The Spiritual Life of Children

The Spiritual Life of Children In this eighth and final volume in his Pulitzer Prizewinning Children of Crisis series Coles examines the religious and spiritual lives of children By using children s own words and pictures Coles p

In this eighth and final volume in his Pulitzer Prizewinning Children of Crisis series, Coles examines the religious and spiritual lives of children By using children s own words and pictures, Coles presents their deepest feelings.In this eighth and final volume in his Pulitzer Prize winning Children of Crisis series, Coles examines the religious and spiritual lives of children By using children s own words and pictures, Coles presents their deepest feelings.

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The Spiritual Life of Children

  1. Child psychiatrist, author, Harvard professor.Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School, a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, and the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard College.

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  1. For years this book has been on my shelf and I have finally gotten around to reading it I am not sorry Although I approach the spiritual life of children from a different perspective as a priest and teacher of religion , I have learned a lot through Coles social scientist lens I am fascinated with his methodology and a little envious of the prolonged and repeated time he can spend with each child The chief thing I learned LISTEN Time after time, he reports being about to speak during a long paus [...]

  2. Robert Coles is a Child Psychiatrist and researcher He has spent years interviewing children of may cultures about their spiritual lives The wonderful thing about Coles is that, to the best of his ability, he does not impose his own cultural norms and values on the children As you can imagine, a Harvard educated white man coming of age in the middle of the last century has quite a set of cultural norms and values Yet, when he interviews Hopi children they come alive with the spirit of their peop [...]

  3. Nobody is better qualified to write about the spiritual life of children than Robert Coles As an MD trained by William Carlos Williams, and a trailblazing expert in phenomenological research, Coles studies children by letting them tell their own stories The results are profound, especially in this book about children and spirituality Remarkable and very moving.

  4. Reality and illusion are not contradictory terms Psychic reality whose depth Freud so brilliantly unveiled cannot occur without that specifically human transitional space for play and illusion Men cannot be without illusions The type of illusion we select science, religion, or something else reveals our personal history the transitional space each of us has created between his objects and himself to find a resting place to live in pg.5 The mind s search for meaning and purpose through fantasy an [...]

  5. I ve been meaning to read this book for about 20 years and I finally did it Interesting exploration of how children experience the Divine in their everyday lives Coles limits his discussion to children raised in the 3 monotheistic religions children raised without religion He clearly loves his work, and although the study sometimes drags, I admire his recognition of his own shortcomings Coles respects these children and their experiences, regardless of their backgrounds He is their eager student [...]

  6. Coles writes about the qualitative interviews he s conducted with children as a child psychiatrist over the years, and what children from all reaches of the globe have to say about religion, spirituality, and God.

  7. A valuable resource for me as a pastor The stories are eye opening, showing me what treasures are there for those who can listen I ve been dipping into this book for years, and each time I find insight Truly a book to have on one s shelves.

  8. No book of scientific analysis, this presents spiritual philosophy and idea from an honest and readily admitted subjective point of view.Robert Coles, as a psychiatrist of and for children, exerts much effort here in describing his own self consciousness and his own psychology, as he interacts with them This is a fascinating element of the book The psychiatrist is his own patient as he interacts with the spiritual thoughts, feelings, and philosophies of the children in his care In that sense, th [...]

  9. This is the first secular book I ve read in years Christian books are my reading diet , and it s still about spirituality Few pique my interest like spiritual things and children, and this book is about them both And so I bought this, expecting myself to be disappointed But I was wrong This book is good Robert Coles, who turned out to be a respected child psychiatrist, showed that children have their own sense of God and the spiritual, and though they may be influenced by the religion they grew [...]

  10. This is an okay book but not what I was looking for it focuses on school age children,and I am interested in the faith development of infants and toddlers This takes a sociological psychological look at children s concepts of God across religions, whereas I was looking for information about Christian faith formation.

  11. not bad, really but not as indepth as i wanted i learned a lot about robert coles, but not a lot of new stuff about kids and his definition of children seems to be 10 12 year olds and i was really wanting to learn about really young kids.

  12. Gave up on this after 100 pages or soemed to narrowly defined on the Christian spiritual tip clinical than spiritual, very methodological Reminds me of Oliver Sacks I like the storyline, but the perspective turns very clinical and I lose interest Maybe I m not a scientist

  13. Deeply fascinating and compelling, especially in its records of how children deal with death and God.

  14. Meh Not as good as his other books If you want to start with Robert Coles read The Call of Stories That was wonderful.

  15. Combining two of my favorite topics psychology and spirituality this book left me wondering if these responses were from children as they felt quite inauthentic and clinic

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