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This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World Paperback – December 14, 2017
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In this beautiful and timely memoir, mother and son share insights from a family's spiritual awakening, a journey that led to a deep experience of God and a new way of life in the world. Not only do they offer practical advice on faith formation, but they tackle a difficult question: How does faith prepare us not only life's joys but for its most shocking tragedies? The answer is deceptively simple: by paying attention to the Spirit and trusting one another. Read this one and weep. And discover the hope of a child. —Diana Butler Bass, author, Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1612619258
- Paperback : 196 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612619255
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Publisher : Paraclete Press (December 14, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,556,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Central to the book is a catastrophic event, the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre, which wounded the heart of the nation but which Sophfronia’s family experienced as a personal tragedy. Early in the book, Sophfronia writes about the paradox of light and darkness, a theme she repeats in her description of the events of December 14, 2012: in his third-grade classroom during the shootings, Tain was physically unharmed, while in a nearby classroom, his dear friend and Sophfronia’s godson Ben was killed. She writes about other difficult, painful experiences in her life, including a miscarriage scare, her inability to conceive another child, pre-publication issues with her latest novel, through all of which her faith abides.
Sophfronia’s parenting style personifies the premise that “to love is to listen and pay attention.” This isn’t a book about coercing children into regular church attendance but is a guide to helping a child find his/her own way into faith, as a practice as well as a concept, which may also solidify one’s personal faith and beliefs.
This book will be a valuable resource to parents who have questions about the religious life of their child. Sophfronia respects Tain’s interest in faith matters and encouraged his growth. She seems to have had the ability to allow him to grow, providing opportunities for his faith to develop without stifling him. The book is also a wonderful story of a religious conversion, and so often, when a person’s religious story is told, it can help us to grow in faith as well. Another strength of the book is it is well written. Professionally Sophfronia is a writer of a novel and numerous essays. She catches a reader’s attention and does not let it go until she is finished telling her story. “This Child of Faith” will be an excellent resource for any religious parenting group, people involved with preparing parents for a child’s baptism, and could lead to interesting discussions as a book club selection.
THIS CHILD OF FAITH will be released on December 14, 2017 five years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.