Teaching and Christian Imagination

Teaching and Christian Imagination

by David I. Smith, Susan M. Felch


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This book offers an energizing Christian vision for the art of teaching. The authors — experienced teachers themselves — encourage teacher-readers to reanimate their work by imagining it differently. David Smith and Susan Felch, along with Barbara Carvill, Kurt Schaefer, Timothy Steele, and John Witvliet, creatively use three metaphors — journeys and pilgrimages, gardens and wilderness, buildings and walls — to illuminate a fresh vision of teaching and learning. Stretching beyond familiar clichés, they infuse these metaphors with rich biblical echoes and theological resonances that will inform and inspire Christian teachers everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802873231
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 793,066
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David I. Smith is director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and Director of Graduate Studies in Education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Susan M. Felch is director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship and professor of English at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Journeys and Pilgrimages

Setting Our Feet on the Road 13

Are We Tourists or Pilgrims? 22

Walking the Path 42

What Sustains the Journey? 60

Part 2 Gardens and Wilderness

Clearing the Ground 89

Generous Beauty: Is Your Classroom a Royal Garden? 93

Shaping the Soul 106

The Just Community 123

Part 3 Buildings and Walls

Drawing the Blueprints 141

Laying the Foundations 149

Building the Walls 160

Climbing the Steps 169

Entering the Sanctuary 178

Setting up House 190

An Ending, an Invitation 205

Notes 207

General Index 237

Scripture Index 244

Index of Reflections 247

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