This collection of essays from bestselling authors Barbara Kingsolver, Barry Lopez, Scott Russell Sanders and others reflects on how parenting challenges, enriches, and magnifies our spiritual selves . Parents will find in these essays moments of joyful recognition and compassionate understanding for the unique spiritual adventure of raising children.
I'd been warned that the day would dawn when my sweet, tractable daughter would become a Terrible Two. And still this entirely predictable thing broadsided me, because in the beginning she was mine-as much a part of my body, literally, as my own arms and legs. The milk I drank knit her bones in place, and her hiccups jarred me awake at night. Children come to us as a dramatic coup of the body's fine inner will, and the process of sorting out "self" from "other" is so gradual as to be invisible to a mother's naked soul. In our hearts, we can't expect one of our own limbs to stand up one day and announce its own agenda. It's too much like a Stephen King novel.
--from Barbara Kingsolver, "Civil Disobedience at Breakfast"
Table Of Contents:
Waking Life, Alexandra Fuller Boundary Loss, Noelle Oxenhandler Mountain Music I, Scott Russell Sanders Gardening with the Raucous Fairy, Tracy Springberry Deadfall, Jack Nisbet Expecting Adam, Martha Beck Children in the Woods, Barry Lopez Palsy, Beth Kephart
Struggles with Love
The Driving Lesson, Gerald Early Ashes, Anne Lamott The End of Summer, Debra Gwartney Civil Disobedience at Breakfast, Barbara Kingsolver Solomon's Blanket, Marjorie Sandor Kicking and Screaming (but Going Anyway) , Gina Petrie The Demon's Looking Glass, Nadine Chapman Room for One More, Nancy Mairs
At Blackhorse Lake, Jonathan Johnson A Theory of Falling Bodies, Cora Schenberg Ordinary Time, D.S. Butterworth Saved, Jess Walter Emmanuel, Laura Read 2:45 P.M. , Marion Winik Birthing a New World, Rosemary Bray McNatt The Rabbi's Garage, Betsy Wharton Orthopraxy, Sarah Conover Hopey Stories, Brian Doyle