In this series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
(It’s Halloween and not too early to think about Christmas gifts!)
The Mindful Grandparent: The Art of Loving Our Children’s Children
by Shirley Showalter and Marilyn McEntyre
Broadleaf Books, May 2022
Making memories and fostering relationships with our grandchildren in a fast-moving culture isn’t easy, and a legacy that lasts isn’t crafted overnight. With twelve grandchildren between them, educators and co-authors of The Mindful Grandparent Marilyn McEntyre and Shirley Showalter know how important it is to tend to the small ones in our lives. Grandparents can help little ones learn to value relationships over things, lap time over screen time. They can help grandchildren live with intention, attentive to others, to nature, and to the diverse, beautiful, and troubled social world around them. Through ideas teamed with simple practices and engaging stories, The Mindful Grandparent covers topics such as cultivating curiosity, giving meaningful gifts, helping children explore difficult topics, building a grandparent team, honoring adult children’s boundaries, and managing technology.
To Be Made Well: An Invitation to Wholeness
by Amy Julia Becker
Herald Press, March 2022
In To Be Made Well, Amy Julia Becker weaves together her own story with reflections on biblical accounts of Jesus’ healing work, providing fresh insight into both the nature of healing and the pathway to healing, then and now. This book is a powerful invitation to personal, spiritual, and social healing as we reconnect to our bodies and souls, to God, and to our communities. For anyone struggling with pain or loss, for anyone concerned about the things that divide us, this book goes beyond wellness and beyond miraculous physical transformations to explore how we can—personally and collectively—be made well.
Parenting for a Better World: Social Justice Practices for Your Family and the Planet
Edited by Susanna Snyder and Ellen Ott Marshall
with chapters by Ingrid C.A. Rasmussen and Don Saliers
Chalice Press, May 2022
Parenting for a Better World shows there are all sorts of ways we can make a real difference from within our own homes. Even busy parents can work with their families for global justice. Without pressing you to do it all, this book offers spiritual resources for reflecting on the relationship between your faith, your calling for justice, and your commitment to parenting. Find encouragement from fellow parents who weave together stories of caregiving, activism, and scripture that affirm your sense of calling. Plus it offers practical strategies to help committed (and over-committed) people integrate caregiving and justice work into their daily lives.