About a month ago my mom was listening to WGN and heard an
interview with Annie Burnside,
author of Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a
Spiritually Conscious Family. She enjoyed the interview and
emailed me immediately - she knew this book was right up my
Well, life gets in the way and I didn't follow through, and when
I showed up at my parents house in Galena a few weeks later, my mom
handed me the book - she had taken it upon herself to order it for
me (thanks mom!).
Standing in her kitchen, I started flipping through the pages
and realized quickly that this book was special. I read a lot
of self help and personal growth books (my basement is filled with
them), but this book was really speaking to me. Not only is
it about self care and personal and spiritual awareness, it's about
how to engage the entire family and build a more conscious
It offers ideas and inspiration about how to incorporate
spiritual guidance into the family culture (not based on a specific
religion, but a personal awareness of divinity).
Not only does she share her own wisdom and experiences, but she
suggests games, movies, music and books to support the process of
learning. It's impossible to read this book without finding a
number of ideas to engage and connect the family.
I noticed that Annie lived in the Chicago area, so I wrote to
her the next day to tell her how much I appreciate the book - I
think my exact words were "it's like coming home".
Our email exchanges have been fun and inspiring (our stories
have so many similarities) and I am so excited to have a new
friend, as well as a spiritual and professional support system.
During our conversation, Annie said she wrote this book because
of the changes witnessed in her own family due to their conscious
parenting style - more presence, more accountability and more
empowerment - for both parents and children.
She also said she wanted to offer both practical and theoretical
guidance for parents, not from an expert perspective, but rather
from the perspective of a parent and spiritual journeyman.
If you are interested in greater awareness and a more
spiritually connected family, then this book is a must! And
even better news, Annie will be at Equilibrium
in Chicago tomorrow night (Wednesday, September 29th)
from 6:30-8:30 to discuss her amazing book.
To read more about Annie or to purchase her book, check out her
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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