Item description for Leaving Home (Family Living in Pastoral Perspective) by Herbert Anderson, John Anderson & Kenneth R. Mitchell...
Overview The authors demonstrate that leaving home is a significant part of forming an individual identity and a natural aspect of maturing. It is also a lifelong process, but one that is desirable and appropriate for both the one who leaves and the ones left behind. However, understanding the process requires care, and this book helps clarify what is at stake in the complex ordinary process of leaving home.
In this book, Herbert Anderson and Kenneth R. Mitchell demonstrate that leaving home is a significant part of forming an individual identity and a natural aspect of maturing. It is also a lifelong process, but one that is desirable and appropriate for both the one who leaves and the ones left behind. However, understanding the process requires care. This book helps clarify what is at stake in the ordinary yet complex process of leaving home.
The Family Living in Pastoral Perspective series examines crucial times in family life in light of the family as a social unit. Each book addresses major changes that ordinarily occur in the life cycle of a family. Each volume takes into account family system theory and social and economic factors that affect the family.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.99" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.39 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2006
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Family Living In Pastoral Perspe
ISBN 0664251277 ISBN13 9780664251277
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More About Herbert Anderson, John Anderson & Kenneth R. Mitchell
HERBERT ANDERSON is visiting professor of pastoral theology at Seattle University. He lectures and consults widely on themes and issues in pastoral care. He is the author of numerous books including All Our Losses, All Our Griefs. EDWARD FOLEY is professor of liturgy and music at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is an ordained Roman Catholic priest and the author of numerous books and articles on worship and the arts.
Herbert Anderson was born in 1936 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Seattle School of Theology and Ministry, Seattle, Washington.
Herbert Anderson has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Leaving Home (Family Living in Pastoral Perspective)?
situational May 5, 2008
I suspect that _Leaving_Home_ is highly useful for folks in particular circumstances: people for whom "home" includes a defined physicality, a sense of belonging and safety, a family; people for whom "to be home is to be able to breathe more easily" (38).
To be fair, the authors try to address the sorts of brokenness families face: they're certainly aware that not everyone experiences home in the same way. But somehow in reading the text one can't help but feel this sort of insistent background judgement that home incorporates these things, and that without them whatever "home" one has doesn't qualify.
So if you're the parents of a teenager heading off to college, I'd recommend this to you -- you'll find gleanings and glimmers of useful ways to think about sending your child into the world. But if you're the only child of a single parent, or from a non-traditional family, know that you'll feel alienated from rather than embraced by the text.
Leaving Home Mar 14, 2007
We give this to all of our friends whose children are going off to college, as well as a few young friends who will benefit from learning how to leave home well.
Buy the Whole Series Jun 4, 2003
I own Anderson's entire Family Living in Pastoral Perspective series (Leaving Home, Becoming Married, Regarding Children, Promising Again, and Living Alone), and I refer to them frequently.
Each book focuses on a different transitional event and the family tasks that event brings into focus. Anderson and his co-authors deal sensitively with the pastoral issues involved.
Leaving Home focuses on persons leaving home (both physically and emotionally) as young adults. It approaches the topic not as a one-time event, but as a long-term emotional process. Both sides (young adult and parents) of the transition are covered. Ample resources are provided for ministry to these families.
All of the books are well-written and easy to read--no convoluted prose to parse here. The works have added texture from the many personal examples shared by the authors (both their own and examples others have shared with them).
Every book in the series deserves an honored place on any religious professional's shelf. Except, you may find them so valuable they rarely make it back to your shelf.