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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310520711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310520719
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book that integrates a biblical and theological understanding of the child and the most useful insights of developmental psychology. This is a unique volume combining both biblical and theological foundations for children's ministry with a careful assessment of the other major issues in nurturing children: developmentalism, the context of learning and growth, values, cognitive abilities, and social relationships. In this one comprehensive volume an integrated approach to children's ministry emerges, compelling the student and practitioner alike to latch on to its theological handles and pull.

About the Author

Lawrence O. Richards is currently a full-time author and speaker.  He has written over 200 Christian books, including commentaries on every book of the Bible and Zondervan bestselling Adventure Bible and Teen Study Bible, which he did with his wife, Sue.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eddy Hall on February 21, 2001
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As a Christian education major in college, I was steeped in traditional programming--Sunday school, children's church.
Shortly after I graduated, I discovered Larry Richards. And I ended up throwing out about 90% of what I'd learned in college and replacing it with the much more exciting--and biblical--approach I found in Richards' books.
A THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION was my introduction to Richards in the 70s. The first edition of this book came out in 1983, and I think I read it the first year it was out. I was director of a small inner city ministry at the time, and we had been struggling for two years with the question of "What do we do with the kids?"
This book framed an innocent-looking question: Where were the kids in the New Testament church? Were they in Sunday school? Were they in children's church? No, they were worshiping in living rooms with their parents in house church. They were learning how to live the Christian faith by watching--and participating with--adults who were living out Christian community with the kids in the thick middle of it.
This inspired our little group (about five families) to commit to making our house church intergenerational. All our children at that time were age 6 and under. The kids didn't stay with us the entire two hours, but they were fully integrated into community life. It was absolutely the best experience of church we had ever had. For my six-year-old son, house church became the highlight of his week that he looked forward to all week long. The down side of this is that this was such a positive experience of church that my oldest children are seriously spoiled: "church as usual" now leaves them feeling really empty.
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By Leng Xiong on June 5, 2012
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I was looking for a good read for Christian Education and had an interest for different age groups. I am blessed to have come across this book and immediately wanted it. I couldn't believe the price. What is more, I couldn't believe the great condition that it came when I finally got it. I'm sure that I will have a good time with this book.
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Lawrence O. Richards is currently a full time author and speaker. He has written over 200 Christian books, including commentaries on every book of the Bible and Zondervan best-selling Adventure Bible and Teen Study Bible, which he did with his wife, Sue.

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