The Power of Presence

Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others

The Power of Presence

Author: Kristi Hedges
Pub Date: January 2017
Print Edition: $18.95
Print ISBN: 9780814437858
Page Count: 256
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814437865

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Table of Contents




Chapter One—Personal Reflections


Navigating Around the Dinner Table

Julia Sweeney

Good and Bad Reasons for Believing

Richard Dawkins

Growing Up Godless: How I Survived Amateur Secular Parenting

Emily Rosa

The Kids Are Alright

Other voices of kids and adults raised without religion

Authentic Secular Parenting: Letting Children Choose

Be-Asia McKerracher

My Father’s House

Dan Barker

Passing Down the Joy of Not Collecting Stamps

Penn Jillette

Chapter Two—Living with Religion


Introducing Kids to Things We Don’t Believe

Wendy Thomas Russell

10 Commandments for Talking to Kids about Religion When You’re Not Religious

Wendy Thomas Russell

When Your Child Is Terrified You’re Going to Hell

Neil Carter

Managing Dissonance with Religious Relatives

Libby Anne

Parenting Across the Belief Gap

Dale McGowan

Choosing Your Battles

Stu Tanquist

Secular Schooling

Ed Buckner

Chapter Three—Holidays and Celebrations


Humanist Ceremonies

Jane Wynne Willson

Losing the “Holy,” Keeping the “Day”

Dale McGowan

Point/Counterpoint: The Question of the Claus

Put Away the Claus

Tom Flynn

The Ultimate Dry Run

Dale McGowan

Chapter Four —On Being and Doing Good


Raising Ethical Children

Marvin Berkowitz, PhD

Spare the Rod—and Spare Me the Rest

Dale McGowan

Morality and Evil

Gareth Matthews, PhD

Behaving Yourself: Moral Development in the Secular Family

Jean Mercer, PhD

Take Two Tablets and Call Me in the Morning

Yip Harburg

Double Vision: Teaching Our Twins Pride and Respect

Shannon and Matthew Cherry

Seven Secular Virtues: Humility, Empathy, Courage, Honesty, Openness, Generosity, and Gratitude

Dale McGowan

Chapter Five—Death and Consolation


Before and After

Yip Harburg

Helping Your Child Live with Grief without Religion

Rebecca Hensler

Where All Roads Lead / The First Really, Really Hard Goodbye

Dale McGowan

Small Comforts

Yip Harburg

Dealing with Death in the Secular Family Rev.

Dr. Kendyl Gibbons

Chapter Six—Wondering and Questioning


Little Bessie Would Assist Providence

Mark Twain

Of Curious Women and Dead Cats

Dale McGowan

Repurposing Noah’s Ark: How to Inspire Your Kids with the Science of Evolution

Katherine Miller, PhD

We’ve Come a Long Way, Buddy

Yip Harburg

Teaching Kids to Yawn at Counterfeit Wonder

Dale McGowan

Parenting and the Arts

James Herrick

Chapter Seven—Community and Identity


“What Are We?”

Katherine Ozment

Being Secular, Finding Community

Phil Zuckerman, PhD

Summer Camp Beyond Belief

Amanda K. Metskas and August E. Brunsman IV

Live Better, Help Often, and Wonder More

Sanderson Jones


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