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Dollahite, D.C., Yorgason, J., & Walker, A.B. (2003). Sacred sacrifices by religious youth in Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Mormon families. (unpublished paper presented at Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations).

Fitzpatrick, J.G. (1994). Small wonder: How to answer your child’s impossible questions about life. NY: Penguin.

Fitzpatrick, J.G. (1991). Something more: Nurturing your child’s spiritual growth. NY: Penguin.

Fuchs-Kreimer, N. (1998). Parenting as a spiritual journey: Deepening ordinary and extraordinary events into sacred occasions. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing.

Garland, Diana (2003). Sacred stories of ordinary families. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Garland, Diana (1999). Family ministry: A comprehensive guide. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Gellman, M. & Hartman, T. (1996). Where does God live? St. Louis, MO: Liguori/ Triumph.

Greenland, Susan K.; The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate; Simon & Schuster;  ©2010.

Joseph, Sandra (Ed.) (2007). Loving every child: Wisdom for parents; the words of Janusz Korczak. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill.

Lewis, R. (1998). Living by wonder: The imaginative life of childhood. Parabola Books.

Miller-McLemore, Bonnie J. In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice. Jossey-Bass, ©2006.

Mogel, W. (2001). Blessing of a skinned knee: Using Jewish teachings to raise self-reliant children. NY: Penguin.

Roehlkepartain, Eugene C. (1998). Building assets in congregations: A practical guide for helping youth grow. Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute. (see especially the chapter on engaging families).

Roehlkepartain, Eugene C., Naftali, Elanah D., & Museades, L. (2000). Growing up generous: Engaging youth in giving and serving. Washington, D.C.: Alban Institute.

Roehlkepartain, Jolene L. (2002). Nurturing faith in families: 425 creative ideas for family ministry. Nashville: Abingdon.

Roehlkepartain, Jolene L, & Roehlkepartain, Eugene C. (2005). Embracing parents: How your congregation can strengthen families. Nashville: Abingdon.

Smith, Traci. Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life. Chalice Press, St. Louis, MO; ©2014.

Stonehouse, C. (2000). Joining children on the spiritual journey. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Wigger, J.B. (2003). The power of God at home: Nurturing our children in love and grace. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Wilcox, W. B. (2001). Good dads: Religion, civic engagement & parental involvement in low-income communities. Philadelphia: Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, University of Pennsylvania.

Wolpe, D. (1993). Teaching your children about God: A modern Jewish approach. NY: Henry Holt and Co.

Wright, W.M. (2003). Seasons of a family's life: Cultivating the contemplative spirit at home. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Yust, K.M. (2004). Real kids, real faith: Practices for nurturing children’s spiritual lives. Jossey-Bass.

Yust, Karen Marie, Johnson, Aostre N., Sasso, Sandy Eisenberg, & Roehlkepartain, Eugene C. (2006). Nurturing child and adolescent spirituality: Perspectives from the world's religious traditions. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Articles & Book Chapters

Special issue of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America (volume 13, no. 1, 2004)   Mercer, J.A., The Protestant child, adolescent, and family, pp. 161-181.

Boyatzis, C. J., & Janicki, D. L. (2003). Parent-child communication about religion: Survey and diary data on unilateral transmission and bi-directional reciprocity styles. Review of Religious Research, 44 (3), 252-270.

Caldwell, Elizabeth F. (2006). At home with faith and family: A Protestant Christian perspective. In K.M. Yust, A.N. Johnson, S.E. Sasso, & E.C. Roehlkepartain, Nurturing child and adolescent spirituality: Perspectives from the world's religious traditions (325-337). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

De Roos, S. A., Iedema, J., & Midedma, S. (2004).  Influence of maternal denomination, God concepts, and child rearing practices on young children's concept of God.  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 43 (4), 519-535.

