Children's Spirituality: What It Is And Why It Matters Paperback
What it is and Why it Matters
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Children's Spirituality: What It Is And Why It Matters
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'A powerful reaffirmation and exploration of the importance of childhood spirituality for the ministry and mission of the church, which will be welcomed by all working in this field.'
Alister McGrath, Chair of Theology, Ministry and Education at King's College, London, UK
Children's Spirituality: What It Is And Why It Matters by Rebecca Nye was published by Church House in January 2009 and is our 16803rd best seller. The ISBN for Children's Spirituality: What It Is And Why It Matters is 9780715140277.
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Children's Spirituality: What it is and Why it MattersPaul Scott, via The Good Book Stall
Spirituality has still to gain credibility in some Christian circles. However Rebecca Nye dispatches any such scepticism with a carefully argued case, suggesting that children’s spirituality is a formative influence on their development. It was Nye, after all, who introduced Godly Play to Britain. Children, she maintains, delightfully lack adult need to define and categorise, thereby separating religious from non-religious. They see mystery as a normal component of existence. Their world erupts with wonder. Therefore Nye reasons that it is time for Churches to take this on board and assess the spiritual merits of all they offer to their children.
That is quite a challenge, but her 'Think and discuss...' interjections help focus the mind, and the later chapters offer more detailed guidance. She suggests that our telling of Bible stories should lack prescriptive explanation, a neglect that would still terrify many a Church. Nye even suggests that Churches aren't necessarily the best places to encounter children's spirituality - the bath may be better.
There is much here to prompt thought, to encourage conversation, and to transform what we do. It is all presented in a well organised accessible style. I would certainly recommend it to those who work with children, and those who do not see such activity as their particular forté - adding also those who avoid it like the plague.
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|Page last updated||22nd January 2016|
|Author / Artist||Rebecca Nye|
|Publisher||Church House (January 2009)|
|Number of Pages||128|