Monday, January 11, 2010

This Month’s CD: Building Better Families by Matthew Kelly

I have long been a fan of Lighthouse Catholic Media and their dedication to providing audio talks by Catholics of all backgrounds. I picked up “Finding the Fullness of Truth” by Steve Ray at a local parish several years ago and it was that CD that gave me the nerve to get into blogging about my Catholic faith. Since then, my wife has gotten me a subscription to Lighthouse Catholic Media’s CD of the Month Club and I really enjoy seeing that little, white envelope every month and wondering what’s inside this time!

This month’s CD was “Building Better Families” by Matthew Kelly. Matthew Kelly is a joy to listen to what with his humor and Australian accent. He’s published 8 or so books and has several recorded talks (many available from Lighthouse Catholic Media). You can find out more about him at his website.

“Building Better Families” is an overview of five practical steps a family can grow together in spirituality. Each step contains tangible, concrete things each family can do to perform that step (as opposed to some speakers who like vague abstractions).

For example, the first step is to “ask the right questions”. He uses the example of a 16-year-old who asks if she can go to a party that weekend. The parent could simply say “yes” or “no” but Matthew Kelly suggests that these responses don’t teach the child how to make decisions for themselves. Instead, imagine this dialogue:

Parent: “Why do you want to go to this party?”
Child: “There’s this guy in my class who asked me to come.”
Parent: “So what’re people going to be doing at this party?”
Child: “Well… you know, just hanging out.”
Parent: “Can you be more specific? Will people be drinking, or doing other things like that?”
Child: “I don’t know.”
Parent: “Do you think it’s a good idea to put yourself in that kind of situation?”

In the end, the parent may have to say “no”, but at least the teenager was shown how to make healthy decisions and ask useful questions. She learned from the experience.

If you’d like more information on this talk, or anything else Lighthouse Catholic Media offers, please use the link at the top of this page to head over to their website. If you make purchases from Lighthouse Catholic Media, or sign up for the CD of the Month Club, please consider supporting our ministry by using the TaDa Ministries’ promo code of 66963.

I happen to know if you join the CD of the Month Club today you’ll be able to download Scott Hahn’s “The Lamb’s Supper” for free. Free is good!

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