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Books on Family, Parenting & Community

The Joy of Family Rituals: Recipes for Everyday Living
by Barbara Biziou

Let rituals strengthen and celebrate your family. This warm and inspirational book offers an array of "ritual recipes," from those that acknowledge ordinary routines (mealtimes, baths, bedtimes) to rituals that commemorate significant life passages (parenthood, new siblings, puberty) and special family occasions (birthdays and anniversaries). It also includes rituals for first times, last times, and hard times (losing a pet). 
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10 Principles for Spiritual Parenting: Nurturing Your Child's Soul
by Mimi Doe, Marsha Fayfield Walch
This mother-daughter team offers practical advice for parents who wish to bring more spirituality into their parenting as well as their children's day-to-day life. Parents, regardless of whether they belong to an organized religion or not, report that the book has been profoundly inspirational. Each chapter is devoted to 1 of the 10 principles of spiritual parenting and includes ruminations as well as specific suggestions. 
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Busy but Balanced: Practical and Inspirational Ways to Create a Calmer, Closer Family
by Mimi Doe

The ideas in Busy but Balanced are for the people who need them the most--those of us out in the world putting our longings, goals, and ideas into action and balancing that with creating a nourishing home and deeply connecting with our children. It's not about giving up desire but, instead, creating a right relationship with all aspects of ourselves and our world.
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Faith in the Family: Honoring and Strengthening Home and Spirit
by Dale Salwak
a celebration of the ties that bind and a refreshing look at how much families have to offer children and adults alike. Dr. Salwak successfully combines captivating storytelling with spiritual insight to create part history, part story, and part advice for reaping the rewards of family life. His advice throughout the book is firmly grounded in Judeo-Christian traditions and yet presents a wide range of other teachings on family and kinship, including the insights of other great writers.
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The Path of Parenting: Twelve Principles to Guide Your Journey
by Vimala McClure

The definition of "family" -- not to mention family structures and values -- is changing with lightning speed. As we enter a new millennium, adults are seeking new meaning to guide them in their role as parents. This book offers 12 principles based on t'ai chi to make the experience both satisfying and enlightening. 
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The Tao of Motherhood
by Vimala McClure, Lao-Tzu Tao Te Ching
The Tao of Motherhood is ideal for mothers who long to blend their spirituality into parenting. This collection of brief essays draws upon the ancient teachings of Lao Tzu, reminding mothers of the fundamental truths that prevail when every other piece of parenting advice fails. Because the passages are brief, the book is accessible at any harried moment. It is also applicable to every stage of motherhood--from tending to infants to the mothering of adult children; 
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Conscious Parenting
by Lee Lozowick
Anyone who cares for children needs to attend to the essential message of this book: that the first two years are the most crucial time in a child's education and development, and that children learn to be healthy and "whole" by living with healthy, whole adults. From the back cover.
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Girl in the Mirror: Mothers and Daughters in the Years of Adolescence
by Nancy L. Snyderman, Md and Peg Streep

Filled with practical wisdom and stories drawn not only from her experience with her own two adolescent daughters but those of other mothers from around the country, Girl in the Mirror offers readers a new vision: To see the years of adolescence as a time not of conflict but of opportunity for personal and spiritual growth for mothers and daughters alike. To be published February 2002. Order now.
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Rhythm of Compassion: Caring for Self, Connecting with Society
by Gail Straub
Using the primal rhythm of breath-in and breath-out, renowned author and teacher Gail Straub shows readers how they can serve the spirit and the planet simultaneously. Yes, it's a radical concept--considering the human tendency to gravitate toward one extreme or the other. But Straub offers compelling reasons why we must stay in balance. © Gail Hudson, Amazon.com
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Circle of Compassion: Meditations for Caring - For the Self and the World
by Gail Straub

Empowering collection of meditations to build compassion for the world and for the self. © Napra Review, Amazon.com
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Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming Our Voices As Spiritual Citizens
by Marianne Williamson
Williamson shows us that the principles which apply to our personal healing also apply to the healing of the larger world. Calling on Americans to turn the compassion in our hearts into a powerful force for social good, Williamson shows us how to transform spiritual activism into a social activism that will in turn transform America into a nation seriously invested in the hope of every child and in the potential of every adult. 
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A Call for Connection: Solutions for Creating a Whole New Culture
by Gail Bernice Holland
Holland reports on a pervasive global movement dedicated to spiritual growth and holistic concern for all life. What makes this book stand out amidst so much of the new paradigm blather is Holland's thorough reporting. © Gail Hudson, Amazon.com
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The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World
by Paul H. Ray, Ph.D., Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D. 

In this landmark book, sociologist Ray and psychologist Anderson reveal who the Cultural Creatives are and the fascinating story of their emergence over the last generation, using vivid examples and engaging personal stories to describe their distinctive values and lifestyles.
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