I write a Christian book review post about once a year. The last post I did highlighting Christian books was here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2011/08/10/three-books-of-importchristian-book-reviews/. I would like to share a few books I have recently read and loved with you today! Here we go!
Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality by J. Phillip Newell, the Warden of Spirituality for the Anglican diocese of Portsmouth. One of the foundations of Christian life is the ability to achieve stillness and to listen. This book is divided into sections on Listening for the Goodness (looking at the maligned Pelagius), Listening within Creation (Eriugena), Listening for God In All Things (the Carmina Gadelica), Listening with the Imagination (using the writings of George MacDonald), Listening and Acting (George MacLeod), and Two Ways of Listening (The Apostles John and Peter).
Where God Happens: Discovering Christ In One Another by Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury. Excellent look at the Desert Fathers and spiritual searching.
Abiding: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2013 which talks about abiding in body, abiding in mind, abiding through care, and abiding in relationships. This books weaves together how we abide in God’s will through many stories – stories of St. Benedictine, stories of South Africa and Congo, Michael Ende’s Momo, and St. Macrina.
Encountering The Mystery by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. I love this book, and have re-read it over and over. Whilst specific to Orthodox Christianity, it also touches on issue that all Christians should be thinking about. My copy has a lot of underlined parts in it and notes in the margin. Highly, highly recommended. Continue reading
One way to simplify your week is to use my “X” method on your calendar, (see this link http://theparentingpassageway.com/2013/07/29/simplicity-monday-days-of-xs/ )
and then to be sure to mark all of your Sundays as “Slow Sundays”. Well, my day is Sunday, in large part due to our religion, but your day might be a Slow Friday or a Slow Saturday.
What this will look like will be up to you, but I suggest you follow the same rhythm each week. For example, Continue reading
This is an amusing yet sobering piece written by an anonymous person about the stranger living in his home growing up. It is well- worth the short read.
A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around
from then on. As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche.
My parents were complementary instructors: Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger… he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies. If I wanted to know anything about Continue reading
This has been a season where the theme of freedom versus form has been coming up repeatedly in my life, and as usual, I took this as a sign that I should write about this subject for my readers.
During one of the first few weeks on her Yahoo Group for homeschool planning called “Sketching It Out” that in homeschooling, Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie wrote something to the effect that we have a freedom so different than what is found in the Waldorf schools in bringing the impulses of Waldorf Education to the home, but then we have to create the form. I have been mulling this thought around for several weeks now, where it has been germinating in my heart. I know from my own experiences in talking to so many mothers and families that creating the form seems to be the most challenging part for families not just in homeschooling, but in parenting.
A small example in parenting, for example, Continue reading
I have been mulling this post by Becca over at Cedar Ring for quite some time now; in it she wrestles with “Holding The Image” after a childhood of being told she was riddled with sin. In a summer where most of my reading has been Continue reading
The last circle I posted was here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2013/06/22/circle-and-activities-for-st-johns-tide/. Right now I am working up to Labor Day with the theme of the archetypal fisherman in mind.
Here are some circle activities to enjoy: Continue reading
A large part of Waldorf Education includes an actual curriculum for games, that leads into sports in the middle school years. There is a wonderful book called, “Child’s Play 1 &2” by Wil van Haren and Rudolf Kischnick that goes through what games correspond developmentally with what ages, and I thought I would detail some of this for those of you planning your homeschooling year, or even just for parents who don’t remember many childhood games or what ages they played certain games!
I love this quote from page 114 of this book: True games are a source of health in which the child’s soul is repeatedly submerged, if he is not to miss our on the most valuable things. However, this is not the only requirement. In order to build up and play games and activities which are close to real life, it is important to have a thorough knowledge of the child’s essential core, on the one hand, and the moral value of the game relating to the particular stage of the child’s development, on the other. The metamorphoses in the child’s development sometimes require one thing, sometimes another. We should not lose sight of the child and his experiences of the world around him. In themselves, games are worthless if they are not played at the right time and with the appropriate spiritual attitude.
From about ages four to seven, Continue reading
Author Elizabeth Pantley recently contacted me and offered to send a copy of one of her books to review on my blog. I immediately thought of the “No-Cry Discipline Solution” for my readers.
Many of you coming from a background of attachment parenting are probably familiar with Elizabeth Pantley’s work. Her books on the Continue reading
This was a great post over at the Simplicity Parenting blog regarding the effects of de-cluttering a child’s room and eliminating the “too much stuff” syndrome: http://www.simplicityparenting.com/what-happened-when-i-simplified-our-lives/
In the United States, particularly here in the Deep South, children Continue reading
This chapter is entitled, “A Modern Path of Meditation and Inner Development”, which talks about the two worlds that Rudolf Steiner perceived – one a physical world of things we can see, feel and touch, and a second world of spiritual realms. Steiner felt that each of us held inside us a dormant capacity to be in touch with this spiritual world. He developed a series of exercises and meditations for this purpose.
Although Steiner did acknowledge the meditative traditions of the Far East, he saw his exercises as not a way to attain an enlightenment to escape suffering or the cycle of birth, life, death but as a way to assist the further development of all of humanity by using new creativity and new insights to help all of humanity. Therefore, Steiner’s view on inner development was not just for the person doing this, but a way to assist others. I feel this moral and social component driving Steiner’s insights into inner development uniquely reflects his time and place in the world.
In order to be ready to begin spiritual work in Steiner’s view, one had to Continue reading