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The Foster Parenting Toolbox

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Doug and I were licensed foster parents for 15 years. I know fostering isn’t for everyone, it just happened to speak to me and open a world of understanding and empathy for which I am extremely  thankful.

The new book The Foster Parenting Toolbox, published by EMK Press, and edited by Kim Phagan-Hansel has just hit the market. It is designed as a resource for people  thinking about, or involved in, fostering. Topics from newborns, to tweens and teens are covered. Over 100 contributors have added to the treasure of knowledge surrounding fostering.

I’ve learned through my study of Christian Science to put my faith in divine Spirit, and feel the faith in spirituality helps foster health and happiness.



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  • http://www.HealingScienceToday.com Cheryl Petersen

    I revised “Science and Health” for the same reasons Mrs. Eddy did. She not only revised her book hundreds of times, but explains why on the bottom of page 361, saying revisions are “requisite.” Humanity has the “many readings” or versions, to help us understand God better. We all hear and respond to words differently, even the same words, but we all CAN hear and respond to spiritual truths in the words we relate to.
    I loved watching the foster children, and non-Scientists, respond beautifully to the ideas from “Science and Health” when put in words they understood.
    Christian Scientists are paraphrasing words from “Science and Health” anytime they talk about it with friends, for good reason because the meaning of words has changed over the last 100 years. For example, no one in the 21st century uses, or can even identify with the words “animal magnetism.” Honesty demanded this inclusive practice of paraphrasing to be also in written form.
    All good books are revised. I was impelled to do the work because Christian Science is worth sharing and it can’t be shared if it is “buried in the grave clothes of its letter.” (SH page 367) Of course, I revised in a way that the paraphrase can be read side-by-side with Mrs. Eddy’s “Science and Health.”
    The 4th edition of 21st Century Science and Health” will be available in a few weeks. The words treat social issues of today, are gender-inclusive, and refer to current spiritual thinkers, just as Mrs. Eddy referred to spiritual thinkers of her time.
    Thanks for commenting and asking.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Karen Greenhill

    Hi, I was pleased to find your postings and liked what I read. I study Christian Science but I wondered why you paraphrase Science and Health. How do you do reconcile this? You are clearly committed to CS and experience healing.

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  • http://www.HealingScienceToday.com Cheryl Petersen

    Thanks for commenting. And, especially thank you for your work in the fostering and adoptive fields. The people at EMK Press and the editor put together a helpful book.

  • http://parentingtoolbox.com Ron Huxley

    This is a great resource and I just ordered several for the clinicians in my office to use with the foster and adoptive families we work with.

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