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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Church House Publishing (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715140272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715140277
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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Best book on the subject. Heard Rebecca speak on several occasions. Lady knows what she is talking about. If you want just one book on this particular subject then Rebecca's book is the one to buy.
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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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