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I include here resources that I have found particularly helpful.

These come from the evangelical, Catholic and mainline world. My attitude is, if the resources are good, I am ready to learn from any of my brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of their denominational background. I realize not all readers may feel the same way, so check the printing press and read reviews if source matters to you.

In time, I hope to offer reviews of the majority of these and explain what it is I found most helpful about each book. But if you want to know more right away, most of these books are well-known and reviews can be found online.

Children’s and Family Ministry Manuals

Beckwith, Ivy. Formation Children’s Ministry: Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual and Relationship. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2010.

Jones, Timothy Paul. Family Ministry Field Guide: How Your Church Can Help Equip Parents to Make Disciples. Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2011.

Keeley, Robert J., ed. Shaped by God: Twelve Essentials for Nurturing Faith in Children, Youth and Young Adults. Grand Rapids: Faith Alive, 2010.

Withers, Margaret. Mission-Shaped Children: Moving Towards a Child-Centred Church. London: Church House Publishing, 2010.

Youth Ministry Manuals

Dean, Kenda Creasy. Practicing Passion: Youth and the Quest for a Passionate Church. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2004.

Devries, Mark. Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t last and What Your Church Can Do About It. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Press, 2008.

Jacober, Amy E. The Adolescent Journey: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Press, 2011.

Root, Andrew, and Kenda Creasy Dean. The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Press, 2011.

Yaconelli, Mark. Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practising the Presence of Jesus with Young People. London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2006.

Celebrating the Church Year with Children

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Spiritual Parenting

Anthony, Michelle. Spiritual Parenting: An Awakening for Today’s Families. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2010.

Chapman, Gary, and Ross Campbell. The 5 Love Languages of Children. Chicago: Northfield Publishing, 1997.

McGrath, Tom. Raising Faith-Filled Kids: Ordinary Opportunities to Nurture Spirituality at Home. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2000.

Powell, Kara E. The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.

Robinson, David. The Family Cloister: Benedictine Wisdom for the Home. New York: A Crossroad Book, 2000.

Yust, Karen Marie. Real Kids, Real Faith: Practices for Nurturing Children’s Spiritual Lives. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.

Parenting as a Spiritual Practice:

Mason, Mike. The Mystery of Children: What our Kids Teach Us About Childlike Faith. Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 2001.

Miller-McLemore, Bonnie J. In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007.

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