The Busy Family's Guide to Spirituality

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The Busy Family's Guide to Spirituality

Practical Lessons for Modern Living From the Monastic Tradition

Drawing on timeless principles of monastic communal living, this spiritual guide for families offers effective tools to meet challenges and counteract the divisive forces that can splinter a healthy home.

Hectic schedules and competing interests chip away at the sense of community and support that family members need to thrive. David Robinson synthesizes his rich experience as a father, pastor, teacher, and member of a monastic community to help families address modern-day challenges and cultivate a sense of togetherness and spiritual nurture.

Each chapter of this book includes a practical lesson from the Benedictine traditions that have been cornerstones of Western Christian monastic life for millennia. Spiritual practice, making time, discipline, sharing, hospitality, and changing family dynamics are some of the topics addressed in this wise and wide-ranging handbook, while 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.

Reviews and endorsements

The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality is packed with creative, practical ideas that Robinson has devised for deepening family spirituality and harmony. He gives us guidelines for establishing family meetings, lists of Scripture themes, simple ways to pray the psalms, and ideas for celebrating the liturgical seasons together. At the end of each chapter, family exercises offer practical activities for simple reference. The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality is the most innovative book I have seen in the area of family spirituality. Like Benedict’s Rule, The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality is well grounded in Scripture. Benedict’s spirituality lends itself to finding God in the everyday family environment yet challenges us to seek greater holiness.”
Spiritual Life: A Journal of Contemporary Spirituality

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“This book is 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


"Families would be enriched both spiritually and humanly if they read and applied the wisdom of St. Benedict as distilled by the author. The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality is a rich book with many spiritual nuggets for the reader to mine and profit from.”
John O’Connell, editor, The Catholic Faith Magazine

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“Robinson’s enjoyable and easy-to-read prose made Benedict's rule come alive for me: I could easily see how to apply the rule to my family cloister.”
John Davis, oblate, St. Andrew Abbey

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“Families are a kind of monastic community. The Busy Family’s Guide to Spirituality is a truly fresh and new resource for all who want their homes and families to be places of nurturing and safety and hope. This is practical and real and hope-filled, a must for every family—of every configuration.”
Laura Swan, O.S.B., author of Engaging Benedict: What the Rule Can Teach Us Today 

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I’ve shared the book with friends and all have gotten a little closer to God because of it.”
Brother Martin, monk, Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey, Lafayette, Oregon

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9780824525248
Paperback / 248 pages
Dimensions: 5.375 x 8.25
CROSSROAD, 2009