- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (October 10, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395599237
- ISBN-13: 978-0395599235
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Child psychiatrist Coles interviews children from various cultural and religious backgrounds to find out what God means to them and how God fits into their lives. "The children, most around the age of 10, respond with fervency and depth that confirm Coles's close, respectful attention," said PW. Illustrated.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Pulitzer prize-winning Harvard child psychiatrist Coles, a social scientist and prolific writer of books dealing with children's perceptions of poverty, moral and political stress, and crisis, shares his research regarding children's understanding of and reflections on spiritual matters. Inspired by his psychoanalytic training and a conversation with Anna Freud, Coles interviewed in-depth over 500 Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and agnostic children, ages eight to 12, living in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. What Cole delivers, in between thoughtful but nonjargonistic explanations of children's remarks and art work, are detailed, fascinating conversations between an expert interviewer and children struggling to understand God and the contradictions of their religious teachings. Recommended for larger public and college library collections and church/synagogue libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/90.
-Janice Arenofsky, formerly with Arizona State Lib., Phoenix
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Coles' narration is occasionally insightful, occasionally annoying, always self-conscious. He interviews children alone and in groups, listening and participating in their reflections and conversations. He interviews various races and religions, including chapters on Christian, Jewish, Islamic and secular children in America, the UK, Tunisia and Israel. I found his interviews with Hopi children very provocative.
The book has both intellectual and spiritual value, and I hope it is read more widely than it has been.