This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World

This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World

by Sophfronia Scott, Tain Gregory


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A gift of hope and encouragement to all parents and their children, in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy. 

In This Child of Faith, mother and son writing team Sophfronia Scott and Tain Gregory share stories, experiences and ideas to help parents get to the heart of the question: How do you help a child have faith—real faith that they own—in the challenging world we live in today?

Tain Gregory was present in his third grade classroom on the morning of December 14, 2012, the date of the Sandy Hook shootings. As part of the healing process for the community after the tragedy Tain was asked “What’s the most important thing in the world to you?”
His mother expected an answer about a video game or Pokemon trading card. Tain thinks for a moment then answers with one word. “God.” Until that moment, Tain’s mother had no idea how close to the surface Tain’s faith existed for him.
This is a fascinating look at the journey of three souls, Tain’s and his parents’, that began with Tain enrolling in Sunday School and led to a strong life of faith for all of them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612619255
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 12/14/2017
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sophfronia Scott is a novel and essay writer who spent a large part of her early career as a writer and editor for Time and People magazines. She holds a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Tain Gregory is in the eighth grade at Newtown Middle School. He enjoys riding his bike, playing video games with his friends, acting in musicals, and playing piano. He sings at church and serves as a junior acolyte. He’s also a Boy Scout in Newtown’s Troop 770 and appeared in the Sandy Hook documentary that became Midsummer in Newtown, from Participant, the company that produced the Oscar-winning Spotlight.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 The Mother As Child 1

Chapter 2 The Hairbrush Song 19

Chapter 3 The Search for a Spiritual Home 35

Chapter 4 What Does God Look Like? 49

Chapter 5 Of Habits and Rituals 75

Chapter 6 When Summer Disappeared 109

Chapter 7 Who Is the Teacher and Who Is the Student? 125

Chapter 8 When the Path Opens Up 145

Chapter 9 When Christmas Disappeared 159

Chapter 10 Growing Pains 175

Acknowledgments 187

Notes 189

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 "When children begin to ask the big questions in life, many parents feel unprepared. What's more, their own yearning to find meaning, hope, and a deeper faith may be ignited. In this unblinkingly honest and tender work, Sophfronia Scott and her son, Tain, share their journey of faith. From her roots growing up in a large Baptist family in Ohio, to her spiritual curiosity as a Harvard undergrad, to her commitment to honor her young son’s request to attend Sunday School, Sophfronia gently models how to nurture the innate spirituality and faith of a child. In doing so, her own faith grows and deepens as well. And when the trials come, such as the deaths of several people close to her and her family, she is more prepared to help Tain understand and accept these losses. What no one could prepare them for, however, was the horrific event that transpired at Tain’s school, Sandy Hook Elementary, on December 14, 2014. A third grader at the time, Tain was spared—but his “godbrother,” Ben was not. Somehow, even when confronted with the unthinkable, Tain and his mom find a way to survive, spiritually and emotionally. Surely this was due, in part, to the commitment she had made to raise a “spiritual child in a secular world.” This Child of Faith doesn’t claim to know all the answers, but it serves as a moving testimony to the power of faith when a family embarks upon the journey together." —Rev. Andrea Raynor, author of The Alphabet of Grief, The Voice That Calls You Home, A Light on the Corner, and Incognito: Lost and Found at Harvard Divinity School

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