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SOUL TO SOUL PARENTING: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family

—A guidebook for parents who want to infuse greater spiritual awareness into everyday life, inspiring deeper meaning and connections within their family—

The 2011 Nautilus Silver Book Award in the Family/Parenting Category, the 2011 Next Generation Indie Gold Book Award in the Spirituality Category, and a 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Finalist in the Parenting Category

Parents yearning for ways to inspire deeper meaning in their family’s busy lives will find a wealth of insight and user-friendly suggestions in the new book, Soul to Soul Parenting: A Guide to Raising a Spiritually Conscious Family (Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, June 2010).

It’s both a guidebook filled with a wide-ranging “toolbox” of ideas and activities and a remarkable chronicle of one family’s spiritual journey. The author, Annie Burnside, M.Ed.—teacher, wife, mother of three, and professional soul nurturer—is a modern mom who utilizes everyday life experiences including mealtimes, books, movies, art, friendships, time in the car, and family outings to open perspectives and nourish souls, infusing a heightened spiritual awareness into their lives.

Today’s parents are searching for more inclusive, less polarizing ways to evolve with their children. Soul to Soul Parenting can be a key part of that journey, exploring how to forge deeper, more intimate communication within the family in the face of a fast-paced world. The book encourages parents from every demographic and religious base to become active participants in their children’s awakening as conscious global citizens.

Adapting principles learned from her journey of self-discovery, her family, and her professional experience providing spiritual insight and support, Annie empowers parents to live soul to soul with their children, not just side by side, offering inspiring prescriptive tools, applications, and ready-to-use ideas along the way.

Annie shares a spectrum of 22 methods for integrating spirituality into daily family life, encompassing a range of techniques—such as visual cues, the intuitive-gratitude journal, family discussions, the spirit mobile, exploring music, utilizing nature, cranking up the joy, and showing your spirit—as well as fifteen universal themes such as connectedness and boundaries, presence and openness, truth and perception, authenticity and joy.

A key message for parents, Annie says, is that once a divine perspective is ignited within, we can feel more intimately connected to the eternal source, cultivating personal truth, authentic relationships, and enhanced life experiences. Effectively conveying this nondenominational, conscious spirituality to children will enable them to experience what the author calls direct divine connection, a sense of infinite possibility, and greater inner awareness.

In her nurturing and affirming voice, Annie notes that the spiritually conscious family is definitely not a perfect family, but rather one that is fully aware of each individual’s capacity to shape their reality. Conscious parenting, she says, requires paying more attention to bringing your children to a deeper understanding of such powerful concepts as self-love, unique potential, free will, compassion, and gratitude, through a variety of simple, daily means.

Recognizing that these subjects are distinctly personal within each family, Soul to Soul Parenting encourages all parents as the experts of their own families to tailor their efforts and trust themselves to teach their children universal spiritual principles.
©2014 Annie Burnside, M.Ed.