“Our spiritual vocation as grandparents is to delight in our grandchildren. That’s a one-sentence summary of everything in this book…” So begins Ralph Milton, in this latest addition to the beautifully and lavishly illustrated Spirituality of… series. Read a few pages, however, and it quickly becomes obvious that Milton delights not only in his grandchildren, but also in being a grandparent. More than a celebration of grandchildren, this book is a celebration of grandparenting, and of the very real gifts it offers to both the grandchild and to the grandparent. Which is not to say that grandparenting is always easy or fun. While Milton shares lots of stories of hugs and giggles, of silly songs and tender moments, he also knows that many grandparents struggle with the challenge of long-distance grandparenting, with the pain and tension of separation from grandchildren due to marriage breakup, and with the anxiety and distress of grandchildren who are in trouble or who are ill. However, Milton doesn’t dwell on these things. Rather, he returns, always, to the delight, wonder, and love, which come first in the experience of any grandparent; and to the inherent potential goodness in all relationships between older adults and children. This book is for grandparents who are new to the role and for grandparents who have earned their degree in “grandparentology” through long experience. It’s for “traditional” grandparents and for grandparents of adopted children; it’s for surrogate grandparents and even for grandparents-in-waiting. Ultimately, it’s for all grandparents – who are never to old to love, and never to old to be loved back.
About the authors
Ralph Milton was publisher of Wood Lake Books from 1980 to 2000. He has written hundreds of magazine articles and is the author of over twenty books. He holds two honorary doctorates (Doctor of Divinity and Doctor of Sacred Letters). Milton lives in Kelowna, BC, with Beverley, his wife of 63 years.
Other titles by Ralph Milton
Making the Most of Your Platinum Years
The Family Story Bible
This United Church of Ours Fourth Edition
Lectionary Story Bible Set
Year A, B, C
Lectionary Story Bible- Year C
Lectionary Story Bible- Year B
This United Church of Ours
Lectionary Story Bible- Year A
The Essence of Julian
A Paraphrase of Julian of Norwich's "Revelations of Divine Love"