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ISBN: 9781783682362
Imprint: Langham Monographs
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 16
Publication Date: 28/02/2017
Pages: 300
Language: English

Children’s Perceptions of the Role of Biblical Narratives in Their Spiritual Formation


In the Bible, storytelling is an important means to pass on the revelation of God. God repeatedly commanded the people of Israel to tell his mighty acts to the next generation. Invariably churches follow this mandate and use biblical narratives as a means to transmit God’s self-revelation to enable transformation. The author, Dr Annie George, listens to the voices of children in order to understand their perceptions of how storytelling of biblical narratives help them in their spiritual formation. Dr George’s research highlights the importance of evaluating the impact of biblical narratives from a child’s perspective as well as emphasising the need to give the same priority to the spiritual transformation of children as with other areas of study and ministry.

Author Bios

Annie George

ANNIE GEORGE holds a PhD in Educational Studies from Biola University, La Mirada, California, USA, an MTh in Christian Education from United Theological College, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, and an MSc in Mathematics. She is Associate Professor at Faith Theological Seminary, Manakala, Kerala, India and is on the visiting faculty at a number of theological institutions across Asia. She regularly speaks at women, children and youth gatherings and expresses her thoughts online at Along with her husband, Dr Alexi George, they pastor Adoor Vineyard, Kerala, India. They have two children, Nathan and Sharon.


Dr Annie George’s work provides a perspective of storytelling in religious and secular traditions and its crucial role in the transformation of the hearers’ worldview and the formation of their faith, character and spirituality. The study makes a valuable contribution to understanding and evaluating children’s spirituality in a church context where storytelling is predominantly the teaching method for children. It is a must-read for Christian educators concerned with the spirituality of their children.

Orbelina Eguizabal, PhD
Professor of Christian Higher Education, Talbot School of Theology

Table of Contents

  1. Abstract
  2. Acknowledgements
    1. Chapter 1
      1. Introduction
        1. Description of the Problem
        2. Background and Significance of the Study
        3. Children in India
        4. Explanation of Key Terms
        5. Statement of the Research Questions
        6. Population and Sample
        7. Assumptions of the Study
        8. Delimitations of the Study
        9. Summary
    1. Chapter 2
      1. Review of Relevant Literature
        1. Rationale for the Domain of the Research
        2. Children’s Spirituality Domain
        3. Storytelling in Religious and Secular Traditions
        4. Chapter Summary
    1. Chapter 3
      1. Christian Worldview: Integration and Synthesis
        1. The Bible: the Story that Needs to be Told
        2. The Old Testament and New Testament Use of Stories
        3. Spirituality of Children
        4. That the Next Generation Might Know: Psalm 78:1–8
        5. Chapter Summary
    1. Chapter 4
      1. Research Methodology
        1. Statement of the Research Questions
        2. Research Design
        3. Research Hypothesis
        4. Operational Definitions
        5. Informed Consent
        6. Sample Selection Procedures
        7. Seeking Permission from the Seminary Authorities
        8. Recruiting and Training the Research Assistants
        9. Pilot Study
        10. Developing an Interview Protocol
        11. Data Analysis Procedure
        12. Children as Research Participants: Challenges and Response
        13. Chapter Summary
    1. Chapter 5
      1. Results
        1. Context of Study
        2. Brief Summary of the Research Activities
        3. Data Analysis
        4. Chapter Summary
    1. Chapter 6
      1. Conclusions
        1. Major Findings
        2. Implications
        3. Limitations
        4. Recommendations for Future Research
        5. Concluding Remarks
  3. Appendix A
    1. Information Leaflet: Pastors and Parents
  4. Appendix B
    1. Information Leaflet: Children
  5. Appendix C
    1. Information Leaflet: Research Assistants
  6. Appendix D
    1. Informed Consent Forms
  7. Appendix E
    1. Permission Letter to Use the Textbook, God Our Security
  8. Appendix F
    1. Tables Displaying Demographic Information about Participating Churches and of Children from Seven Churches
  9. Appendix G
    1. Children’s Expression of Their Awareness of God through Poems, Pictures, & Testimonies
  10. Bibliography

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