How does one develop a space for one's children free from the worst aspects of the surrounding culture? How to foster a spiritual life where children can develop a vision of God, themselves, and the world, and an approach to Him through prayer and the habits of daily life? Mary Reed Newland, in We and Our Children, here offers wise counsel on making the home a domestic chuHow does one develop a space for one's children free from the worst aspects of the surrounding culture? How to foster a spiritual life where children can develop a vision of God, themselves, and the world, and an approach to Him through prayer and the habits of daily life? Mary Reed Newland, in We and Our Children, here offers wise counsel on making the home a domestic church for the raising of Catholic children in holiness, truth, and the Christian virtues. All things central to a child's life - play, work, school, creative activity, family responsibilities, prayer, the sacraments, and the Mass - are shown to be occasions for encouraging a spiritual outlook and the formation of sound Catholic habits. Here is an inspiring and common-sense guide to help all Catholic parents develop the spiritual and moral character of their children....
|Title||:||We and Our Children: How to Make a Catholic Home|
|Number of Pages||:||286 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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We and Our Children: How to Make a Catholic Home Reviews
This books was written fifty years ago, but is filled with great truths about raising a family. It is filled with ideas on how to talk to your children about faith. It does briefly mention spanking, but not enough to turn me off the book.
Newland originally wrote this book in the mid-1950's...despite its age, this book is just packed with great advice for how to live a more distinctively Catholic life as a family. Much (though not all) of Newland's advice and tips are just as relevant today as they were over 60 years ago. In some sense, this book will likely make almost any modern Catholic family think that they are coming up very short in raising kids in an authentically Catholic way, but not because Newland speaks in a condescending way in the book. In fact, one cannot help but see the real joy that her family possessed and to desire it. This is a book written not by an ivory tower phd, but one based on real, in-the-trenches, lived experience, and Newland's portrayal of that experience is refreshing and very authentic.Newland covers a wide range of family life and living it in a Catholic way - family fun, prayer, discipline, religious observation, evangelization, education, among others. Readers looking for help in a specific area can jump right to that section. In my case, I found myself quickly scanning through areas where are family was stronger, and reading more thoughtfully in areas where fresh ideas would be most helpful. There are certainly some of Newland's ideas that one could quibble with, but as an overall package, those quibbles are likely to be minor for almost any good-willed reader.
I love love love this book! I have read it through once, and now I use it as a sort of manual and guide for celebrating liturgy in our home. I refer to it often and I love the insights of the author as a mother with more experience than me.