Reclaiming Family Time: A Guide to Slowing Down and Savoring the Gift of One Another

The Word Among Us Press
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 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. 
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 Tim and Sue Muldoon are the parents of three children and the authors of Six Sacred Rules for Families. Tim is a theologian and professor who has taught at Boston College and Mount Aloysius College. Among his many books is the popular The Ignatian Workout. Sue is a therapist and religious educator who has worked in the clinical, collegiate, and parish settings, most recently as director of family ministries at Good Shepherd Parish in Wayland, Massachusetts.

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The Word Among Us Press
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Published on
Aug 1, 2017
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Pages
92
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ISBN
9781593254957
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English
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Religion / Christian Life / Family
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
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