“Faith is nurtured when children are receiving the story of the church’s redemptive history through the community’s compassionate care for them.” With these words, pastor, theologian and parent Karen Marie Yust sets forth to inform, inspire, equip and guide parents - and all who care for children - in their role as partners in the faith formation of children. Drawing from her own research and experience as well as classic and contemporary sources, the author covers a wide range of themes with insight and practical suggestions. The format is user friendly, with insets featuring stand-alone information, brief reflections, action suggestions and “how-to’s”. For example, the chapter called “What’s Faith Got to Do with Childhood” includes insets on ‘Age-Related Aspects of Faithfulness’ and ‘Six Themes Related to Children’s Spirituality’. Questions for reflection and discussion constitute a study guide for individual and small group study. This resource can also be used in workshop and retreat settings.
Reviewed by Marie Fleming