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A realistic, straight-forward approach to exploring one's faith and doubts, and talking with the next generation about important spiritual issues.
A child's spiritual pilgrimage begins from the earliest moments of life and is shaped by the significant adults in the child's ever-expanding world. Yet often adults have an inadequate or unclear understanding of their faith, and are unsure how to impart their own Christian beliefs to their children in a credible and meaningful way.
Oppenheimer offers guidance for adults who seek ways, for themselves and for their children, to "live with the questions" with a faithful openness and deep sincerity. She presents the possibilities for adults to "become as little children" in their faith, without naivete, and for children to "grow in wisdom and stature," without the need for dogmatic certainties.
An encouraging book for those who face the challenge of living out the Christian commitment--of maintaining the balance of being true to Christ while being true to one's self and one's children.
"This book confirms what I have experienced with my own children and with the children at our church--that to commend the Christian faith to the next generation we must face serious issues and not patronize the children with the curious mix of myth and morality we often give them. A first-rate book, long overdue."
—The Living Church
"Sunday school teachers, parents and inquirers' classes should read this book. Preachers should read this book. Most of all, if your parish has a task force on evangelism, it absolutely must read this book."
"If you ever have been told by parents or prospective Sunday school teachers that they lack confidence in their Christian beliefs to share their faith with children, you will find Hellen Oppenheimer's Helping Children Find God to be a helpful resource to offer them. This book can be handed to an uncertain adult who seeks encouragement for sharing faith with children with honesty and integrity. It is also an excellent resource or a group of adults who work with children for prompting adult discussion about spiritual pilgrimages. If teachers know that it is in teaching that one is taught, then this book is one of those tools whereby teachers grow in their understanding of their own Christian beliefs and experiences of God."
—Journal of Family Ministry
"This book can be handed to an uncertain adult who seeks encouragement for sharing faith with children with honesty and integrity. It is also an excellent resource for a group of adults who work with children for prompting adult discussion about spiritual pilgrimages. If teachers know that it is "in teaching that one is taught," then this book is one of those tools whereby teachers grow in their understanding of their own Christian beliefs and experiences of God."
—Carol E. Lytch, Louisville Seminary Presbyterian Church
"I wish I had the resources to supply a copy for every deacon, priest, bishop and parent...as well as the power to make them read it! This is one of the most practical books written in a long time for those who work with children..."
—Sewanee Theological Review
"This straightforward account of the Christian faith is written for parents, teachers and clergy who are charged with transmitting beliefs to the younger generation. The author says it was written in reaction to the tendency to feed children a 'reduced' Christian faith with ' all the difficult bits' that make belief worthwhile left out."
—ECW Communique, Spring 1996