The Spiritual Tasks of the Homemaker

The Spiritual Tasks of the Homemaker

What is to become of the family? What is to become of the home, which has been the foundation of society for centuries? With the birth of human individuality, our previous assumptions -- based on old cultural traditions -- increasingly need revising. All tasks and roles need to be redefined and reinterpreted. This little book is the result of a conference, led by the author, that considered how modern homemakers are to find the strength and insight to deal with their responsibilities.Schmidt-Brabant takes the point of view that the old understanding of the homemaker's role needs to be enlivened with spiritual knowledge. We can discover, for example, how to work with the non-physical aspects of the household -- its etheric and astral natures -- and with different spiritual beings connected to the home. He offers much in the way of advice and ideas, providing help for those who find it in their destiny to develop their career as a carer for home and family.

Paths of the Christian Mysteries

From Compostela to the New World

Paths of the Christian Mysteries

In recent decades, there has been an upsurge of interest in "the Camino," the pilgrim's route to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. But where does this fascination in the spiritual exploration of the Middle Ages come from, and what is its significance? Virginia Sease and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant assert that we live in a time of spiritual quest, discovery, and change. Humanity is becoming increasingly sensitive, and primal memories are beginning to emerge in people's consciousness. Within this dynamic context of inner transformation, the Camino's historic importance is being reechoed in human souls. Rudolf Steiner explained that people need to live not only with outer history, but also with the esoteric, hidden narrative behind it--the history of the mysteries. Today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the authors suggest that it is increasingly necessary for us to live consciously with this veiled history of humanity's continual search for communion with the divine world. Based on long research and contemplation, the authors present a survey of extraordinary breadth and depth. Focusing on the spiritual history of humankind, they begin with the cosmic origin of the Grail Mysteries and culminate with the suprasensory Michael cultus and the being of Anthroposophia. Topics also include: the school of Athens; early Christian art and its Gnostic impulses; the Grail initiation in northern Spain; the role of the Cathars and Troubadours in the Manichean spiritual stream; the Camino to Santiago de Compostela and the esoteric aspect of music for the pilgrims; the Music of the Spheres and the Elders of the Apocalypse; the Templars as emissaries of the Holy Grail; the initiations of Christian Rosenkreutz and his relation to anthroposophical art; the early Rosicrucian impulses in America and Europe; and much more.

Homemaking as a Social Art

Creating a Home for Body, Soul and Spirit

Homemaking as a Social Art

In recent years, social and economic pressures have combined to affect the traditional role of the homemaker. With emphasis being placed on the world of work as opposed to the life of home, many people now struggle to fulfil several functions simultaneously. This increasingly busy and hectic climate has led to an apparent downgrading of the work of the homemaker. Taking a spiritual perspective inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, Veronika van Duin suggests that homemaking needs to be undertaken consciously as an honoured and valued task - as nothing less than a 'social art'. If we are to enjoy happy and contented family and home lives, the role of homemaker ought to be regarded highly. Without claiming that there is a blueprint for perfect homemaking, the author offers principles and observations based on a study of the seven 'life processes' and how they work on us. She addresses the significance of rhythm, relationships, artistic environment, caring, self development, and much more besides in this invaluable book.

Daily Seeds From Women Who Walk in Faith

Daily Seeds From Women Who Walk in Faith

Scripture encourages us to be immersed in the Word of God. We are to meditate on His law day and night. The guests of Midday Connection, Moody Broadcasting's daily radio broadcast for women, want us to do the same, and have written daily devotionals to encourage just that. Dated from January 1 through December 31, the reader can purchase throughout the year and begin on the appropriate date. Women will be enlightened by the wisdom and wit of authors and speakers such as Lisa Whelchel, Mary Hunt, Dee Brestin, Priscilla Shirer, Dannah Gresh, and more than 50 others. Includes reflective questions.

The Black Family

Past, Present & Future : Perspectives of Sixteen Black Christian Leaders

The Black Family

In the fifteen chapters that comprise this comprehensive look at the Black family today, each of the contributors deals with an aspect of family life that pertains especially to the Black community. The topics include the extended family, single female parenting, teenagers, male-female relationships, the role of the church, pastoral counseling, marital counseling, sexuality, money management, sexual abuse, drug abuse, and evangelizing the Black male.

Spiritual Care and Therapy

Integrative Perspectives

Spiritual Care and Therapy

Annotation Peter VanKatwyk explores spiritual care, from pastoral traditions to essential psychotherapies, in individual, couple, and family therapy, offering integrative perspectives. Therapy vignettes from multiple perspectives are included, as well as a wealth of diagrams and maps. His recognition of different helping relationships is an approach that acknowledges diversity and promotes the flexible use of multiple "selves" and their respective styles of care.

Homemaking and Personal Development

Meditative Practice for Homemakers

Homemaking and Personal Development

Veronika van Duin began her career forty years ago as a homemaker. Beginning with love, enthusiasm, and idealism, she quickly discovered that she had underestimated the magnitude of the task, which left her feeling inadequate and guilty much of the time, as well as alone and occasionally lonely. Out of those humbling feelings, Homemaking and Personal Development came into being. In it, the author offers support and hope for other homemakers, revealing the discoveries that provided her--and many in her workshops and courses--with basic tools for overcoming personal hindrances. In this wonderfully uplifting book, van Duin provides exercises for restoring and maintaining equilibrium, gaining understanding, creating joy, validating feeling, maintaining vitality and drive, developing insight, finding freedom, and much more. Homemaking and Personal Development will help mothers and fathers enjoy a richer, more fulfilling experience in the home.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 11: Agriculture and Industry

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 11 of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture examines the economic culture of the South by pairing two categories that account for the ways many southerners have made their living. In the antebellum period, the wealth of southern whites came largely from agriculture that relied on the forced labor of enslaved blacks. After Reconstruction, the South became attractive to new industries lured by the region's ongoing commitment to low-wage labor and management-friendly economic policies. Throughout the volume, articles reflect the breadth and variety of southern life, paying particular attention to the region's profound economic transformation in recent decades. The agricultural section consists of 25 thematic entries that explore issues such as Native American agricultural practices, plantations, and sustainable agriculture. Thirty-eight shorter pieces cover key crops of the region--from tobacco to Christmas trees--as well as issues of historic and emerging interest--from insects and insecticides to migrant labor. The section on industry and commerce contains 13 thematic entries in which contributors address topics such as the economic impact of military bases, resistance to industrialization, and black business. Thirty-six topical entries explore particular industries, such as textiles, timber, automobiles, and banking, as well as individuals--including Henry W. Grady and Sam M. Walton--whose ideas and enterprises have helped shape the modern South.

A Godly Home

How to Build Relationships in Every Room

A Godly Home

Are you ready for a real challenge that offers real results? Tired of constantly looking for a refill only to feel deflated shortly after? Congratulations on taking the first step in making a positive change in your life! You could desire anything from a wide range of goals: finding a mate, getting gainfully employed, finishing your degree, eliminating debt, finding spiritual peace, or improving relationships. Whatever it is you seek in order to be content, you have the power within you to obtain it. Let's commit to the work that it takes to create the life that you've often dreamed of, once and for all. —Excerpt from chapter one A Godly Home offers six chapters for you to learn how to be happy with the family God gave you, and how to build relationships in every room of your home. Love God in the living room Love your family in the kitchen Love others in the dining room Love you in the bathroom Love your husband and your marriage in the bedroom