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Real Kids, Real Faith

Practices for Nurturing Childrens' Spiritual Lives

by Karen Marie Yust

In a cul­ture that has lost touch with love, com­pas­sion, and mean­ing, how can par­ents be inten­tion­al about build­ing a spir­i­tu­al foun­da­tion for their children’s devel­op­ment? In look­ing to their own upbring­ing for guid­ance, par­ents often feel even more at a loss — they don’t 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, a teacher, and a moth­er, Karen Marie Yust offers a refresh­ing array of resources and pro­vi­sions to guide and sus­tain par­ents and chil­dren on thi­er mutu­al jour­ney. Drawn from a three-year study of children’s 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 children’s 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 authen­tic faith.

2004

Recommendations

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’

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