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4.3 out of 5 stars
The Spiritual Life of Children
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on January 7, 2017
I expected more than just the individual interviews with children.
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on August 30, 2001
I read this book from a point-of-view more interested from a theological than psychological (not that these have to be kept separate), and I suspect that EVERYONE who studies theology could benefit from listening to children describe their own spiritualities.
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.
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on June 4, 2016
The real life examples of the existential dilemmas for children were poignant and for this therapist and mother they brought clarity and deeper understanding of how children grapple with the same meaning for life as do adults.
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on September 4, 2016
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on September 30, 2016
Brilliant and and Moving
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on December 29, 2013
Lots of interesting things to ponder in this book, and many to apply to developing faith based programs for children. The book arrived quickly and was in excellent condition.
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on February 17, 2015
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on July 1, 2015
The person who sent it was sooo pronto! Thanks!! AND the book is in excellent condition --- a favorable trait since a friend received the book as gift.
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on November 20, 2011
Read this a long time ago when our children were small, and have now reread it to understand an issue with one of our grandchildren. The book retains its relevancy, some 20 years after publication. I'm not surprised that it is still in print ... 'tis a gem. The insights it offers from thoughtful discussions with children of many faiths are astonishing, as is the trenchant remarks about the integration of religion and science. This would make a wonderful gift for any parent, any thoughtful person who wants to experience the spiritual in a profoundly new way. The stories the children tell can be heartbreaking, as when grade-schoolers talk about death and attempt to answer the oldest questions ... why is there evil? Why am I here? Poignant....
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on April 4, 2000
Robert Coles' insightful study of children's ideas about God and religion also opens an important window on the question of the proper approah of science to religion. Coles appears to struggle personally with this issue, deciding in the end that the scientist may properly take a person's religious beliefs at face value. The delightful discussions with children that lead toward this conclusion make compelling reading.
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