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Children's prayer: multi-faith perspectives

Mountain, Vivienne (2016) Children's prayer: multi-faith perspectives. Christian Research Association, Nunawading. 151pp. ISBN 9781875223831

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Abstract

This book provides strong arguments for giving prayer a central place in the education and nurture of children. It is based on research in Australian Catholic, parent-controlled Christian, Independent, Jewish, Muslim and government schools. The author demonstrates focused attention and care in the data collection from the words of children and their drawings of people praying. She takes us through her thorough processes of analysis and synthesis.

The research shows that prayer is valued by all children, whether they come from a religious background or not. For some children it is a way of associating with their communities and traditions of faith. For others, prayer is practised in an individualistic manner.

Prayer is a way to perceive and respond to the experiences of life. It can help in dealing with the challenging emotional states of anxiety, loneliness, fear, anger and guilt. It can give hope for the future. It provides a way of seeking help for others, as well as expressing praise and thanksgiving.

Vivienne Mountain has a background in teaching and in clinical counselling. She lectures in Spirituality and Ministry with Children at Stirling Theological College, University of Divinity, Australia. She has published three books as well as contributing chapters to a number of others and articles for national and international journals.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): Children, prayer, multi-faith
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): D - Religious Education
Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 15:59
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2017 12:30
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2576

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