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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Matthew Kelly's Building Better Families

I have been afforded the luxury of extra time to read lately, because of this I just finished Matthew Kelly's book Building Better Families A Practical Guide to Raising Amazing Children. I've listened to a few of his talks on CD and DVD and loved them, I was sure the book wouldn't disappoint and I was right.
 
He delivers a practical common sense approach on parenting in the twenty-first century. He encourages the reader to have a vision for their families, to know what you are up against, to lead by being a great example, to persevere and inspire.
What are your children listening to? They hear stories through music, books, video games, magazines, the Internet, television -- and they are becoming the stories they listen to.
Is there any question of this truth? I started the book a few months ago and finished it days after the horrific events in Newtown, CT. I couldn't help but look at all the things I underlined in the book and see a connection to what we as Americans are teaching, or letting be taught, to our children and how that is impacting current events.
Matthew Kelly encourages parents to help children understand the value of making mistakes, to find the answer when they don't know it and for us to set forth good examples and mentors.
Celebrate who and what you want your children to grow to be and become. We become what we celebrate.
I couldn't agree more. Comments like these made me stop and think about what my husband and I celebrate and how that will affect our children and their behaviors.
Teach and encourage them to develop and nurture their spiritual side. Most people are very uncomfortable in the silence and solitude. For this reason, they have to be around people all the time and have noise on all the time. Until we are comfortable in our own company we are at the mercy of our peer group and wherever they may lead us.
In addition to my desire to teach this to my children, I liked this for myself. Until people are comfortable speaking the truth, we will be at the mercy of those who are against the truth. Yes or yes?
 
I picked up a number of tips that we will incorporate into our lives as goals for 2013. One goal suggest in the book that we will do is to add value to society in the form of some type of service or charity work. We will hold fast on keeping violent television and/or games away from our children. We will also add another form of prayer together as a family.
Additional suggestions of the book we will keep at the fore front are to ask the right questions, balance work and rest, spend more time with our kids and remind them constantly how much we love them.
 
I highly recommend this book regardless of the stage of raising children you are in. First time parents will glean tremendous pearls of wisdom and it's a great refresher for any parent.  Matthew Kellly is a devout Catholic however the book doesn't teach any Catholicism, just smart parenting!  Enjoy!



 
I wrote this review of Building Better Families for the free Catholic Book review program, created by Aquinas and More Catholic Goods. Aquinas and More is the largest on-line Catholic bookstore. I receive free product samples as compensation for writing reviews for Tiber River.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Looking For a Good Movie? How About a 500 Mile Walk?

My husband and I searched for the movie, The Way, while on a date when it was first out in the theaters October 2011. Sadly, too many Christian movies aren't in as many theaters as we'd like. That being said, I was happy to watch this on DVD on my comfy couch.




Here's a little re-cap: Daniel (Emilio Estevez) decides to quit grad school to see the world sans cell phone against his father's (Martin Sheen) wishes. Early into the movie, Tom receives a phone call that Daniel has died while on his first leg walking the Camino de Santiago.
 
Tom, portrayed as a lapsed Catholic, flies over to Spain to identify his son's body and has him cremated. He then decides to take Daniel's backpack along with the remains to finish the pilgrimage himself.
 
Along the way Tom meets three characters who all make the trek for different reasons. They become friends and share the journey, for the good, bad and funny! Throughout the Camino Tom has visions how the journey would have looked through his son's eyes. After these visions Tom sprinkles Daniel's ashes leaving a part of his son along the Camino. It was during these times that I got a little choked up, but a gentle reminder that this is not correct Catholic teaching on how to bury the dead.
 
The movie made me think about what I treasure in the here and now. I can only assume that is a part of the journey for every walker on the Camino.
 
Emilio Estevez, director, filmed the movie in sequence and got the whole crew to do a novena prayer to become the first film crew to film inside the Cathedral de Sanitiago. Of all the scenery in the movie, the filming in the Cathedral  was by far my favorite scene. I was so moved by what happens at the end, inside the Cathedral. I don't want to spoil it for you, you will just have to see for yourself!
 
I liked the movie, loved the fact that it was a movie about an ancient Catholic pilgrimage, and it sparked my own interest in walking The Camino de Santiago.
 
Have you walked it? I would love to hear your experience.
 
I highly recommend watching this movie if you have any interest in The Way of St James, or if you just like a good story with great scenery. The Way would make a great stocking stuffer and you can purchase the movie at Aquinas & More. I wrote this review as a part of the Tiber River Blogger Review Program. Gaudete in Domino!

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