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Real Kids, Real Faith: Practices for Nurturing Children's Spiritual Lives

Real Kids, Real Faith: Practices for Nurturing Children's Spiritual Lives

Karen Marie Yust, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-0-787-96407-8 April 2004 Jossey-Bass 240 Pages


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In a culture that has lost touch with love, compassion, and meaning, how can parents be intentional about building a spiritual foundation for their children’s development? In looking to their own upbringing for guidance, parents often feel even more at a loss—they don’t want to make the same mistakes their parents did, so they either become too strict, or they take a completely hands-off approach. A pastor, a teacher, and a mother, Karen Marie Yust offers a refreshing array of resources and provisions to guide and sustain parents and children on thier mutual journey. Drawn from a three-year study of children’s spirituality, as well as the best in theological tradition and literature, Real Kids, Real Faith provides insight and a variety of helpful tips for nurturing children’s spiritual and religious formation. Yust challenges the prevailing notion that children are unable to grasp religious concepts and encourages parents to recognize children as capable of authentic faith.



Introduction: The Quest to Support Our Children’s Spiritual Lives.

Chapter 1: What’s Faith Got to Do with Childhood?

Chapter 2: Creating a Spiritual World for Children to Inhabit.

Chapter 3: Telling Stories That Draw Children into a Life of Faith.

Chapter 4: Helping Children Name God’s Presence in Their Lives.

Chapter 5: Praying with Children.

Chapter 6: Supporting Children as They Grow in Spiritual Awareness.

Chapter 7: Acting Out Our Spirituality with Children.

Conclusion: Finding a Faith Community to Call Your Own.

Thinking About Children and Faith: Questions for Reflection and Discussion.


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