the gift of faith
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Filled with practical advice and psychological insight, The Gift of Faith celebrates religion in lives in children. Drawing from her personal stories and experiences, Nieuwejaar illustrates how religious community plays an integral role in deepening the faith of parents, who are children's primary educators. She encourages parents to communicate their beliefs in words and in actions and to become part of a religious community that supports these beliefs. Nieuwejaar offers ways to foster spiritual awareness in the home and includes practices for marking the many events in children's lives as religious occasions.
With simplicity and clarity, the author engages the reader's attention and awakens their yearning to experience God and to follow a specific path of sanctification. Father Wilfrid Stinissen, O.C.D., wrote about Fr. Dajczer's "The Gift of Faith, " "I strongly recommend this book. If one learns a lesson from what he reads here, he will be guided inevitably on the way of sanctity."
How does a person come to faith in Christ? Is that faith a gift from God or the work of man or some combination of the two? As Martin Luther wrote long ago, the issue of who does what in the matter of salvation constitutes the most fundamental of questions that the believer in Christ must face. It was the question at the heart of the struggle to reform the church in the sixteenth century, and it has resurfaced as a source of contention within the evangelical church of our day. In The Gift of Faith, Bryan Holstrom offers a fresh exploration of the issues involved and the biblical basis for the traditional understanding that faith is a gift from God. He lays out the relationship between grace and faith, and argues that the teaching on salvation that is found in many churches today is derived more from the modern self-esteem movement than from a careful reading of the Bible. Most importantly, Holstrom demonstrates that what is ultimately at stake in the battle over grace and faith is
In a question-and-answer format, "The Gift of Faith" provides a brief but comprehensive account of Catholic faith and life. By clearly and concisely answering questions about salvation, morality, doctrine, Church law, and more, it opens the door to the riches of Catholicism.
Carol Goodman faced challenges she never bargained for-family breakdown, medical diagnoses, and tragic death. The Gift of Faith is her chronicle of facing these events with stubbornness, disbelief, a lot of humor, some anger, the encouragement of friends, uncommon miracles, and eventually the acceptance of the gift of faith.
In a conversation about his teaching and preaching style, Michael Curry noted with a laugh that hymns and songs of faith were always a part of the mix. "I learned what I believed in the songs I heard my family - especially my grandmother - sing. We sang our faith every day." Out of that strong foundation, Bishop Curry shares the music of his childhood - the songs that have grown with him to shape an adult and vibrant faith.