Thank you Lucy Cunningham for your generous review!
Reclaiming Family Time offers wisdom and practical advice for re-orienting family life. In six chapters the authors present an attainable vision for families to nourish each other, strengthen their relationships, and share greater happiness. Each chapter also includes a summary list of points and questions to reflect upon alone or with a spouse, friend, or book club.
Read the whole thing here.
We are grateful to The Word Among Us Press for their release of our latest effort, Reclaiming Family Time: A Guide to Slowing Down and Savoring the Gift of One Another.
Now, full disclosure: we were very hesitant about taking this project on, and even now have to remind people who ask about it that we don’t have it all figured out. From the beginning, we decided to discern our way into this topic–to talk, pray, and research the way that contemporary American society tends to compromise family time. Sports schedules, to use one example, are entirely out of hand, driven by an industry that does not always have children’s best interests at heart.
But we said yes, because we understood that it was very important for our family to bring a more discerning approach to our time together as a family.
The great irony is that soon thereafter, our lives were thrown into overdrive, with work-related stresses that took a toll on our family time. In the midst of this stress, though, we found ourselves returning to some of the basic principles that made their way into the book: a commitment to shared leisure time, relying on the wisdom of the German philosopher Josef Pieper; a commitment to practicing Sabbath, with insights from Biblical scholar Bonnie Thurston; Saint Paul’s exhortations to observe an “acceptable time” (kairos) for doing the works of God; and others.
What emerged is something we are proud of: a meditation on the gift of time. We continue to aspire to get it right–to persuade ourselves and our children of how good it is to sanctify our days and nights, not too unlike the way that monks sanctify time through the daily office.
Let us know what you think!
Please join us as we go live on the At Home with Jim and Joy show on EWTN today, Monday August 7, at 2pm Eastern/1pm Central!
We’ll be discussing our three books (yes, three books–more below) with them, focusing on the theme of cultivating a family spirituality.
Our third book, Reclaiming Family Time: A Guide to Slowing Down and Savoring the Gift of One Another, is now available from The Word Among Us Press! Watch here for more information in the coming weeks. Here’s the description on the TWAU Press website:
What happens when our lives spin out of control because we are so busy and overcommitted? The negative consequences of such a lifestyle are well known, but few of us are able to put on the brakes so that we can truly enjoy the gift of one another.
Tim and Sue Muldoon take both a meditative and practical approach to this issue. They help us experience the peace that only God can give, and they also share what has and hasn’t worked in their own family. While there is no magic bullet, the Muldoons show us that when we put God first in our lives, our other priorities fall into line as well. That makes it possible to discern the best ways to spend our time, both individually and collectively, to build a strong foundation of lasting family relationships.