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Leaving Home by Herbert Anderson
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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.… (more)

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This is the first in this series addressing pastoral care issues at different stages in the human life cycle. The book has a strong base position that becoming an individual is necessary for fully becoming a disciple. It argues this from scripture and experience. The balance of the importance of community is kept in view, however the emphasis is on the task of individuation. Whether or not you agree with this base position, the book is useful in that it is packed with real life examples (anonymised) that illustrate the points made and encourage you to think through how you would pastor a family in this situation. ( )
  tcarter | Apr 2, 2007 |
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