Looking for a way to bring your family together in faith and fun, but not sure where to start?
Discover how game night/day meets Catholicism in Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative or Clueless, an inspirational guidebook offering activities with strategies and suggestions for fun family engagement - with one another and with faith! A great resource for parents, grandparents, caretakers, and family friends, this book conceptualizes a wide range of fun, practical activities that strengthen faith formation in young to grade-school age children.
Author Sarah Reinhard, busy mother of three, tested these activities in her own family. Conversationally written, she includes her experiences and stories, adding a uniquely personal element. While she sympathetically acknowledges the limitations of parenting and family time, she encourages a realistic approach to bringing real life and faith together-an approach in which faith does not have to be put on the back burner, but rather becomes part of your ongoing family interaction. Respecting different family demographics and dynamics, she also encourages modification of her ideas to what works well for you and your family. Her reassuring, 'you-can-do-it' approach takes into account modern-day realities such as dual working parents, single parents, technological domination, pregnancy, marriage, and more.
Divided into nine chapters-silly activities, storytelling, craft projects, meal sharing, outdoor adventures, places to go, saints to celebrate, ways to serve, ways to pray-there is a whole lot of fun to go around for everyone! Handy indexes of preparation time, duration, and cost will help you find the ideas that suit your your family's schedule and budget.
"Faith Angle," "Wider Angle," and "Make it Yours" sections throughout the text offer ideas on how to incorporate elements of the Catholic Faith into your activities and life at large. Whether it's playing outside in nature and reflecting on God's role in creation, visiting the zoo and associating animals with their respective saints, making scrapbooks for received sacraments, learning about the symbol of water in Baptism through water fights, sharing jokes to live in the spirit of the priest who opens his homily humorously, performing puppet shows to tell the stories of the Bible, creating a Mary garden, or volunteering at a local food pantry, each activity is a family bonding experience that can deepen faith. If desired, additional content is provided on the book's website.
Equipped with these activities that can be adapted to suit your Catholic family, you'll be on your way to having some fun while building a "domestic church" of your very own!
Features & Benefits:
Fun, practical, and inexpensive activities
Adaptable ideas that can be personalized for your family
Appeals to varied interests of individual family members
Includes preparation times, durations, and costs
Authored by a mother who tested activities in her own family
Makes quality family time a reality
About the Author:
Sarah Reinhard writes about marriage, motherhood, the Catholic faith, books, and life on a farm at her blog: snoringscholar.com. She is also a frequent contributor to other blogs, podcasts and websites such as: Catholic Mom, Faith & Family Live, Catholic Foodie, and Catholic Writers Guild. Sarah lives in central Ohio with her husband and their three children.
What Are People Saying about this Title?
"Catholic Family Fun by Sarah Reinhard is guaranteed to deliver smiles to your family members' faces, great memories to their hearts, and a love of faith to their souls. Sarah Reinhard has designed the perfect resource for today's busy families who desire to share Catholic traditions in meaningful, creative, and yet practical ways. Packed with crafts, games, stories, special meals, and endless ideas for bringing the faith to life in any home, Catholic Family Fun is the perfect gift for your domestic church. Sarah's joy is infectious and this treasure is sure to draw your family closer to each other and to Christ."
-Lisa M. Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com and author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms
"Embrace spontaneous and organized Catholic family fun moments. In Catholic Family Fun, Sarah Reinhard offers endless imaginative ideas to keep your growing family happy, entertained, engaged, and even educated as you create splendid memories together."
-Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Catholic speaker, EWTN TV host of "Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms," and author of numerous books including The Domestic Church: Room by Room
"It's like being a kid all over again! Sarah Reinhard's Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless is a joyous skip down memory lane, reminding us how much fun fun can actually be! Sarah's creative 'faith angles' give Catholic families a way to blend the laughing with learning. Read it, just for the fun of it!"
-Elizabeth Ficocelli, author of Seven from Heaven: How the Sacraments Can Heal, Nurture, and Protect Your Family Today
"Every Catholic family needs this book on its bookshelf. Drawing from personal experience as a busy mom, Sarah offers parents creative ways to lead their families in entertaining, faith-centered activities. This is an essential resource for Catholic families who would like to grow in their faith ... or simply have more fun!"
-Jennifer Fulwiler, author of "Conversion Diary" blog
"Families are so busy today. We are always on the go. Even with the best of intentions, family fun time can easily get swallowed up by all the 'must-do's' of life. It seems like there is no time for having fun together. Yet, having fun together is exactly what we need in order to grow in love and to keep our family close. My own family needs a healthy dose of fun on a daily basis. But if you're like me, sometimes I'm at a loss for new ideas. We end up doing the same old things together, which can drastically reduce the fun-factor for all of us. We need something different, something new. What we need is inspiration and a bunch of great ideas. And that's exactly what we find in Sarah Reinhard's Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless. Sarah Reinhard has a knack for getting to the heart of things. In simple and plain language, Sarah shares with us a multitude of good, fun, and practical ideas for families to grow in love together. And she shares these ideas with us with a dose of 'Yes, you can do this' encouragement. Catholic Family Fun gives me the extra boost I need to make room in my busy life to have holy and wholesome fun with the people who are most important to me, my family."
-Jeff Young, author of "The Catholic Foodie" blog and podcast
Trim size: 6 x 9 inches