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Children's Spirituality (Sure Foundations) [Paperback]

Rebecca Nye
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1 Oct 2009 Sure Foundations
This concise guide is an ideal introduction to the increasingly popular topic of children's spirituality. Mixing theory with tips on 'good practice', leading expert Rebecca Nye shows how choices made in churches and homes can stimulate or stifle a child's spiritual development, exploring: Childhood as a natural source of spirituality Ways to help children value and express their spirituality The role of Christian nurture and worship in early spiritual development

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  • Paperback: 107 pages
  • Publisher: Church House Publishing (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715140272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715140277
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A brilliant mix of thought provoking theology and challenging practical applications. It has changed how I see children and church.' -- Ben Mizen, Youth and Children's Work Adviser, Diocese of Portsmouth '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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise, insightful - alarmingly so 29 Oct 2010
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Rebecca Nye is a bit of an expert in children's spirituality: she co-wrote "Spirit of the Child", which is about as academic as this sort of thing gets. This new work isn't a book for academics but a book for practitioners: anyone who ever ends up leading Sunday School for example.

Nye takes the insights from her academic work into children's spirituality and places them against actual practice in our churches (mainly UK-based, but relevant elsewhere.) With this, she has an alarming thesis. Even seemingly child-friendly churches are not friendly to children's spirituality: in fact, they may even alienate children in the long run.

If she's right, then the long term reason behind church attendance falling away is that generations of children have been inoculated against it by Sunday School that bypasses their spirituality. She quotes the situation where the Sunday school teacher says: "What's small, with long teeth and a fluffy tail?" and the child says, "Well, it sounds like a squirrel, but I know the answer must be Jesus."

In creating Q&A sessions, with 'right' answers, then we've inhibited children's spirituality.

Or again, too often Sunday school activities can be reduced to: "now finish painting the whale, add on the paper in the collage and stick it together and you've got to do it in 2 minutes before you show it to congregation". This creates a seeming sympathy with children but isn't actually answering them on their level, or dealing with THEIR questions.

The book is in short chapters, often with questions at the end, some of which I've used in a workshop with teachers at the Sunday school I run, and we've found it incredibly useful, albeit challenging.

To follow through on her approach is seriously intensive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 24 Feb 2013
By Robert
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This is a Kindle book which is well worth the money and is a worthwhile read to exlore children's spirituality. It is well written and Rebecca Nye gives you plenty of opportunity to reflect on what she has written. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those who work with children 3 Dec 2012
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This is well written and easy to comprehend.
Recommended for leaders in church. Also for anyone who works with children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 1 Jan 2012
By Ames123
This is a book on my reading list for my course so it was good postage time so I can start using it and it is a good book jsut to read anyway. Thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ 15 Mar 2014
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People in the church who who teach children need to read this book. It is clear that children's spirituality begins at an early age and we are responsible for nurturing it,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 6 Sep 2012
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Very inspiring, really gets you thinking about children and their spirituality. Accessible and "friendly" although well-researched at the same time.
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