The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children

99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy Children is a helpful resource by Kathleen Long Bostrom, a Presbyterian minister and mother of three. Christian parents are always on the lookout for ideas on how to help their children delight in their spirituality.

99 Ways to Raise Spiritually Healthy ChildrenBostrom quotes theologian Howard Rice: "Spirituality is a pattern by which we shape our lives in response to our experience of God as a very real presence in and among us."

Children's spirituality is played out as they are eating, during what happens at school, and in the way friends are treated, how sports are played, technology is used, money is spent and daily chores are done.

Each section of the book includes a biblical passage and a provocative question. We especially liked Bostrom's treatments of these themes: learn how to lose, write a family creed, practice hospitality, make manners matter, and be kind to animals (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010).


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