Parents & Grandparents as Spiritual Guides: Nurturing Children of the Promise

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Today, we're increasingly disconnected from one another. Our mobile society, incessant busyness and let's just not get involved tendencies create a tragic break in relationships and diminishes the sense of community - even within families.

Some parents communicate with their children by texting or by cellphone - within the family home! Among sports practices, recitals, day camp, school and other activities, spiritual nurture is often one of the first casualties.

"Spirituality makes persons look beyond themselves to the well-being of those around them," writes Cloyd. "How we care for the spirituality of our children, then, is not only crucial for their own well-being; it is crucial for the well-being of our society as well. Spiritual training is a primary role for parents and other family members. It cannot, must not, be neglected or relegated to some other person or agency."

Cloyd explores the simple ways parents and grandparents can introduce children to the presence of God and nurture them spiritually - even through daily, routine activities as well as planned devotional times. This must-have book includes biblical models of spiritual guides along with insightful stories from children, Christian educators and the author's own experience as parent and grandparent.

Attentiveness to God's daily presence gives the family (and society) the root system that's necessary to live with whatever events life brings. It's been said we provide children wings, but we also have to give them roots! Roots first, then wings. Parents & Grandparents as Spiritual Guides will help you do that.

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Betty Shannon Cloyd is a diaconal minister and consultant in prayer and spiritual formation. She served as director of children's ministry at McKendree United Methodist Church and diaconal minister of Christian education at Hermitage United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. While serving with her husband as a missionary, she worked with children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa and later among the Navajo people.

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