follows are a few of the foundational books for Blessing Based Spiritual
Nurture and Holy Listening. These are just the “tip of the iceberg”, we
send us your recommendations of other books which value children’s
spiritual nature; provide foundational understandings of the spirituality
of children; which are useful tools for encouraging children, families,
schools, churches to deepen and enhance the connection with God and innate
sense of prayer with which children are born.
Books on Children’s
Spirituality and Faith Formation
Hay, David and Nye,
Spirit of the Child; TreeHaus Publications, 1999
Gift to Listen, Courage to Hear; Abingdon, 2002
Weber, Hans Ruedi;
Jesus and the Children; TreeHaus Publications, 1992
Blessing in the Bible and the Life of the Church, Fortress Press,
Bass, Dorothy and
Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens; Upper Room Books,
Nashville, TN, 2003
Christian Nurture, 1979 Ed
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching—Genesis.
Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1982. pages 22-38.
Bunge, Marcia, ed.
The Child in Christian Thought. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001.
Come Unto Me, United Church Press, 1996
The Religious Potential of the Child: Experiencing Scripture and Liturgy
with Young Children; Liturgy Training Publications, 1992
Cloyd, Betty Shannon;
Parents and Grandparents as Spiritual Guides: Nurturing Children of the
Promise; Upper Room Books, 2000
The Spiritual Life of Children; Houghton Mifflin Co., 1990
Dean, Kendra Creasy and
The Godbearing Life; Upper Room Books,
Childhood and Society, Norton & Co., 1963
Jensen, David H. Graced Vulnerability.
Soul Shaper; Youth Specialties,
Choosing Church; Abingdon, 2002
Miller-McLemore, Bonnie J.;
Let the Children Come: Reimagining Childhood from a Christian
Perspective, Jossey-Bass, 2003
Mercer, Joyce Ann.
Welcoming Children: A Practical Theology of Childhood. St. Louis:
Chalice Press, 2005.
In the End-The Beginning. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004.
Muller, Wayne. Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives.
Bantam Books, 1999.
Myers, Barbara Kimes
and Myers, William R.;
Engaging in Transcendence: The Church’s Ministry and Covenant with Young
Children; Pilgrim Press, 1992
Ed.; Children's Spirituality: Christian Perspectives, Spirituality and
Applications, Cascade Books (August, 2004)
Rogers, Donald B. and
Nowak, Jacqueline J.
In Praise of Learning. Revision of 1980 classic text.
Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey; Baker Books, 1998
Snyder, Martha and Ross;
The Young Child as Person
Stewart, Sonja M. and
Berryman, Jerome W.;
Young Children and Worship;,
Wigger, J. Bradley;
The Power of God at Home, Jossey-Bass; January 22, 2003
Yust, Karen Marie;
Real Kids, Real Faith; Jossey-Bass,
Yust, Karen Marie,
Aostre N. Johnson, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, and Eugene C Roehlkepartain,
eds. Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality.
Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.