Grace before meals

The Power of God at Home: Nurturing Our Children in Love and Grace. By J. Bradley Wigger. Jossey-Bass, 195 pp., $19.95.

Mommy, why do we pray only when the pastor comes over for dinner?" a little girl asked when I joined her family for a Sunday meal. Though her parents no doubt were embarrassed, for me this child-inspired moment gave rise to broader questions of grave importance: Why do so many religious parents find it hard to transport the activities of faith from the sanctuary to the kitchen? Why, in J. Bradley Wigger's words, are children "learning less and less about anything religious at home?" Why is the home "losing its place and power in the life of faith?" When did religious education become the exclusive domain of church professionals?


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