Gifts from Heaven
Those attracted by the way God’s Providence works in the daily lives of real people will find Tom and Mary Hartmann’s reflections to be priceless pearls of wisdom. They describe how God’s Providence has consistently pushed them to reconsider what it means to truly believe in God’s love in both the trials and joys of family life. Their rich experience allows them to share insights on concrete issues like:
- buying a house
- providing clothes and toys for ten children
- making financial choices about education
- buying cars and taking vacation
- managing family life with two parents working
- preparing for retirement
Tom and Mary note that we never know what amazing consequences may follow from our acts of love because when we love, we participate in the actions of God – who is Love.
Professionals in the field of family life (psychologists, social workers, doctors, nurses, spiritual directors, and pastors) will find this an invaluable faith-based resource. Short reflection questions at the end of each chapter provide the perfect starting point for individual daily reflection or for discussion in a faith-sharing group.
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“With disarming simplicity Mary and Tom Hartmann invite the reader to their intimate sharing of God’s providential intervention throughout their family’s journey. For many families experiencing financial stress and uncertainty, this book will shed a new light on how to develop a partnership with God and a lifestyle where God’s Providence responds abundantly to their needs.”
John & Claire Yzaguirre, Ph.D., M.F.T.
Authors of Thriving Marriages: An Inspirational and Practical Guide to Lasting Happiness
About the Author
Mary is a registered nurse and a holistic health educator. She has worked with families for over twenty years in schools for children with special needs. Tom is Professor Emeritus of English and Religion at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where he worked for over forty years. He is also an editor for New City Press and Living City magazine. In addition to their professional work, they were responsible for the New Families Movement for eighteen years in Canada and the United States. They have been married for over forty years and have ten children and twenty grandchildren.
|Publication Date||Feb 29, 2012|
|Author||Thomas Hartman and Mary Hartman|