"An excellent resource for students and all who desire to continue growing in their understanding of children and their Christian formation. Authors from varied Christian traditions provide insights from theology, history, the social sciences, and research. They address pressing issues and suggest important practices for ministries with children today. Those interested in research with children will find interesting examples of research design."
--Dr. Catherine Stonehouse
Emeritus Dean of the School of Practical Theology, Orlean Bullard Beeson Professor of Christian Discipleship, Asbury Theological Seminary
"This impressive . . . collection draws together twenty-nine contributors from very diverse backgrounds to address theology and research, but also children's spirituality in the contexts of family, church, and community. Lawson has integrated this complexity with grace. Understanding will join the first two volumes in this important series on the shelves of the Center for the Theology of Childhood in Denver."
--Rev. Dr. Jerome W. Berryman
Author of Children and the Theologians (2009), Teaching Godly Play: How to Mentor the Spiritual Development of Children (2009), and The Complete Guide to Godly Play (8 vols., 2002-2012)
"This volume is a treasure trove of wisdom on Christian faith and children's spirituality. It showcases the best thought of leading scholars and ministers on topics of relevance to children's formation, ranging from classic theologians like Irenaeus to modern psychologists like Piaget to familiar worship practices like baptism and christening. The collection should be of interest to those eager to engage children as active participants in the Christian life."
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Pastoral Theology, Vanderbilt University
Author of Let the Children Come: Reimaging Childhood from a Christian Perspective (2003) and In the Midst of Chaos: Care of Children as Spiritual Practice (2006)