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Introduction. 1. Texts of Wonder. 2. Texts of Adventure and Leadership. 3. Texts of Terror. 4. Texts of Justice and Judgement. 5. Texts of Comfort and Hope. 6. Texts of Comedy. 7. Texts of Mercy and Forgiveness. 8. Implications for all Storytellers with Children. Conclusion. Appendix 1: Authentic Texts for Children. Appendix 2: Seven Basic Plots Selected. Bibliography. Further Reading.
A refreshing exploration of the Bible through the eyes of children
Rev Dr Howard Worsley is a researcher, a teacher and a priest. He gained a BA in English at Manchester University and followed this with an MA in Theology at Nottingham University and a PhD in Education at Birmingham University. His long-term research interest is to uncover the original vision seen by children in encountering what adults call "spiritual reality". Howard is currently the Diocesan Director of Education for Southwell & Nottingham and Chair of the National Association of Church Directors of Education. He lives in Nottinghamshire with his wife, Ruth, a parish vicar, and is father to three sons with whom he variously explores the world by canoe, bike or foot.
Ever wondered what your child or children are thinking about when
you read the bible together? Well, if you are looking for a book
that illustrates the freshness with which children can still
respond to the Bible, and its relevance to life today, then A Child
Sees God by Rev Dr. Howard Worsley, is that kind of training
manual. It certainly provided an interesting insight into how
children of varying ages, still respond to the Bible. --
Howard Worsley is a champion for children. He wants their voice to be heard, and for adults to fully appreciate the wisdom they have to offer. This book is a vehicle for achieving those aims, by exploring children's views and reflections about a selection of Bible stories... Sandwiched in between an introduction and a final chapter considering the implications of the findings, the core of the book is neatly divided into seven chapters according to the type of story discussed int them... One of the delights of this book is to see how children not only interpret the stories but how they make associations to their own worlds in order to make meaning... Nevertheless I suggest that all who are interested in listening to children with regards to how they make meaning with refernce to religion, scripture and spirituality will find this book of value, not only those living or working within the Christian tradition. -- Journal of Religious Education
Children see what grown-ups miss. That is one reason why we should go on telling Bible stories to them. Dr Worsley's bold claim, in this fascinating and ground-breaking study, is that the church needs "the original vision of childhood" to renew its understanding of the Biblical texts. Children can show us what the Bible has to say to us all. They can also make us ask the right questions. This book is essential reading for any who have any lingering doubts about whether the Bible can be a children's book too. -- Church Times