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Dr. Douglas Hardy | February 2010

Here we feature books recommended by Dr. Douglas Hardy, NTS Professor of Spiritual Formation and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program:

Taking seriously Jesus’ words in Mark 10:15 that “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it,” I commend to you these children’s books as resources for Christian spiritual formation:

Allan, Nicholas.  Jesus’ Day Off (Red Fox, 1998).
This is a fun book about a serious spiritual practice—Sabbath rest. Children are encouraged to see Jesus as their example of trust and reliance on a loving Heavenly Father.

Jelenek, Frank.  Journey to the Heart: Centering Prayer for Children (Paraclete, 2007).
In simple and clear terms, children are taught, step by step, how to begin a contemplative prayer practice. This approach helps a child cultivate an interior awareness of God and a comfortability resting in God’s presence.

Laird, Rebecca.  Robinson Rabbit, What Do You Hear? (Augsburg, 1990).
This engaging and heart-warming animal drama affirms the great value of listening—a core practice for spiritual formation.

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