Although the convictions about Christian formation listed in the InFormation resources are mine, I did not arrive at them on my own. I am indebted to the following authors, and recommend any of them for your further reading.
Bass, Diana Butler. Christianity for the Rest of Us. Harper Collins, 2006.
Characteristics and convictions of vibrant main-line congregations, with concrete examples.
Berends, Polly Berrien. Gently Lead: How to Teach your Children about God While Finding Out For Yourself. Harper Perrenail, 1992.
Source for poem in children’s resources week 3.
Erlander, Daniel. Manna and Mercy. Order of Saints Martin and Teresa, 1992
Overview of the Bible for school-age children, handwritten with many illustrations.
End notes for parents and teachers.
Fowler, James W. Becoming Adult, Becoming Christian: Adult Development and Christian Faith. John Wiley and Sons, 2000.
Defines and explores stages of human development and spiritual development.
Kropf, Marlene. “How can we be more accountable to each other?” Gospel Herald (April 16, 1991)
Definition and structure for spiritual friendship.
Kropf, Marlene. Lecture notes.
Linn, Dennis and Sheila Fabricant Linn and Matthew Linn. Good Goats: Healing our Image of God. Paulist Press 1985.
Theological grounding for teaching children an image of a loving, non-judgmental God.
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Holding What Gives You Life. Paulist Press 1995.
History and practice of Ignatian consciousness examen.
McGinnis, -------------. Journey into Compassion. Chapter 4, “Peacemaking and Prayer.”
Newell, J. Philip. Echo of the Soul: The Sacredness of the Human Body. Morehouse Publishing, 2000.
Celtic Christian spirituality which affirms the goodness of creation, including human beings.
Thompson, Marjorie J. Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life. John Knox Press, 1995.
Framework for understanding spiritual practices, and instructions for developing them.
Vennard, Jane E. A Praying Congregation: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice. The Alban Institute, 2005.
Theology of prayer with numerous activities to use in small group settings.
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