Drawing on timeless monastic principles, this spiritual guide for families offers effective tools to meet many challenges and counteract the divisive forces that can splinter a healthy home. Each chapter of this book includes a practical lesson from the rule of St. Benedict including: spiritual practice, making time, discipline, sharing, and hospitality. Exercises, checklists, and ideas for family activities are included at the end of every chapter. The gentle, reassuring tone offers encouragement to both traditional and nontraditional families, and reinforces the importance of parenting as a spiritual calling.
“A truly fresh and new resource for all who want their homes and families to be places of nurturing, safety, and hope. This is practical and real and hope-filled, a must for every family—of every configuration.” —LAURA SWAN, author,Engaging Benedict and The Forgotten Desert Mothers
“Because the Christian family is a little faith community, Robinson discovers insights for family living from the sixth-century writings of St. Benedict, founder of monastic communities.” —Catholic Spirit
“David Robinson, a Protestant pastor, has written a book that draws upon the Rule of St. Benedict to give counsel about modern family life.” —Catholic Faith Magazine
“Combining the tradition of the Benedictine order and his own experience, Robinson challenges the hectic lifestyle which so many families are caught up in today.” —Catholic News Service
“Packed with creative, practical ideas that Robinson has devised for deepening family spirituality and harmony.” —Spiritual Life: A Journal of Contemporary Spirituality
“A long-awaited gift for today’s Christian family. For those families who are seeking more out of life, trying to incorporate deeply-held Christian beliefs into the sometimes chaotic experience of family, or seeking ways to pray better and get along better, this book is ideal.” —Spiritual Book News