According to a recent study, 85 percent of parents believe they hold the primary responsibility for teaching religious beliefs to their children, and yet most don't act on this belief. Many parents just don't feel prepared to teach the spiritual disciplines to their kids. In this book, authors Valerie E. Hess and Marti Watson Garlett, Ph. D., give parents resources and specific ideas to intentionally develop their child's faith. Loving and diligent adults will learn all about the spiritual disciplines--including study, meditation, service, worship, and more--so they can model and teach them to their kids.
Teach your children the basics of the spiritual disciplines. Broken down into bite-sized, age-specific exercises, the foundations of the Christian life will become lifetime habits. Practice the spiritual disciplines as a family by:
- Serving others in a practical way
- Simplifying schedules and possessions
- Developing new habits of worship
- Meditating on specific Bible passages
Valerie E. Hess speaks and teaches extensively on the spiritual disciplines. She has helped develop many Renovaré small groups, writing a monthly newsletter to support them. Valerie and her husband live in Boulder, Colorado.
Marti Watson Garlett, Ph.D., has more than thirty years of experience as an educator, author, and worldwide lecturer. She has written numerous articles and two previous books, Who Will Be My Teacher? and Kids with Character. Currently she serves as the founding dean of the innovative online Teachers College established at Western Governors University. Dr. Garlett and her husband live in Azusa, California.
Based solidly on Richard Foster's classic work Celebration of Discipline, this book takes some of the basic components of Christian discipline-including prayer, fasting, meditation, study, service and worship-and adapts them for the very young. The first half of each chapter explains a particular spiritual discipline to parents, and encourages them to practice it in their own lives. The second half offers suggestions for teaching the discipline to children of various ages, with ideas for hands-on learning activities. For example, a school-age child can keep a prayer journal, recording prayer requests and, when possible, answers received; a younger child can give up sugary foods once a week and remember that time with God is the best "dessert" of all. Many parents will appreciate the authors' suggestions about the discipline of simplicity, teaching children to let go not only of unnecessary material things but also of obligations that are not helping them grow spiritually. This is a wise, essential book. Copyright 2004 Publishers Weekly
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