It's summer giveaway time! This week we are giving away a copy of 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids, by Jerry Windley-Daoust. This book is published by a relatively new publishing company, Peanut Butter & Grace Publishing. You may have noticed them if you were at the MN Catholic Home Educators Conference this year. We really love their Illuminated Rosary series, and I hear there may be a hardcover gift version out in time for Christmas.
77 Ways to Pray is full of ideas for praying with your family. For the most part you can turn to any page in the book and find a new idea or tip for praying with your kids. Age appropriate adaptations and talking points are included throughout, along with references to scripture and Catholic teaching. The index is laid out like a checklist so you can check things off while you try them.
For those of your who are Catholic, this book is complete with an imprimatur so you know that what you are getting will be solid catechesis for you and your family. And I want to assure you there is probably something in here that you don't know. This will be a family learning experience, I promise. I'll just say I learned a lot and we'll leave it at that. I mean, if you think you know it all...by all means pass this opportunity by.
For those of you who are NOT Catholic, let me tell you that we (mostly) pray just like you do. It may seem silly to say that, but I personally had a lot of misunderstandings on that before we converted so I just want to go ahead and put it out there... although I'm sure you are more open minded than I was. Sure there are references and practices in here that are of course related to things that you might think only Catholics do, but I'm going to encourage you that every single activity could be quickly adapted or modified to be friendly to your non-Catholic christian faith, and many (even most) don't need to be changed at all. Seriously. I encourage you not to shy away just because it says Catholic. I promise we aren't scary and we don't bite.
Plus it's free.
If you hate it you probably know at least one Catholic family you could give it to for Christmas or something.
PB & Grace have a website that is full of so many great family faith formation ideas that I sometimes have to be careful not to get *stuck* when I visit for a specific purpose. They also publish a weekly faith formation newsletter, The Bread, full of ideas for connecting with the liturgical year and the weekly readings. I really connect with the family-based faith formation vision of this group because it exemplifies what we try to do with our own family. This blog is called work and play for a reason. That's how we all, kids and adults, learn best... with (and through) a balance of both work and play each and every day. The PB & Grace approach to family based faith formation fits right in!
The main reason I'm doing this giveaway is that I think it's an awesome resource for every family. The second reason I'm doing it is that in the coming months you are going to be hearing a lot more about this PB & Grace here on Work and Play, Day by Day....but I'm just going to leave it at that for now!
You have a ton of chances between now and midnight on Friday to win this great resource. The first thing you need to do is visit the PB& Grace website (any of the links above work) and leave a comment here with your thoughts. Any thoughts will do...a book you think you might like, an activity you want to try. Anything. That's worth 2 entries, but you can only do it once.
Also only one time entries are visiting both PB& Grace and/or Work and Play, Day by Day on Facebook. You don't have to like us, but we would appreciate it..along with any likes or shares you want to throw our way just because you are a nice person.
The big time way to earn entries is by sharing this giveaway daily on the social media medium of your choice. You can share up to 5 times, once each from today (Monday) through midnight Friday. Be sure to come back daily and add the direct link (a new one each day) into the Rafflecopter.
Winner will be announced on Saturday, August 8 here and on our Facebook page!