help to bring up their children, and for spiritual direction.This book addresses these concerns in short, practical chapters, looking at each stage of a child's growing up. It will remind people that the popular scientists haven't got it all right: faith is alive, well and a crucial part of our existence.
Sarah Johnson is a journalist and contributes regularly to The Times, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. She is the author of Daring to Be Different (DLT) and Parents and Parenting (Vermilion). Sarah is also a doula: a woman who supports a mum during pregnancy, birth and the immediate postnatal period. Doulas are becoming a popular choice for women embarking on the journey from pregnancy to motherhood.
1. Christianity Under Attack; 2. Damage Done From Within; 3. Salt for the Whole Kingdom; 4. Faith and Parenthood; 5. Faith and Childbirth; 6. Faith and Infancy; 7. Faith and the Growing Child; 8. Faith and the Inner Child; 9. The Faith Community; 10. Radical Faith: the Teenage Years; 11. Launching Out; 12. Faith versus Materialism; 13. Traditions Old and New; 14. Parenting Perspective; 15. Loved for Who They Are; 16. Part of a Faith Community; 17. Families with a Difference.