Something More

Something More

Nurturing Your Child’s Spiritual Growth

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140169515
  • 256 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


As a parent, you can easily teach your children the basic skills they will need in life, from reading to swimming to computer literacy. But how do you nurture a sense of spirituality? Something More offers parents of all faiths, even those who don’t consider themselves religious, everyday ways to make family life more meainginful. Jean Grasso Fitzpatrick reminds us that spiritual nurturing is not something we “do” to our child but is a journey that parent and child take together.

This powerful book integrates spiritual insights, current child-development theory, and, in their own words, the experiences of parents. It features advice on how to answer your child’s often difficult questions on everything from death to religious holidays to homelessness and includes lists of suggested books, music, and videos that will help you explore your own and your child’s spirituality.

Written in language that will touch the hearts of today’s mothers and fathers, Something More is a very different kind of parenting book, one that parents will keep and treasure.

Something More

Something More

Written by: Jean Grasso Fitzpatrick


“This is terrific! A much-needed positive resource for nurturing our children’s souls.”
—John Bradshw, author of Homecoming

“Jean Fitzpatrick has written a wise, loving, and very useful book. I recommend it.”
—Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People and Who Needs God

Table of Contents

Something MoreAcknowledgments
1. The Journey BeginsHow Can I Be a Spiritual Nurturer?
2. “But I’m Not Really Religious…”
3. Spiritual Nurture for the Here and Now
4. Hope to Grow On
5. Not Alone: The Role of Community

How Does My Child Grow Spiritually?
6. As They Grow: The Spirituality of Early Childhood
7. Play Is a Child’s Prayer
8. Children and Our Sacred Earth
9. “Why Does God Make Bad People?” Responding to Hard Questions
10. The Road Ahead

Appendix: Books and Music for the Journey
Resources for Further Exploration