Growing Up with God: Using Stories to Explore a Child's Faith and Life

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Novalis, Feb 1, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 268 pages
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In Growing Up With God, Nancy Cocks demonstrates the timeless power of storytelling to entertain, engage and inspire. In this practical guide she shows how the various adventures of Fergie, as well as characters and stories from a wide range of other sources, can be used to help children find words for their faith and for even their most difficult personal experiences, fears and questions. Parents, teachers, youth ministers, and anyone interested in the lives of children will find this resource an invaluable addition to their library. Cocks asserts, "We will sit still for a good story, something story tellers have known for thousands of years." But how do you construct a good story? And more importantly, how do you listen to and work with the stories that children tell? This book is a how-to manual, developing the latent story-teller in each person. It is also a workbook, teaching those who interact with children to develop stories according to the reactions, questions and comments of their young audiences. Lastly, it is a collection of stories old and new- with characters both familiar and novel with which to practice, play and, most importantly, tell.

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This book about faith and storytelling results from the author's positive experiences as a child in Sunday school in a Canadian Presbyterian congregation in the 1960s and her more than 20 years as ... Read full review


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