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Product Details

  • Paperback: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Gilead Pr; 2 edition (November 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967571308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967571300
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

SHEA DARIAN (1959-) was born in Jefferson City, MO, and grew up in the Midwest. Shea has been a family educator for over twenty years. Her most recent parenting book - Living Passages for the Whole Family: Celebrating Rites of Passage from Birth to Adulthood - is a Next Generation Indie Book Awards gold medalist and a Nautilus Book Awards winner.  Shea is mother to two young adults; she and her partner, Andrew, reside in Phoenix, AZ.

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SHEA DARIAN (1959-) is an award-winning author who has been a family educator for over twenty years. Shea's 2011 revised edition of Sanctuaries of Childhood: Nurturing a Child's Spiritual Life is a ForeWord Book of the Year finalist and a Next Generation Indie Book Awards gold medalist. Shea's Living Passages for the Whole Family: Celebrating Rites of Passage from Birth to Adulthood (2008) - is also a Next Generation Indie Book Awards gold medalist and a Nautilus Book Awards winner. Shea is mother to two young adults; she and her partner, Andrew, reside in Lebanon, PA.

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The stories, the poems, the songs in this book are beautiful.
Bobbi@ProvidentLivingHomestead
If you want to enjoy a fuller parenting life, and help your children to grow strong and secure in a balanced home setting, this is the book for you.
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What impressed me most about this book was that it is so well organized and contains so many topics.
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128 of 132 people found the following review helpful By ChristineMM TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 30, 2000
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This book is a resource of rituals for parents to help guide their children through the rhythms of the day. This is a book inspired by the works of Rudolph Steiner (called Anthroposophy) and the Waldorf Education method that he created. This book is recommended for parents of Waldorf students. Those homeschooling with a Waldorf-inspired flavor will definitely be interested in this book. There are Anthroposophical statements peppered throughout the book that are not explained at all. Those not interested in Anthroposophy can just ignore these statements and use the various songs, verses, etc.

The book is very well organized by general theme. This book is about rhythm in daily life, so the topics are: waking up, mealtime, playtime, work, quiet time, healing from injury, bedtime, and weekend family time. Special chapters for parents only are "personal renewal" and parents as peacemakers. A long appendix offers resources for music, verses, and stories. Every section is organized by the following topics: general discussion about the author's reflections, simple rituals, insights, songs, a listing of pertinent stories in various books, and an actual story to tell (text of story written out). The songs include sheet music and all the notations so that an instrument may be played along as it is sung. Music is in the pentatonic scale as recommended by Rudolph Steiner. Many of the songs and verses were written by the author.

What impressed me most about this book was that it is so well organized and contains so many topics. This is a wonderful jumping off point for beginning to celebrate rhythm and rituals into normal daily life with our children. There is enough material here for the parent to design their own circle time. Another bonus is the personal insight and opinion that Ms.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Moore on June 19, 2003
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This book changed my life!
Establishing rituals with my child was difficult and I lacked the creativity to aid in making our difficult "transitional" times more peaceful. Seven Times The Sun helped me not only with their recommendations but it fostered my own creativity on how to modify particular "ideas" that fit our lifestyle.
I don't think this book is for everyone, but if you have an open mind and are not afraid to try new and different strategies to enrich your children...buy this book. This book opened me up to creating rituals and making the most out of everyday situations....and cherishing each and every moment with my child. It opened up an even greater spirituality than what we had prior!
Peace
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By H on December 15, 2012
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I was disappointed with this book, but I believe that's mostly a result of not having an accurate picture of its contents before purchasing. There are no excerpts available, and the summary is vague. With its subtitle, "Guiding Your Child Through the Rhythms of the Day," I'd expected an informational text suggesting ideas for routines and transitions for families. This book does offer a little of that (though far less than can be found on some of the wonderful Waldorf blogs available for free), but it's mostly filled with verses, songs, and book recommendations to use during different periods of a typical day. Very useful for someone seeking those resources, but light on the practical application of such things.

The verses, songs, and short stores are mostly written or rewritten by the author, with a few traditional folk songs/verses mixed in. They're very simplistic and, yes, extremely hokey. This isn't necessarily a negative thing, as our family enjoys a good measure of silliness in our lives. Do not go in expecting much depth from these resources, though. They're the sort of songs one makes up on the fly while going about one's day. In this way, they were useful for inspiration to make up our own songs and verses.

There is a lot of God-centered religion throughout the book. We're a religious family, but not members of the same denomination as the author. We don't do rote prayers or use the same worship language she does or participate in "prayer corners" and such, so this was largely useless for our family. It will likely be useful for members of the author's faith, members of faiths similar to hers, or those who are spiritual without subscribing to a particular religion.

The author's writing style is not to my taste, very forced folksy (comin' and goin').
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Rune reader on December 12, 2001
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I purchased this book to use with the children in my preschool story-time groups.Though this is not the purpose for which it was intended, I have found it useful not only to use with children, but to reach my own "inner child".
It has excellent ideas to incorporate into family routines, to build family rituals and establish your home as a safe haven for all family members. It includes songs, poetry, stories and parental suggestions for use thoughout the day, from waking your child gently in the morning to putting him gently to bed at night.
I would like to think that parents are nurturing their children in the manner suggested by Ms.Darian--it would certainly be a healthier environment than the isolated rush to maturity that seems to be the norm for many children.
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