Children and Spirituality: Searching for Meaning and Connectedness

Children and Spirituality: Searching for Meaning and Connectedness 380 Book Reviews / International Journal of Public Theology 5 (2011) 367–383 Brendan Hyde, Children and Spirituality: Searching for Meaning and Connectedness (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2008), pp. 192, ₤17.99, ISBN 978-1-84310-589-3 (pbk). Brendan Hyde explores the expression of spirituality in children and suggests ways for teachers and parents to enhance opportunities for such expression. In chapter two Hyde presents various perspectives on the idea of spirituality ranging from the neuro- biological and evolutionary to those in eastern philosophies. He understands spiritual- ity in terms of concepts of inner life, connectedness and meaning-making. He views spirituality as an essential human trait, arguing that the concept of spirituality is much broader than that of religion, and that it would be misleading to confine it within the ambit of formal religion. He also points out the problems in defining spirituality and therefore confines himself to describing rather than defining. In chapter three, Hyde reports some of the work done on children’s spirituality by David Heller, Robert Coles, Elaine McCreery, Clive Erricker and Jane Erricker, David Hay and Rebecca Nye, among others. In chapter four Hyde explains and justifies the theoretical and actual setting of his research: he employs the theoretical perspective http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Public Theology Brill

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BRILL
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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1872-5171
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1569-7320
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10.1163/156973211X581669
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380 Book Reviews / International Journal of Public Theology 5 (2011) 367–383 Brendan Hyde, Children and Spirituality: Searching for Meaning and Connectedness (London: Jessica Kingsley, 2008), pp. 192, ₤17.99, ISBN 978-1-84310-589-3 (pbk). Brendan Hyde explores the expression of spirituality in children and suggests ways for teachers and parents to enhance opportunities for such expression. In chapter two Hyde presents various perspectives on the idea of spirituality ranging from the neuro- biological and evolutionary to those in eastern philosophies. He understands spiritual- ity in terms of concepts of inner life, connectedness and meaning-making. He views spirituality as an essential human trait, arguing that the concept of spirituality is much broader than that of religion, and that it would be misleading to confine it within the ambit of formal religion. He also points out the problems in defining spirituality and therefore confines himself to describing rather than defining. In chapter three, Hyde reports some of the work done on children’s spirituality by David Heller, Robert Coles, Elaine McCreery, Clive Erricker and Jane Erricker, David Hay and Rebecca Nye, among others. In chapter four Hyde explains and justifies the theoretical and actual setting of his research: he employs the theoretical perspective

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Published: Jan 1, 2011

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