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Overview Addresses the religious and spiritual lives of children of various faiths, detailing, in youngsters' own words and pictures, their views on God, salvation, and the meaning of life
Publishers Description For 30 years Robert Coles has been talking and listening to children all over the world and recording their responses to crises, to hardship and sorrow and to moral and political pressure. In this one of eight volumes in his Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Children of Crisis, he speaks to and for the religious and spiritual lives of children, conveying their views of salvation and righteousness, their experience of God and their ways of understanding the ultimate meaning of their own lives.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Spiritual Life of Children by Robert Coles has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 89
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1993 page 103
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 92
Publishers Weekly - 09/27/1991
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 98
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Studio: Mariner Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.47" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.93" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Release Date Oct 10, 1991
Publisher Mariner Books
ISBN 0395599237 ISBN13 9780395599235 UPC 046442599238
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More About Robert Coles
Robert Coles, M.D. is a child psychiatrist and the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University. He is a founding member of the Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University. The author of numerous books, he wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning, multi-volume works The Inner Lives of Children and Children of Crisis. He is also the Editor of the documentary magazine Double Take.
Robert Coles currently resides in Concord, in the state of Massachusetts.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Spiritual Life of Children?
Theologically valuable as well Aug 30, 2001
I read this book from a point-of-view more interested from a theological than psychological (not that these have to be kept separate), and I suspect that EVERYONE who studies theology could benefit from listening to children describe their own spiritualities.
Coles' narration is occasionally insightful, occasionally annoying, always self-conscious. He interviews children alone and in groups, listening and participating in their reflections and conversations. He interviews various races and religions, including chapters on Christian, Jewish, Islamic and secular children in America, the UK, Tunisia and Israel. I found his interviews with Hopi children very provocative.
The book has both intellectual and spiritual value, and I hope it is read more widely than it has been.
Children, Religion, and Science Apr 4, 2000
Robert Coles' insightful study of children's ideas about God and religion also opens an important window on the question of the proper approah of science to religion. Coles appears to struggle personally with this issue, deciding in the end that the scientist may properly take a person's religious beliefs at face value. The delightful discussions with children that lead toward this conclusion make compelling reading.
Inner Lives of Children Skillfully Revealed Nov 22, 1999
Although this book was published in 1991, the ideas, attitudes, and spiritual insights of the children interviewed are as fresh and important as when the discussions first occurred. As adults we tend to dismiss the ability of children to offer their own interpretation of the Divine. This book clearly shows that it is frequently the adults that don't "get it." I found it especially appealing that Coles did not limit himself solely to children with a Christian background. The inclusion of Muslim, Jewish, and Native American children indicates that children's spirituality cuts across religious and cultural lines. I only wish Robert Coles had included more interviews and drawings!