Journalist Phil Catalfo believes parents must become "spiritual gardeners" who ready the ground so their children's sense of the holy can take root. Specifically, they need to be playful, to teach silence, to be creative, to notice nature, and to recognize their offspring as their teachers. The author describes himself as an agnostic who finds the sacred in everyday life. He discusses rituals that various families have found meaningful and then moves on to ten tips for promoting family spirituality.

Catalfo argues that mothers and fathers who join their children on a journey toward depth will reap the benefits. He concludes with a description of the lineaments for a 21st-century spirituality that can be birthed and nourished in the home: tolerance, freedom, inquisitiveness, study, honor for the feminine, and compassion.