- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Chalice Press (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0827211228
- ISBN-13: 978-0827211223
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In a culture that has become isolating, technological, fractious, and cold, Traci Smith has given us a survival kit of practices to help families stay close to what is sacred, meaningful, intimate, and alive. Faithful Families will not only help parents nurture the souls of their children, it will keep them sane within the chaotic forces of 21st century family life. --Mark Yaconelli, author of The Gift of Hard Things and Contemplative Youth Ministry
This book is a must-have for any family wishing to live as faithful disciples of Jesus. Traci Smith has created a gold mine of resources, ideas, and practices that invite children, teens, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, houseguests, pets everyone who makes up all kinds of families to actively form one another in authentic Christian faith. Get this book for your family. Give it to families in your faith community. Drop copies of it from an airplane. It s sure to have an impact on all who use it. --David M. Csinos, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Atlantic School of Theology and Founder of Faith Forward
Traci Smith teaches us how to slow down, to create sacred space and time in order to nurture a child's soul. This book is a gift of the spirit. --Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author of God s Paintbrush, Creation s First Light, and many other award-winning children s books
About the Author
Traci Smith has spent more than thirteen years helping families find meaningful connections in living their faith together. She is the author of two books with Chalice Press, Faithful Families (formerly Seamless Faith) and Fellowship of Prayer (2015), and a contributor to Out of the Deep: Pastoring in Creative Space. Traci has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and is pastor of Northwood Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas, where she lives with her husband and children.
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This is an easy to use book that presents ideas in a straight forward method. Early in the book, Traci encourages families to create a sacred space. She gives four key ideas. Focus on Comfort, avoid Clutter, engage all the Senses and make it Inclusive of all family members. Excellent ideas. This section alone is worth reading and adapting in a home.
The book then looks at everyday traditions, like bedtime and meal time. From there it shares ideas for Holy Days during the year. The section on Easter Sunrise Breakfast is delightful and could create a new family tradition. Solid ideas that are easy to implement.
Two full chapters look at spiritual practices with rich ideas. One of those is on hospitality. This section has ideas that include having an honored guest at your house.
At the end of the book is a helpful section for grandparents and another section for ministers and ministry leaders. Both sections have good advice. I will be sharing this with the many grandparents in my church.
I am very excited to share this rich resource with the families in my church.
There are rituals for dealing with current events, for building compassion and generosity, and for comforting and celebrating during life's changes. I particularly like the rituals for building spirituality into everyday moments. I am surprised every time I look through this book at how helpful the practices are. Not just for kids, but they are meaningful for adults, too.
This book is written by a Christian pastor, but parents of any faith, or no faith at all, will find themselves turning to the practices in this book to strengthen their family and guide their children in spirituality. Every parent should have a copy of this book - and my mom gives it to every person she knows who has a baby.