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Spiritual Conversations with Children

Listening to God Together

by Lacy Finn Borgo

We are born into this world with a nat­ur­al long­ing to con­nect to God and oth­er human beings. When chil­dren have a lis­ten­ing com­pan­ion who hears, acknowl­edges, and encour­ages their ear­ly expe­ri­ences with God, it cre­ates a spir­i­tu­al foot­print that shapes their lives. How can we increase our capac­i­ty to engage chil­dren in spir­i­tu­al conversations?

In this book Lacy Finn Bor­go draws on her own expe­ri­ence of prac­tic­ing spir­i­tu­al direc­tion with chil­dren. She offers an overview of child­hood spir­i­tu­al for­ma­tion and intro­duces key skills for engag­ing con­ver­sa­tion — pos­ture, pow­er, and pat­terns — from a Christ-cen­tered perspective. 

When we are ful­ly present and open to anoth­er, we will be changed,” Bor­go writes. Indeed, as you lis­ten to God with a child, the child will lead you into a fuller expe­ri­ence of God’s love and acceptance.” 

In this book you’ll find: 

  • Sam­ple inter­ac­tive dia­logues with children 
  • Ideas for engag­ing chil­dren with play, art, and movement 
  • Prayers to use together 

Whether you are a par­ent or grand­par­ent, pas­tor or spir­i­tu­al direc­tor, you will find this to be a friend­ly guide into deep­er ways of listening. 

2020 Intervarsity Press


Learning to be truly present to another human being is the crying need of our day. For children, the need is double and triple. By gripping story and vivid metaphor, Lacy Finn Borgo shows us step-by-step how we can be truly present when we are with others, children especially. Spiritual Conversations with Children provides us with open windows and swinging doors onto the inner lives of children. I recommend it highly.
Richard Foster, Founder of Renovaré, Author of Celebration of Discipline and Streams of Living Water

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