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The Spiritual Guidance of Children: Montessori, Godly Play, and the Future [Paperback]

Jerome W Berryman
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1 May 2013 0819228400 978-0819228406
This new book is an important history-of-traditions work in which Godly Play founder Jerome Berryman revisions religious education as spiritual guidance and traces the history of Montessori religious education through four generations. Berryman then highlights the development of the Godly Play approach to spiritual guidance within this context and concludes with thoughts about the fifth generation and the future of the tradition.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Morehouse Publishing (1 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819228400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819228406
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DR. JEROME BERRYMAN is internationally renowned as the founder of Godly Play. He is an Episcopal priest and is presently Senior Fellow at the Center for the Theology of Childhood (Godly Play Foundation).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Children and Spiritual Guidance 19 Dec 2013
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What influenced Godly Play and how might Godly Play help guide and nurture children in their spiritual lives? Jerome Berryman offers history along with his current thinking. Even if you don't 'do' Godly Play, the insights offered will enhance your ministry with and among children.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Godly Play Program 31 Jan 2014
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It's about Christian education for children but Jerome Berryman calls his new book The Spiritual Guidance of Children. Published by Morehouse and available at [...], Berryman starts with early history of providing Christian education for children, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the 1780s and onward.
An alternative program for children's spiritual quest and guidance was begun in Rome in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori. She believed that children are "inherently spiritual," and her teachers were trained to guide children in their spirituality. The assumption was that children have an inner faith from their beginning and they should be supported life long on their journey toward spiritual maturity. Sometimes when little children respond to something new or beautiful in nature, we see on their faces that they believe and they want to know more.
A prominent name in this history of children's spiritual education is Sofia Cavalletti of Rome, author of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program and its teachings, plans, and helpful books, published in the 1960s and 70s.
In the U.S. in the 1970s and on, Jerome and Thea Berryman began planning, producing, experimenting with the possibilities for a new program to be called Godly Play. They tested it in their Episcopal community, where it began to spread and is now quite ecumenical. The last chapter here provides information on ten examples of Godly Play as it is being used and diffused into the mainstream of Christian education around the world.
---Lois Sibley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for those who love and work with children in churches or families. 10 Mar 2014
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Berryman gives a clear history of the development of the Godly Play methodology as it grew out of Montessori educational practice and theory. Those who have some familiarity with the "nuts and bolts" of a Godly Play program will especially appreciate an outline of its history and the theology of childhood that supports the design of the program.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How 'Religious' Can Also Be 'Spiritual' - Our Children Are Doing It 26 Oct 2013
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This book will be a 'must have' for every Christian educator, describing Godly Play beautifully but more importantly, describing what the spiritual guidance of children must be about. (And doing it in language that is accessible.) Two sentences popped out for me, and this is just in the preface: "One needs to know the art of speaking Christian language well to know the art of living well."
and "How does Godly Play feel and why is that important?"
This book answers questions, gives a fabulous history of Christian 'education' and helps us see our way to the spiritual formation of children and adults alike using this revolutionary 'way' we call Godly Play. It also gives us thoughtful ideas for moving into the future. Thank you, Jerome Berryman, for all of your good work. I plan to recommend this book to parents, clergy -well, everyone!
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