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Habits of a Child's Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines [Paperback]

By Valerie Hess (Author)
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Item description for Habits of a Child's Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines by Valerie Hess...

This guide gives parents resources and specific ideas to intentionally develop their child's faith. Loving and diligent adults will learn all about the spiritual disciplines--including study, meditation, service, worship, and more--so they can model and teach them to their kids.

Publishers Description
Teach your children the basics of the spiritual disciplines. Broken down into bite-sized, age-specific exercises, the foundations of the Christian life will become lifetime habits. Practice the spiritual disciplines as a family by:
- Serving others in a practical way
- Simplifying schedules and possessions
- Developing new habits of worship
- Meditating on specific Bible passages

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Habits of a Child's Heart: Raising Your Kids With the Spiritual Discipline
By Valerie E. Hess

Binding: Softcover

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From Publishers Weekly
Based solidly on Richard Foster's classic work Celebration of Discipline, this book takes some of the basic components of Christian discipline-including prayer, fasting, meditation, study, service and worship-and adapts them for the very young. The first half of each chapter explains a particular spiritual discipline to parents, and encourages them to practice it in their own lives. The second half offers suggestions for teaching the discipline to children of various ages, with ideas for hands-on learning activities. For example, a school-age child can keep a prayer journal, recording prayer requests and, when possible, answers received; a younger child can give up sugary foods once a week and remember that time with God is the best "dessert" of all. Many parents will appreciate the authors' suggestions about the discipline of simplicity, teaching children to let go not only of unnecessary material things but also of obligations that are not helping them grow spiritually. This is a wise, essential book. Copyright 2004 Publishers Weekly

Citations And Professional Reviews
Habits of a Child's Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines by Valerie Hess has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • CBA Retailers - 03/01/2004 page 47
  • Christian Retailing - 04/05/2004 page 23
  • Christian Home & School - 12/01/2004 page 31
  • Library Journal - 02/09/2004

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Item Specifications...

Studio: NavPress
Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.16" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 29, 2004
Publisher   NavPress Publishing Group
ISBN  1576834271  
ISBN13  9781576834275  

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More About Valerie Hess

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Valerie E. Hess speaks and teaches extensively on the spiritual disciplines. She has helped develop many Renovare small groups, writing a monthly newsletter to support them. Valerie and her husband live in Boulder, Colorado.
Marti Watson Garlett, Ph.D., has more than thirty years of experience as an educator, author, and worldwide lecturer. She has written numerous articles and two previous books, Who Will Be My Teacher? and Kids with Character. Currently she serves as the founding dean of the innovative online Teachers College established at Western Governors University. Dr. Garlett and her husband live in Azusa, California.

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Because childlike faith matters...  Aug 30, 2007
I love reading about methods that have withstood the test of time for the Christian journey. The spiritual disciplines are a methodolgy that has withstood the test of "how to find a richer life with God" since the time Jesus lived on earth. Certainly if Jesus needed to practice times of solitude, silence, fasting, simplicity, worship, service....and so on, we need to position ourselves in the same way.

What I love about "Habits of a Child's Heart" is that Valerie and Marti believe children are not exempt from the richness of a deep connection with God. Their book is not only rare in it's class, its proof that children can and need to have a plan for transformation that includes the spiritual holy habits. The proof that this works is in the pudding of what I have experienced with the children at my own church. I saw many of them taste God through these simple yet tangible ways of fiinding God's heart.

The book covers explaining, teaching, and practicing each of the 12 mentioned dsiciplines and breaks the teaching down into early childhood, middle and adolescent categories.

Two added goodies come at the conclusion of the book with an epilogue that includes a very helpful chart of the balanced life. Following that in the appendix is a master calendar that is so helpful for a person who seeks to have balance in a muti-task culture.

This book is a treasured resource for parents who want to teach a balanced and intentional journey of discipleship to their children as well as for Sunday school or private school teachers and administrators. It can be used as a resource, devotional tool, supplement to cirriculum and even a nice way to introduce the disciplines to a church at large. I highly reccommend it!

Book didn't connect with me...  Jun 26, 2007
There was just something about this book that I didn't connect with. The idea was to take Richard Foster's classic Celebration of Discipline and present those principles in a book for parents who wanted to teach these spiritual disciplines to their children. While the concept is wonderful, the book left much to be desired. I really think it was that I didn't connect with the writers themselves and how they practically put into practice the spiritual disciplines. I didn't connect with their examples - to be blunt, it seemed to be a book written by homeschoolers who are just detached from the realities of life. Now, I'm not sure that is an accurate picture, but that was my impression.

The book was full of incredible quotes from a wide variety of individuals - and the overall concept and premise of the book is an excellent idea. We do, as parents, need to work to teach our children the importance of the spiritual disciplines and we do need suggestions on how to make them practical for children of all ages, from elementary age to high school. So, even though I didn't connect with the two authors and their examples, I did walk away with some valuable tools and ideas on how to implement the spiritual disciplines with my own children.

Unfortunately, I don't feel like I can personally recommend this book highly to others and that's a disappointment. Richard Foster recommends the book and I do believe that the authors were true to his original classic in their version, but I walked away from this book more focused on the things I didn't like than the things that I did.
Habits of a Child's Heart Review  Apr 24, 2006
This book is incredibly insightful for those with or without children. As an adult who does not have children, but who looks forward to the day when I can share this book with them, I appreciated the way Valerie and Marty presented the material to reach adults and children alike. Anyone who has the privilege of raising a child or working with children, and is looking for thought-provoking and wholesome ways to communicate the spiritual disciplines with them, will greatly benefit from this book. Teaching these habits to the young is a powerful way to lay a foundation that cannot be shaken.

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