Dollahite, D. C., Marks, L. D., & Goodman, M. A. (2003). Families and religious beliefs, practices and communities: Linkages in a diverse and dynamic cultural context. In Marilyn Coleman & Lawrence M. Ganong, eds., Handbook of contemporary families: Considering the past, contemplating the future (pp. 411-431). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Garland, D. R. (2001). The faith dimension of family life. Social Work and Christianity, 28 (1), 6-26.

Grusec, J. E., Goodnow, J. J., & Kuczynski, L. (2000). New directions in analyses of parenting contributions to children's acquisition of values. Child Development, 71 (1), 205-211.

Gunnoe, Marjorie L., Hetherington, E. M., & Reiss, David (1999). Parental religiosity, parenting style, and social responsibility. Journal of Early Adolescence, 19 (2), 199-225.

King, P. E., Furrow, J. L., & Roth, N. (2002). The influence of families and peers on adolescent religiousness. Journal for Psychology and Christianity, 21 (2), 109-120.

Marks, L. (2004). Sacred practices in highly religious families: Christian, Jewish, Mormon, and Muslim perspectives. Family Process, 43 (2), 217-231.

Okagaki, L., & Bevis, C. (1999). Transmission of religious values: Relations between parents' and daughters' beliefs. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 160 (3), 303-318.

Pearce, M. J., Jones, S. M., Schwab-Stone, M. E., & Ruchkin, V. (2003). The protective effects of religiousness and parent involvement on the development of conduct problems among youth exposed to violence. Child Development, 74 (6), 1682-1696.

Tarakeshwar, N. & Pargament, K. I. (2001). Religious coping in families of children with autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 16 (4), 247-260.

Weaver, A. J., Samford, J., Morgan, V. J., Larson, D. B., Koenig, H.G., & Flannelly, K. J. (2002). A systematic review of research on religion in six primary marriage and family journals 1995-1999. American Journal of Family Therapy, 30 (4), 293-309.

Yust, Karen-Marie (2004). Creating a spiritual world for children to inhabit. Family Ministry, 18 (4), 24-39.

see also: Children section of this bibliography


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Mahle Lutter ,Judy, and Lynn Jaffee, The Bodywise Woman, Human Kinetics, ©1990.

Mundy, Linus, The Complete Guide to Prayer-Walking : A Simple Path to Body-And-Soul Fitness,  Crossroad/Herder & Herder; ©1996.

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Cousineau, Phil; The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker’s Guide to Making Travel Sacred; Conari Press; ©2000.

Currie, Jim; The Mindful Traveler: A Guide to Journaling and transformative Travel; Open Court Publishers; ©2000.

Sellner, Edward; Pilgrimage: Exploring a Great Spiritual Practice; Sorin Books; ©2004.

Taylor, Daniel; In Search of Sacred Places: Looking for Wisdom on Celtic Holy Islands; Bog Walk Press; ©2005.

Webb-Mitchell, Brett; School of the Pilgrim: An Alternative Path to Christian Growth; Westminster John Knox Press; ©2007.


Barks, Coleman, translator; The Essential Rumi: new expanded edition; Harper Collins; SanFrancisco, CA; ©2004.

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McKenna, Megan; Dancing with Angels; Continuum, N.Y.; ©1997.

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Oliver, Mary; White Pine; Harcourt Brace; New York, N.Y.; ©1994.

Oliver, Mary; Blue Pastures; Harcourt Brace; New York, N.Y.; ©1995.

Oliver, Mary; West Wind; Houghton Mifflin Co.; New York, N.Y.; ©1997.

Oliver, Mary; The Leaf And The Cloud; Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA; ©2000.

Oliver, Mary; What Do We Know; Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA; ©2002.

Whyte, David; Songs for Coming Home; Many Rivers Press; Langley, WA; ©1984, revised 1989.

Whyte, David; Where Many Rivers Meet; Many Rivers Press; Langley, WA; ©1990.

Whyte, David; Fire In The Earth; Many Rivers Press; Langley, WA; ©1992.

