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The Power of God at Home: Nurturing Our Children in Love and Grace

ISBN: 978-0-7879-5588-5
224 pages
January 2003, Jossey-Bass
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The Power of God at Home by Bradley J. Wigger provides both a biblical model and practical suggestions for helping the entire family become aware of God's presence in everyday life. He thoughtfully reveals the powerful formative influence of family life and shows that homes are the places where some of the deepest, most important learning takes place. Wigger-- a husband, father, and professor of Christian education-- uses honest examples from his own family life that open a window to grace and encourage parents to take a second look at their own homes, their own faith, and how home and faith connect in their lives. The Power of God at Home offers a refreshing perspective on family life, revealing families as potential bearers of God's grace and blessing and telling us how we can play this role more intentionally and thoughtfully.
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J. Bradley Wigger is a professor of Christian education, director of the Center for Congregations and Family Ministries at Louisville Seminary, and an editor of the journal Family Ministry: Empowering Through Faith.
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"The Power of God at Home invites us to move beyond the mechanics of parenting and explore the spiritual practice of creating a family and home that nurture faith and ground identity. It weaves together essential ingredients (the biblical story, a realistic understanding of today's family, and concrete suggestions for how to begin) for helping parents and caring adults give our children the moral start they need in life."
— Marian Wright Edelman, president, Children's Defense Fund

"This highly engaging book brings fresh new insights to the difficult task of helping parents instruct their children in religious faith. Wigger weaves insights from his own family with reflections on biblical stories. The result is a retelling of the stories that shows how richly they can add to any child's experience of the dynamics of family life. Parents, pastors, and religious educators will benefit from this valuable book."
— Robert Wuthnow, director, Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University

"With clear and compelling descriptions Brad Wigger makes available a rich set of resources within the Christian tradition, the Bible, and communities of faith to strengthen the sacred rhythms of family and religion. He provides a theological and biblical primer that many of us within the church have looked for as we seek to be teachers and spiritual guides to our children."
— from the Foreword by Mark Yaconelli, codirector, Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project, San Francisco Theological Seminary and coauthor, Way to Live: Practicing Our Faith with Youth


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