According to a contempo Pew Research poll on religion, a growing amount of Americans ascertain themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’. Those of us in this accumulation wish to acquaint our accouchement to spirituality, but alfresco of any accurate religious context. A acceptable way to do this is through books. What follows is a account of account books for accouchement 3-9 years old that awning airy capacity such as gratitude, compassion, connectivity, and contemplation, alfresco of any individual religious tradition. Account these to your accouchement is a abundant way to accessible up altercation about airy themes. I accept ‘tested’ them all out on my own daughter, and included her reactions.
The Aureate Rule, by Ilene Cooper – “Treat others the way you would like to be treated”, a grandfathering explains to his grandson, in this admirable addition to benevolence and empathy. Grandpa goes on to explain how the aureate aphorism is represented in six altered religions. When I apprehend this to my daughter, the real-world examples triggered lots of questions, decidedly the account of a sad little babe on her aboriginal day in a new school. “What would accomplish her feel better?” asks the Grandpa in the book, and my real-life adviser had affluence of account – “smile at her”, “give her a toy”, “show her the library”, and more.
Thank You For Giraffes, by Vivian Husnik – A admirable addition to gratitude, told as a little girl’s adoration of thanks. Airy but non-denominational, this book expresses acknowledgment not alone for things in the apple but aswell for people, experiences, and blithesome moments. The pictures are ablaze and unique, all in the anatomy of handmade quilts. This book led by itself to a chat with my babe about aggregate in her activity she is beholden for, and got her cerebration above the accepted ‘my toys’ and ‘my birthday’.
Each Breath A Smile, by Sister Susan – This book is based on the article of Vietnamese Buddhist abbot Thich Nhat Hanh, and accounting by a nun in one of his centers. It introduces accouchement to alert breath and awareness, but steers ablaze of any absolute religious teachings. The argument uses simple, repetitive phrases to actualize a faculty of calm, and the pictures are in abatement but airy delicate colors. Account it was a brainwork in itself, and both my babe and I were acutely added airy at the end.
All I See is Part of Me, by Chara Curtis – “All the plants, the animals and trees, Are in your light…and you are these.” Told from the angle of a boy in chat with a star, this book highlights the affair of connectivity. The argument is accepted abundant to abutment any religious denomination, but it does accept an absolutely airy bulletin about account your own close wisdom. Although I admired this book aloft aboriginal account it, I anticipation it ability be too abstruse for my daughter, but she admired it – the balladry and ablaze pictures captured her interest.
God’s Paintbrush, by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso – Accounting by the additional woman to be advancing as a rabbi, and the aboriginal to become a mother, this book presents a alternation of scenarios and questions advised to advice accouchement analyze altered aspects of God. From watching clouds, to the alteration seasons, to activity lonely, this book uses adventures adolescent accouchement can readily chronicle to as springboards for airy questions. The eyes of God that emerges is animal in nature, and this may accomplish it added adapted for those with Judeo-Christian leanings, but it is a lot of absolutely non-denominational, and its basic attributes larboard allowance for a non-affiliated accepter like myself to feel comfortable.
What is God?, by Etan Bortizer – Advised to acknowledgment a adolescent allurement ‘what is God?’, this book provides both a anapestic and advancing vision, and introduces the abstraction of apple religions by exploring the altered means anniversary appearance God. It includes a page on anniversary religion’s angelic books, and even touches on the abstraction of religious bent and disagreement. If you accept a actual accepted appearance of God, this book ability not be for you, but if you accede yourself added interfaith-oriented, it is perfect. It was a bit bombastic for my four-year old, but I anticipate she will abound into it.
A Child’s Book of Blessings and Prayers, by Eliza Blanchard – Accounting by a Unitarian Universalist minister, this admirable accumulating is the absolute way to acquaint accouchement to prayer. It includes dozens of child-size blessings, balladry and prayers, fatigued from all the world’s above religions, and abounding added cultural traditions. Ranging from mealtime to bedtime, birthdays, holidays and aggregate in between, you will acquisition a little adoration in actuality to awning just about anything.
There are three books by abreast airy teachers/authors that I enjoy, but they are geared for hardly earlier accouchement (9-12 or so.) However, you can digest them a bit for adolescent children, so they are still account aggravating with adolescent chidren:
Milton’s Secret, by Eckhart Tolle
Emma and Mommy Talk to God, by Marianne Williamson
The Little Soul and the Sun, by Neale Donald Walsch
Use these books as a way of dispatch chat with your children, and you can advance their adherence while auspicious an interfaith or multi-cultural approach.