Whyte, David; The House of Belonging; Many Rivers Press; Langley, WA; ©1997, 1998.

Power Issues-

Doehring, Carrie. Taking Care: Monitoring Power Dynamics and Relational Boundaries in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Nashville: Abingdon Press, ©1995.

Gaines-Cirelli, Ginger; Sacred Resistance: A Practical Guide to Christian Witness and Dissent; Abingdon Press; ©2018.


Bradshaw, Paul F.; Two Ways of Praying; Abingdon Press; Nashville, TN. ©1995.

Brame, Grace; Receptive Prayer: A Christian Approach to Meditation; CBP Press, St. Louis, MO; ©1985.

Brame, Grace; A Manual of Receptive Prayer: for Individual and Group Study and Practice; Charis Enterprises, Wilmington, DE; ©1984.

Paintner, Christine Valters; Water, Wind, Earth, and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements; For more information, CLICK HERE.

De Wall, Esther; The Celtic Way Of Prayer: The Recovery of the Religious Imagination; Image Books, Doubleday; New York, N.Y., ©1997.

Douglas-Klotz, Neil; Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus; Harper San Francisco, ©1993.

Foster, Richard; Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home; Harper San Francisco; ©1992.

Geoffrion, Jill Kimberly Hartwell; Praying the Labyrinth: A journal for Spiritual Exploration; The Pilgrim Press; Cleveland, OH; ©1999.

Guenther, Margaret; The Practice of Prayer; Cowley Publications; Boston, Mass.; ©1998.

L’Engle, Madeleine, and Luci Shaw; A Prayerbook for Spiritual Friends: Partners in Prayer; Augsburg; Minneapolis, MINN; ©1999.

McHenry, Janet Holm, Prayerwalk : Becoming a Woman of Prayer, Strength, and Discipline, Waterbrook Press, ©2001.

Meehan, Bridget Mary and Regina Madonna Oliver, Praying with Celtic Holy Women, Liguori Publications, ©2003.

Michael, Chester and Marie Norrisey. Prayer and Temperament: Different Prayer Forms for Different Personality Types. Charlottesville, VA: The Open Door, ©1991.

Morwood, Michael; Praying a New Story; Orbis Books; MaryKnoll, NY; ©2004.

Mundy, Linus, The Complete Guide to Prayer-Walking : A Simple Path to Body-And-Soul Fitness,  Crossroad/Herder & Herder; © 1996.

Nouwen, Henri J.M.; A Cry For Mercy: prayers from the Genesee; Doubleday; Garden City, N.Y.; ©1981.

Paulsell, William O.; Rules For Prayer; Paulist Press; New York, N.Y.; ©1993.

Pennington, M. Basil; Centered Living: The Way of Centering Prayer; Liguori/Triumph; Liguori, Missouri; ©1999.

Reese, Martha Grace; Unbinding the Gospel: real life evangelism; Chalice Press, ©2008.

Reese, Martha Grace; Unbinding Your Church: Pastor's Guide; Chalice Press; ©2008.

Reese, Martha Grace: Unbinding Your Heart: Forty Days of Prayer and Faith Sharing; Chalice Press, ©2008.

Reininger, Gustave, ed.; The Diversity of Centering Prayer; The Continuum Publishing Co., New York, N.Y., ©1999.

Rohr, Richard; Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer; The Crossroad Publishing Co.; New York, N.Y.; ©1999.

Roth, Nancy; The Breath of God: An Approach to Prayer; Cowley Publications; Cambridge, MASS.; ©1990.

Snowber, Celeste; Embodied Prayer: Towards Wholeness of Body, Mind, Soul; Northstone Publishing; For information, CLICK HERE.

Wolfteich, Claire E.; Lord, Have Mercy: Praying for Justice with Conviction and Humility; Jossey-Bass Publisher; San Francisco, CA.  For information, CLICK HERE.