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Children and Spirituality: Searching for Meaning and Connection

by Brendan Hyde Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Brendan Hyde identifies four characteristics of children's spirituality: the felt sense, integrating awareness, weaving the threads of meaning, and spiritual questing. These characteristics can be observed in children if those who work with them know what to look for and are alert to the time, place and space in which children find themselves.

This book provides ways in which schoolteachers and parents can nurture and foster these particular characteristics of children's spirituality. It also considers two factors, material pursuit and trivialising, which may inhibit children's expression of their spirituality.

Children and Spirituality will be of great interest to educators, policy makers, parents, and others who work with and seek to nurture the spirituality of children.

Acknowledgements. Preface. Part 1: Preparing the Ground. 1. Introduction. 2. Mapping the Terrain. 3. Research on the Spirituality of Childhood. 4. An Approach for Understanding the Expressions of Human Life. Part 2: The Characteristics of Children's Spirituality. A Preface to Part 2. 5. The Felt Sense. 6. Integrating Awareness. 7. Weaving the Threads of Meaning. 8. Spiritual Questing. 9. Factors that Inhibit Spirituality. 10. Nurturing the Spiritual Dimension of Children's Lives. Notes. Bibliography. Subject Index. Author Index.

This is the kind of book which does a lot for broadening our views of what spirituality is about...a very holistic and insightful book with down-to-earth guidelines.
Brendan Hyde PhD is a lecturer in the National School of Religious Education at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, and a Member of the Australian College of Educators. Brendan has authored several scholarly articles and book chapters exploring the spirituality of children, and he regularly presents his work at international conferences.