Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation: Four Views . By Michael J. Anthony, ed. Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2006. 286 pages. ISBN: 0805441867.

Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation: Four Views . By Michael J. Anthony, ed.... Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation: Four Views. By Michael J. Anthony, ed. Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2006. 286 pages. ISBN: 0805441867. Drawing from pastors, practitioners, and theorists, Michael Anthony provides "a forum for the leaders of four major models of children's spiritual formation to articulate their theological foundations of children's ministry, their philosophical design" (2). presuppositions, and also a detailed analysis of their programmatic Connecting beliefs about children's faith formation and practices in children's ministry is the unique contribution of this book. Anthony first tackles defining spirituality, a slippery concept in both religious and secular literature. His diagram, "Theological Perspectives on Spirituality" (16), depicts influencing factors in the book's Protestant, Christian, and evangelical worldview. Children's spirituality is broadly described as "the point at which a young child initiates an awareness ofthe spiritual dimension in life and desires to explore this feeling" (23). Presenting a paradigm for children's spiritual formation, Anthony integrates Urban Holmes' understanding of human spirituality and prayer, which creates. a vertical axis: "how children experience God" (as expressed inA History of Spirituality); and David Kolb's Learning Cycle, which comprises the horizontal axis: "how children learn about God" (36). Each quadrant, then, reveals a unique perspective http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Youth and Theology Brill

Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation: Four Views . By Michael J. Anthony, ed. Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2006. 286 pages. ISBN: 0805441867.

Journal of Youth and Theology, Volume 6 (2): 101 – Feb 17, 2007

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© Copyright 2007 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation: Four Views. By Michael J. Anthony, ed. Nashville: Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2006. 286 pages. ISBN: 0805441867. Drawing from pastors, practitioners, and theorists, Michael Anthony provides "a forum for the leaders of four major models of children's spiritual formation to articulate their theological foundations of children's ministry, their philosophical design" (2). presuppositions, and also a detailed analysis of their programmatic Connecting beliefs about children's faith formation and practices in children's ministry is the unique contribution of this book. Anthony first tackles defining spirituality, a slippery concept in both religious and secular literature. His diagram, "Theological Perspectives on Spirituality" (16), depicts influencing factors in the book's Protestant, Christian, and evangelical worldview. Children's spirituality is broadly described as "the point at which a young child initiates an awareness ofthe spiritual dimension in life and desires to explore this feeling" (23). Presenting a paradigm for children's spiritual formation, Anthony integrates Urban Holmes' understanding of human spirituality and prayer, which creates. a vertical axis: "how children experience God" (as expressed inA History of Spirituality); and David Kolb's Learning Cycle, which comprises the horizontal axis: "how children learn about God" (36). Each quadrant, then, reveals a unique perspective

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