Thursday, July 23, 2009

Recently Read: Helping and Healing Our Families

Helping and Healing our Families by Hart, Newell, Walton, and Dollahite

The subtitle of this book is Principles and Practices Inspired by "The Family: A Proclamation to the World". It is a textbook produced by the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University, including the work of 125 authors (BYU faculty and individuals with professional and personal experience in family life).

I picked this up from the BYU Bookstore a few years ago, and it's taken me that long to read it. I didn't take that long to read it because it isn't good--it's a textbook, so it just took me a little while to do my homework.

This book relies on scholarly research to provide helps to families and individuals in many varied circumstances. Some of the topics covered include:
-the covenant of marriage
valuing and nurturing children (you can bet I've read these chapters a few times!)
-overcoming addiction
-wayward children
-the benefits of marrage
-mental illness
-maintaining and strengthening the family

This book is a great resource for any families reference shelf. I refer to this (and it's earlier companion volume Strengthening Our Families: An In-Depth Look at the Proclamation on the Family) fairly regularly. It's a great resource for anyone who is trying to raise a family according to Proclamation-based principles.