Complete Guide to Godly Play Volume 1

How to Lead Godly Play Lessons

Jerome W. Berryman

Sep/2002, 152 Pages, PAPERBACK, 8 1/4 x 10 3/4

ISBN-13: 9781889108957



In this series of books, Jerome Berryman doesn't make any universal claims, such as "Everyone should do Godly Play, and this is exactly how they should do it." Godly Play isn't something that everyone can or should do. You will need to practice these lessons, use them with children, reflect on them and do them some more before they will be yours. This is especially important, since all we can really teach the children is how to enter the language to be more fully in God's presence. How can you explain that? You have to show it.

In Volume 1 of The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Jerome Berryman provides many opportunities for you to practice and reflect on this art.

What's inside Volume 1: How to Lead Godly Play Lessons? You'll find what you need here to enter into the most rewarding play of all: Godly Play.

  • Chapter 1: What is Godly Play?
  • Chapter 2: You Are a Storyteller
  • Chapter 3: Play, Pseudoplay and Grace
  • Chapter 4: The Nuts and Bolts of Godly Play
  • Chapter 5: Godly Play Spoken Here
  • Chapter 6: Entering the Tradition
  • Chapter 7: Toward a Theology of Childhood
  • Epilogue: A Last Story
  • Appendix: More Information on Godly Play





Jerome W. Berryman is the founder of Godly Play and has wide experience working with children ages 2-18. Writer, lecturer and workshop leader, Rev. Berryman is Senior Fellow of the Center for the Theology of Childhood. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Teaching Godly Play, Children and the Theologians, and The Spiritual Guidance of Children: Montessori, Godly Play and the Future.

"Jerome Berryman's work helps children internalize the Christian tradition, and then offers them the opportunity to use that tradition in their daily living" - Rev. Jim Carr, United Methodist clergy, San Antonio, TX

"For those of us who have been using Godly Play for some time, this is just what you've been waiting for: these well-organized, easy-to-use volumes offer sessions to lead you through the year" - Candy Moser, Accredited Godly Play Teacher Trainer, Maitland, Florida

"I've always loved Godly Play and these books make it both easy and accessible to everyone" - Rev. Cheryl Minor, All Saints Episcopal Church, Belmont, MA