The author blends spiritual narratives and biblical stories with behavioral theory to explainmodern family life and its unique contributions to faith formation. This book offers hope andencouragement for people who have thought that God could not possibly bless them in theirpeculiar relationships or families. Using archetypes and behavior development frameworks while interpreting and retelling biblicalstories, the book features both personal and traditional stories of faith, complemented by thecontemporary insights of cognitive scientists, including Gardner, Eisner and others. Chapter Summary1. Naked and Confused - Bad Parenting 101 Beginning with Adam and Eve, the process ofgrowing realistic relationships. 2. Children in Conflict - We Barely Left the Garden Life among siblings and the challenges tobe faithful in the back seat of the family car. 3. Inheritance and Tradition - Eating with Pigs Again The usurper, worthy heir, prodigal childand non-prodigal child in all of us. 4. Marriage and Fidelity - Finding Love in all the Wrong Places Jacob, David and a host ofcharacters help us to understand what not to do in relationships. 5. Aging Gracefully - Only Martyrs Still Look Marvelous Biblical characters share the wisdomof aging and challenges of being ignored and silenced. 6. Embracing the Child of God - Time to Run with Scissors God's desire for us to embraceour unique creation and individual gifts.
Church Publishing Inc.
Finding God in Very Human Relationships