Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey: Nurturing a Life of Faith (Bridgepoint Books)
As the faith examples for children, we as adults, are to guide them on their spiritual journey. The information provided in this volume will give insights as to how parents and the church community are to work together teaching them the spiritual truths they needs to learn.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Baker Academic
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Nov 09, 2012 Brett Marko rated it 4 of 5 stars
I was quite surprised by this book. I didn't think I was going to like it as much as I did. Cathy Stonehouse does an excellent job in showing how modern educational and developmental psychology theories relate to the process of christian education and discipleship efforts with the youth. She does a great job in explaining what has worked for her and the churches she has been affiliated with. The only concern would be implementing her strategies into a very large church or a very small church. Ot...more
There was way more psych theory than I had anticipated, but Stonehouse integrated it with how we are to understand the development of church in their faith, or as she puts it: "spiritual journey." All in all, there was quite a bit to glean and think through when it comes to understanding the development of children, the role of parenting, and the role of the Church community.
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“In the process of helping children prepare to minister and in doing ministry together, important relationships can develop between child and adult. When we know one another and are known, identity builds. Working together with adults, children have the opportunity to follow the example of those adults.”
“When people no longer love God with their whole heart, religious observances with the greatest of potential become only hollow rituals, and the integrity of life and word is gone, draining events of their power to communicate the faith.”More quotes…