Orthodox Christian Parenting - Cultivating God's Creation
Gardeners know that in order for a tree to be healthy and develop strong roots, it must be watered deeply and fed well while young. Later, when the inevitable storms come, the strong roots will be deep enough to prevent the tree from blowing over. If the roots are shallow, the tree will be lost.
In the sacrament of holy marriage we hear: Your children will be like olive shoots around your table (Psalm 128:3). A verdant and fruit-bearing olive tree requires cultivation, and all the more does the raising of our children. If we teach them all we can about their faith as early as possible, giving them spiritual roots that are strong and run deep, then when they face the world their faith will not blow away like seedlings in a storm.
This book is especially designed for busy Orthodox Christian parents. It is the fruit of the labors of many pooled resources: Scripture, holy fathers, clergy, clergy families, monastics, and Orthodox parents. In the end, our children are the fruit of God's grace and our labors. If we spiritually tend to them in their youth, we will have nurtured their potential to grow into amazing, faithful, fruitful, even holy Orthodox Christians. Let us work diligently when they are young and the harvest will be plentiful.
Orthodox Christian Parenting Authors – Living:
Father Apostolos Hill, Abbess Michaila (Saint Paisius Monastery), Father Theodore Zisis, Father Josiah Trenham, Father Joseph F. Purpura, Father Charles Joanides, Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, Father Sarantis Sarantou, Elder Ephraim of Arizona, Presbytera Juliana Cownie, Father Stephanos Anagnostopoulos, Father David Cownie, Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol of Cyprus, Father Patrick Henry Reardon, Father Vladimirov, Nikolaos Sotiropoulos (Lay Theologian), Abbot Luke (Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY), Archbishop Chrysostomos, Father Demetrios Carellas
Quotes – Reposed:
Saint Paisios the Athonite, Saint Joseph of Optina, Saint Gregory the Theologian, Saint Alexander Elchaninov, Saint Nektary of Optina, Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, Saint Macarius of Optina, Saint Porphyrios, Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos, Elder Gabriel Dionysiatis, Saint Ignatii Brianchaninov, Saint Ambrose of Optina, Bishop Irenaeus of Ekaterinburg, Saint Kosmas Aitolos, Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk, Elder Athanasios Mitilinaios, Saint Theophan the Recluse, Abba Dorotheos of Gaza, Saint Clement of Alexandria, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint John of Kronstadt, Saint Seraphim of Sarov, Archbishop Ambrose (Klucharev), Abbot Theodosiçus of Optina, Saint Symeon the New Theologian, Saint John of Monemvasia, Father John Krestiankin, Father Seraphim Rose, Elder Lawrence of Chernigov, Blessed Anthony of Russia, Metropolitan Philaret of Moscow, Saint John Maximovitch, Elder Ieronymos of Aegina, Holy Martyr Ephraim of Nea Makri, Daniel (an Athonite monk)