“With gentle wisdom grounded in solid theology and child development theory, Karen Marie Yust provides parents practical ways to help their kids grow in faith. I highly recommend it.”
—Michele Borba, author, Building Moral Intelligence
, and No More Misbehavin’
“Real Kids, Real Faith is thoughtful and practical, affirming and challenging, steeped in traditions and grounded in contemporary life. By avoiding pat answers on the one hand and abstract philosophy on the other, Karen Marie Yust offers the inspiration and tools needed to nurture life-shaping faithfulness in children”
—Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Search Institute
“This is the most balanced and useful guide to the spiritual growth of children that I know. Written by a wise professor and loving mother, this book will enrich the spiritual lives of children as it deepens the spiritual lives of parents.”
—Don Browning, University of Chicago and author, Marriage and Modernization
“Parents interested in how children incorporate a spiritual worldview will find this book illuminating. Drawing on child psychology, anthropological and theological perspectives on acculturation, and development of a spiritual system, Karen Marie Yust offers an explicit understanding of how children can be encouraged to incorporate spirituality into their lives. Personal anecdotes help to illustrate her insights."
—Cyndie White, comanager, Harvard University Office of Work/Life and Family Resources
From the Inside Flap
In a culture that has lost touch with love, compassion, and meaning, how can parents be intentional about building a spiritual foundation for their childrens development? In looking to their own upbringing for guidance, parents often feel even more at a loss. They dont 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, teacher, and mother, Karen Marie Yust offers a refreshing array of resources and provisions to guide and sustain parents and children on their mutual journey. Drawn from a three-year study of childrens 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 childrens 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 genuine faith.
In addition to its wealth of practical advice on how to engage children in authentic faith practice, Real Kids, Real Faith helps parents identify their own important role in a childs deepening life of faith. This book forges a path for a childs spiritual life and invites parents to share the journey.