Character Reflection and More

Lewis, Barbara A. What Do You Stand For? A Kid's Guide to Building Character (Minneapolis: Free Spirit Publishing, 1998). Preteens and teens enjoy taking quizzes and surveys that help them understand themselves better. The survey on page 7 of this book helps them identify the ethical strengths they already have and where they would like to grow. And then the following chapters offer probing questions and practical exercises for helping your kids become the people they would like to be.

Comte-Sponville, Andre. The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality (New York: Viking Adult, 2007). A marvelous, thought-provoking new book addressing one of the most common concerns about a world without religion.

Grayling, A.C. The Meaning of Things: Applying Philosophy to Life (London: Phoenix, New Ed edition, 2002). One of the great living writers exploring meaning from the humanist perspective.

Winell, Marlene. Leaving the Fold: A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion (Berkeley: Apocryphile Press, 2006). Written as a guide for people who have left fundamentalist religion and are going through major emotional changes, this book will also be helpful to parents who want to give their children an upbringing different from what they experienced. The book contains practical exercises and chances for reflection that can help you become the parent you want to be, or give your kids useful guidance.

Especially relevant to meaning and purpose: Chapter 13, "Living Life Now" (especially the sections on pleasure and humor); Chapter 14,"Thinking for Yourself"; and Chapter 15, "Choosing and Creating."

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