Listening to Children on the Spiritual Journey
How do children experience and understand God? How can adults help children grow their life of faith? Throughout more than a decade of field research, children's spirituality experts Catherine Stonehouse and Scottie May listened to children talk about their relationships...
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How do children experience and understand God? How can adults help children grow their life of faith? Throughout more than a decade of field research, children's spirituality experts Catherine Stonehouse and Scottie May listened to children talk about their relationships with God, observed children and their parents in learning and worship settings, and interviewed adults about their childhood faith experiences. This accessibly written book weaves together their findings to offer a glimpse of the spiritual responsiveness and potential of children. Through case studies, it provides insight into children's perceptions of God and how they process their faith. In addition, the book suggests how parents, teachers, and ministry leaders can more effectively relate to and work with children and pre-adolescents to nurture their faith, offering a helpful picture of adults and children on the spiritual journey together. The book also includes color illustrations created by some of the children the authors observed.
Catherine Stonehouse (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Orlean Bullard Beeson Professor of Christian Education at Asbury Theological Seminary. She is the author of Patterns in Moral Development and has had extensive experience directing Christian education at both the local and denominational levels.
Scottie May is an experienced church educator, editor and developer of materials for childrenbs ministries, and a writer of curriculum and articles dealing with Christian Education issues. Currently she is Assistant Professor in the Department of Christian formation and Ministry at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. She has also taught courses for Trinity University, Deerfield, Illinois, Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and North Park Seminary, Chicago. She has a PhD in education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.