Sacred Stories of Ordinary Families: Living the Faith in Daily Life
When families are faced with crises and challenges- unemployment,
the untimely death of a family member, natural disasters and
chronic illnesses- those who seem to weather the crisis best are
often those who have an active spiritual dimension to their lives
together. And in times of joy and celebration families with strong
spiritual lives rejoice in deeper and more wondrous ways. But what
exactly is it that characterizes faith and spirituality in family
life? Identifying resilience, strength, and faith in the stories of
all kinds of families, Sacred Stories of Ordinary Families
motivates readers to think about how faith shapes their own family
lives. Drawn from Diana R. Garland's extensive interviews with
110 families, this book includes stories from ordinary families
whose lives together both reveal and rely on extraordinary faith.
Diana R. Garland is the chair of the School of Social Work Department at Baylor University and director of Baylor's Center for Family and Community Ministries. Her previous works include Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide.
Foreword Preface Chapter 1 Melodies for Daily Life Chapter 2 The Challenge of Being Family Chapter 3 Binding Families Together Chapter 4 Faith That Sustains Us Chapter 5 The Challenging Practices of Living Faith Chapter 6 Kitchen Linoleum as Holy Ground Chapter 7 The Congregation as a Community of Families Your Family Stories: Questions for Reflection Thinking About Families and Faith: A Discussion Guide for Groups References The Author Index.