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Nurturing Children's Spirituality: Christian Perspectives and Best Practices

Nurturing Children's Spirituality: Christian Perspectives and Best Practices

by Holly Catterton Allen


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ISBN-13: 9781556355585
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 418
Sales rank: 970,273
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Holly Catterton Allen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Christian Ministries and the director of the Children and Family Ministry program in the Division of Biblical Studies at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Her areas of scholarly interest are children's spirituality and intergenerational issues; she has published articles and chapters on these topics in Christian Education Journal and other publications. She is a member of the Planning Team for the 2009 Children's Spirituality Conference: Christian Perspectives, to be held June 2009 at Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Children's Spirituality Conference-Christian Perspectives: 2003, 2006, 2009   Kevin Lawson     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
Definitional, Historical & Theological Issues of Children's Spiritual Development
Introductory & Definitional Concepts
Exploring Children's Spirituality from a Christian Perspective   Holly Catterton Allen     5
"The Spirit of Children Past": A Century of Children's Spirituality Research   Donald Ratcliff     21
Children's Spiritual Development: Advancing the Field in Definition, Measurement, and Theory   Chris J. Boyatzis     43
Historical & Theological Understandings of Children's Spirituality
The Christian Nurture of Children in the Second and Third Centuries   James Riley Estep Jr.     61
"Forbid Not the Little Ones": The Spirituality of Children in Celtic Christian Tradition   Mara Lief Crabtree     78
Theological Perspectives on Children in the Church: Reformed and Presbyterian   Timothy A. Sisemore     93
Theological Perspectives on Children in the Church: Anabaptist/Believers Churches   Holly Catterton Allen     110
Best Practices for Nurturing Children's Spiritual Development
Prayer, Storytelling & Reading
Unfettered Wonder: Rediscovering Prayer through the Inspired Voices of Children   T. Wyatt Watkins     131
Making StoriesCome Alive   Jeffrey E. Feinberg     146
Turning Down the Noise: Reading and the Development of Spirituality in Children   Linda V. Callahan     164
For Churches & Schools
Children's Ministry Models, Learning Theory, and Spiritual Development   Michael J. Anthony     183
Equipping Children for Ministry   Jane Carr     198
Documenting Children's Spiritual Development in a Preschool Program   Judy Harris Helm   Stacy Berg   Pam Scranton     214
For Families
Parenting Styles and Children's Spiritual Development   Sungwon Kim     233
A Qualitative Understanding and Application of the Deuteronomy 6 Commandment for Parents   Marcia McQuitty     252
God Across the Generations: The Spiritual Influence of Grandparents   Holly Catterton Allen   Heidi Schultz Oschwald     267
For Specific Populations
The Place of Forgiveness in the Reintgration of Former Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone   Stephanie Goins     289
Voices Unheard: Exploring the Spiritual Needs of Families of Children with Disabilities   MaLesa Breeding   Dana Kennamer Hood     305
The African American Church and Its Role in Nurturing the Spiritual Development of Children   La Verne Tolbert   Marilyn Brownlee      320
Facing the Challenges for the Future
Reimagining the Spirit of Children: A Christian Pedagogical Vision   Karen Crozier     341
The Church's Contemporary Challenge: Assisting Adults to Mature Spiritually with Their Children   John H. Westerhoff III     355
THE Story and the Spiritual Formation of Children in the Church and in the Home   Catherine Stonehouse   Scottie May     366
"The Spirit of Children Future"   Donald Ratcliff     380
Contributor List     393

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