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This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World Paperback – December 14, 2017

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"Frankly, this is one of the best books about faith formation I’ve read." —Elizabeth Palmer, Christian Century


 "When children begin to ask the big questions in life, many parents feel unprepared. What's more, their own yearning to find meaning, hope, and a deeper faith may be ignited. In this unblinkingly honest and tender work, Sophfronia Scott and her son, Tain, share their journey of faith. From her roots growing up in a large Baptist family in Ohio, to her spiritual curiosity as a Harvard undergrad, to her commitment to honor her young son’s request to attend Sunday School, Sophfronia gently models how to nurture the innate spirituality and faith of a child. In doing so, her own faith grows and deepens as well. And when the trials come, such as the deaths of several people close to her and her family, she is more prepared to help Tain understand and accept these losses. What no one could prepare them for, however, was the horrific event that transpired at Tain’s school, Sandy Hook Elementary, on December 14, 2014. A third grader at the time, Tain was spared—but his “godbrother,” Ben was not. Somehow, even when confronted with the unthinkable, Tain and his mom find a way to survive, spiritually and emotionally. Surely this was due, in part, to the commitment she had made to raise a “spiritual child in a secular world.” This Child of Faith doesn’t claim to know all the answers, but it serves as a moving testimony to the power of faith when a family embarks upon the journey together." —Rev. Andrea Raynor, author of The Alphabet of Grief, The Voice That Calls You Home, A Light on the Corner, and Incognito: Lost and Found at Harvard Divinity School

In this beautiful and timely memoir, mother and son share insights from a family's spiritual awakening, a journey that led to a deep experience of God and a new way of life in the world. Not only do they offer practical advice on faith formation, but they tackle a difficult question: How does faith prepare us not only life's joys but for its most shocking tragedies?  The answer is deceptively simple: by paying attention to the Spirit and trusting one another.  Read this one and weep.  And discover the hope of a child. —Diana Butler Bass, author, Grounded: Finding God in the World, A Spiritual Revolution

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  • Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
  • ISBN-10 : 1612619258
  • Paperback : 196 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1612619255
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Publisher : Paraclete Press (December 14, 2017)
  • Language: : English
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