I publish a post about my favorite Christian books about once a year, and in this Eastertide, I wanted to update what I have been currently reading and enjoying.
As part of the Anglican communion, we look toward the Church Fathers and many Celtic Saints as a source of illumination. The book “Aidan, Bebe, Cuthbert: Three Inspirational Saints” by Vicar David Adam (who was ordained in Durham Cathedral, the burial place of the Venerable Bede and St. Cuthbert and who became Vicar of the Holy Island of Lindisfarne (where St. Aidan and St. Cuthbert lived), is a wonderful interweaving of the lives of these three Saints. Wonderful read for those interested in these saints!
My twelve and a half year old daughter has read all the books by local (to us) author Jenny Cote. This is the latest one she has read: http://www.amazon.com/Wind-Road-Epic-Order-Seven/dp/0899577938/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398907506&sr=8-1&keywords=the+wind+the+road+and+the+way. This Christian series is a nice read for this age group.
I keep waiting for an Anglican parenting book to come out, but there are not any except an Anglican Family Prayer Book. So, I recently bought a copy of “Orthodox Christian Parenting – Cultivating God’s Creation” by Zoe Press. I highly recommend it to Christian readers who are coming from a basis of Holy Tradition and the Fathers of the Church as a lens for raising children. Here is a link to this from Amazon; I am not certain if it is available cheaper somewhere else, but I did get my copy through Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Orthodox-Christian-Parenting-Cultivating-Creation/dp/0985191503/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398907794&sr=8-1&keywords=orthodox+christian+parenting
Right now, I am reading “What Is Anglicanism?” by Urban T. Holmes. This is a good, solid read for those wanting to understand the history and theological foundations of Anglicanism. There are so many deep and resounding thoughts in this one, especially in the chapter regarding “radical incarnationalism”; an appropriate theme for Eastertide!
Please share what you are reading!
Blessings on your Eastertide,
We began this journey in January, and we are at the end of our (non-consecutive) 31 days. In the vein of those who set a New Year’s intention with “one word”, we have progressed through 31 words in order to help build our foundation for homes of peace. This work grew specifically out of an impulse for parents who wanted help to not yell at their children.
Here are our 31 words for your meditation, thought and consideration:
Perhaps one of these words resonates strongly with you, and you would like to do artistic work with this word. Perhaps you would like to carry one of these words in your heart for some time. There are many ways to work with these ideas in an individual manner.
Many blessings, and peace on your home,
Our 31 days to the inner rhythm of the heart, the root foundation of a house of peace, is in progress. In the vein of those who are setting a New Year’s intention with “one word”, I offer the word of today to you: missing . Read on for more…
What are you missing by being so stressed out and angry at your children all the time?
You are missing peace of mind and heart.
You are missing opportunities for good connection and bonding.
You are missing building a great family.
You are missing the joy of having small children which will never come again.
You are missing building great relationships with your children.
You are missing laughter and fun.
You are missing kindness.
Don’t miss out!
Build your gentleness, your kindness and your patience.
Create peace in your homes.
Create connection and bonding.
Create a great family!
Create great relationships!
Create laughter and fun!
Here are a few upcoming events that could be helpful to some families. Please take what resonates with you.
One is this free teleconference dealing with Rites of Passages for boys and girls: http://www.ritesofpassageevent.com/. The event runs from October 22 through November 2nd if you are interested in signing up.
Melisa Nielsen sent me a note that A Little Garden Flower is running a bootcamp for planning. You can see the link for that program here: http://waldorfessentials.com/blog/2012/10/planning-bootcamp-pass-it-on/
Here is the link to Suzanne Down’s upcoming book, “The Adventures of Old Gnome Through The Year” : http://junipertreepuppets.com/the-adventures-of-old-gnome-and-frog-from-the-log/ I just love Suzanne Down; if you get a chance to take a class with her, just run to see her! You can access her list of what cities she is visiting and more about her puppetry training course on her home page here: http://junipertreepuppets.com/events/
Here is a sneak preview for end of the year/January 2012 plans for The Parenting Passageway!
We will be finishing up our chapter by chapter look at “The Well-Balanced Child” and starting our NEW book, “The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert” by John M Gottman, PhD and Nan Silver. Dr. Gottman has, in 91 percent of the couples he has studied in three separate studies, predicted whether that couple’s marriage would succeed or fail. This fascinating book was a NY Times best-seller and you can buy used copies so cheaply on Amazon or get it through your local library. Here is the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Principles-Making-Marriage-Work/dp/0609805797/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325018006&sr=8-1
In January, we will also be taking a look at what I see as the foundation of successful homeschooling and parenting: inner work and personal development, religion and the creation of family culture. I have eight facets of family culture in mind to look at with you all in a very special series that I hope will get everyone thinking about providing a mindful vision for their own family life.
I will also be continuing the virtual tea regarding the pillars of Waldorf Education with Lisa Boisvert-Mackenzie at Celebrating the Rhythm of Life/ Wonder of Childhood and with other bloggers who would like to join in. Here is the link to Lisa’s latest tea post: http://www.celebratetherhythmoflife.com/2011/12/lemniscate-and-senses.html
The winner of the Sparkle Stories giveaway, chosen by a random number generator, is Star from Faerymother blogspot: http://faerymother.blogspot.com/
Star, thank you for being my reader, and I thank everyone for their interest!
As generated by a random number generator, the winner is Irene!
Irene wrote: congrats! <3 I would love to get some kite paper and make window stars to brighten up our home as the days get shorter and shorter and to give away as gifts for the Holidays.
Thank you Irene, and thank you all for participating, and all your kind wishes for The Parenting Passageway. The past three years have been fun ones!