Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. viii-9

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Series Foreword

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pp. ix-xii

Everyday practices matter for Christian faith. Our ordinary routines—eating, cooking, working, walking, shopping, playing, and parenting—are responses to the life God gives to the world. Christian faith claims that the ordinary materials and practices of human life are graced by God’s presence: basic foodstuffs become the body of Christ in a shared meal, water becomes...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

This short book has been years in the making. It began in July 1998, and I will continue to reflect on its themes for the rest of my life as I continue to parent. For the reflections and conversations that have sustained my work on the book, I have many to thank. Students in my courses at Austin Seminary on the care and theology of children have asked consistently perceptive questions. Colleagues at...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-6

On a Saturday evening in late July 1998, my wife, Molly, told me she had missed her period. After talking about it over dinner, we decided not to fret much about it. We told ourselves, “Sometimes women miss their periods,” even though Molly hadn’t ever missed hers before. As we nibbled on stir-fry, we found it difficult to talk about anything else, but eventually we moved...

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Chapter 1: Ordinary Routines, Ordinary Times

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pp. 7-48

Morning comes too soon, this time with the beep of an electronic watch. In the fog of a half-awake mind, I reach toward the familiar, irritating sound that announces, “Monday.” As I fumble for the button that turns off the device I will soon put on my wrist, I glance at the person next to me, who is still asleep. Somewhat to my surprise, I discover that it is not...

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Chapter 2: Parenting in Christian Traditions

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pp. 49-84

Although many of the challenges of parenting in twentyfirst- century America seem relatively new, wisdom to face those challenges can be gathered from earlier sources. When we turn to the Christian Scriptures, we find parents and children in joy and lament, in worship and work, in harmony and struggle. We also find customs of parenting that often differ markedly...

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Chapter 3: Toward a Theology of Parenting

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pp. 85-118

What does it mean to be a parent? How does Christian faith have an impact on the ordinary routines that occupy much of parents’ days? How does parenting influence our understanding of Christian faith? How might Christians draw on some of the wisdom about parenting from our collective past while being attentive...

Notes

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pp. 119-122

Suggestions for Further Reading

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pp. 123-124

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Reader's Guide

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pp. 125-144

If mealtimes with parents and children could be just right, what do you think they would look like? How do your ideals compare with your actual experiences of family meals? What is the importance of meals to the life of Christian faith? What are your biggest challenges as a parent? What are your greatest joys? (If you are not a parent, think about your challenges...