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biker
11-05-2005, 10:58 PM
Hey since I dont want to raise my kids has any one religion, and want them to be spiritual vice religious, can anyone reccomend any books to help me out here?

Dedeley
11-06-2005, 09:53 AM
Not sure if this post is going to help you, Biker, but I have the same sort of question. I have a ten year old who is inherently spiritual (meaning, we've done something right!) but we don't particularly want to follow an organized religion.

I have been doing a lot of research into wicca - the forum here on wicca is a good place to get a start to get a feel for it. There are so many books out there on the subject, it's hard to find a good starting point. Personally, it calls to me because it puts a name to my basic beliefs.

There is a ton of information out there. I would recommend witch.vox or wicca.com as a starting point. The other recent posting by Tapestry is very similar to this one.

On a totally unrelated topic, how many months do you have left?

Emyrldlady
11-06-2005, 10:15 AM
I have a lot of books on many religious subjects. I am pagan, I was raised Irish Catholic,
and have researched many cultures.

One book I found that helped me sort out some things in my mind was called "Chop Wood, Carry Water" I'm sorry I don't recall the author's name since the book was lent out many moons ago.

The book was not about a particular religion, but rather about your prsonal spirit, and simplifiying to you what was needed in life to be happy. It was more about clearing the clutter of your mind and heart.


hope that helps

Miracle Wench
11-06-2005, 04:50 PM
I have a lot of books on many religious subjects. I am pagan, I was raised Irish Catholic,
and have researched many cultures.

One book I found that helped me sort out some things in my mind was called "Chop Wood, Carry Water" I'm sorry I don't recall the author's name since the book was lent out many moons ago.

The book was not about a particular religion, but rather about your prsonal spirit, and simplifiying to you what was needed in life to be happy. It was more about clearing the clutter of your mind and heart.


hope that helps

This sounds like a great book. I will have to check it out myself.
I'm reading The Celestine Prophecy its a good book on experiencing life.
Welcome back Biker

Miracle Wench
11-09-2005, 10:56 AM
Hey since I dont want to raise my kids has any one religion, and want them to be spiritual vice religious, can anyone reccomend any books to help me out here?

Hey there I found a book at the used book store while looking for metaphysial books. I have looked through it, looks good. It covers a lot of different New age stuff.
There is in the back a a beliefs general contrast chart between Biblical Chritianity and New Age/Spiritistic/ Psychic. Its cool to get different views in one place.
I hope this helps.

Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs
by John Ankerberg & John Weldon
674pages. Harvest House Publishers written in 1996 ( I'm sure there is a more modern one out there.)

Gwenyver Etaine
11-09-2005, 11:27 AM
Hey since I dont want to raise my kids has any one religion, and want them to be spiritual vice religious, can anyone reccomend any books to help me out here?

As a parent, I understand what you asking (I think). There's a fine line between teaching and guiding your children to be good, spiritual people, while not necessarily feeling the need to indoctrinate them with a particular organized religion. This is actually a very serious bone of contention between myself and my mother (who is a very spiritual AND religious person).

Personally, I feel children learn best by example. If I and my husband have a 'do unto others' attitude, it will be learned by our children. In some ways, it's no different that children learning language, how to eat with a fork, go to the toilet, etc.

My mother, on the other hand, subscribes to the belief that children learn and thrive with structure and set limits, and organized religion follows that tenent. She's not completely wrong in her thinking, and it IS an accepted educational philosophy.

So...lol....as you can tell, this is something that gets discussed A LOT at family functions.

To your specific question, I don't know of any books that specifically address your question. However, I would encourage you not to completely dismiss going to a religious based store and checking out what they have there. I have read some books that, while I don't buy into the entire philosophy they're selling, does have valid and useful suggestions that I have applied with my children. The particular books that come to mind are the James Dobson series. His series are Christian based, but not necessarily denominational.

Good luck! Like my mom often says, "Raising children isn't for sissies."

KissMeKate
11-09-2005, 01:42 PM
I suggest a trip to one of the larger public libraries. Although they may not have the best selection, it's a place to start. I think spiritual growth is a very important part of growing up. I agree the Celestine Prophesy is a good book, as not only do you think more about your own spirituality, but you also get a really good idea about why people react and act they way they do, and how to not react to them in the way they are expecting.

You might also consider discussing similarities and differences between the major religions and spiritual groups as your kids get older (or for anyone for that matter). Even a basic understanding of other ideas can give us a view of tolerance and acceptance rather than blind denial.

Gwenyver Etaine
11-09-2005, 03:49 PM
This thread has been on my mind all day, and so, I've been googling! :shock:

Here are some links y'all might find interesting, as well as some links to some books I found on Amazon.

http://www.whatanicewebsite.com/buddhamom/Dec03newsletter.htm

http://www.catholicexchange.com/vm/index.asp?art_id=19777

http://www.arfamilies.org/family_life/family/community_connections/children_and_spirituality.asp

http://www.pertinent.com/pertinfo/business/spilgrim17.html

http://www.therapeuticresources.com/1885223234text.html


Some books on Amazon that might interest you:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1885223234/102-8741285-4267318?v=glance&n=283155&v=glance

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060952415/ref=bxgy_cc_img_b/102-8741285-4267318?%5Fencoding=UTF8

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062503987/102-8741285-4267318?v=glance&n=283155&%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance