Forming Resilient Children

Forming Resilient Children

The Role of Spiritual Formation for Healthy Development

by Holly Catterton Allen
Foreword by Catherine Stonehouse

Forming Resilient Children
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Published: September 21, 2021
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-1-5140-0172-1
  • Item Code: A0172
  • Case Quantity: 48

Many children today are growing up in the midst of adversity, whether family difficulties or larger societal crises. All children need to be able to deal with stress, cope with challenges, and persevere through disappointments. While we cannot protect children from all hardships, we can promote healthy development that fosters resilience.

In this interdisciplinary work, Holly Catterton Allen builds a bridge between resilience studies and children's spiritual formation. Because children are spiritual beings, those who work with them can cultivate spiritual practices that are essential to their thriving in challenging times.

This book equips educators, counselors, children's ministers, and parents with ways of developing children's spirituality to foster the resilience needed to face the ordinary hardships of childhood and to persevere when facing trauma. It offers particular insight into the spiritual experiences of children who have been hurt by life through chronic illness, disability, abuse, or disasters, with resources for healing and hope.

"Holly Catterton Allen provides great wisdom and assistance, which come from her lifelong journey of ministering with children and studying what is best for them. She highlights the importance of the spiritual nurture of children in the forming of resilience. . . . The book is written for a wide range of persons: parents, grandparents, persons leading ministries with children and families in the church, counselors, and those who work in settings where overt spiritual conversations are not allowed. It is a valuable resource for those who desire to raise resilient children to know God and live well in our changing world."

Catherine Stonehouse, author of Joining Children on the Spiritual Journey, from the foreword



1. What Is Children's Spirituality?
2. Resilience in Children
3. The Intersection of Children's Spirituality and Resilience

Families, Children's Spirituality, and Resilience
4. Parenting
5. Grandparenting

Churches, Children's Spirituality, and Resilience
6. Intergenerational Christian Experiences
7. The Master Story
8. Movement
9. Wonder

Children's Spirituality, Resilience, and Trauma, Grief, and Loss
10. Severe Trauma
11. Grief and Loss
12. Good Books

Conclusion: Children's Spirituality, Resilience, and Hope

Author photo of Holly Catterton Allen

Holly Catterton Allen (PhD, Talbot School of Theology) is a professor of family studies and Christian ministries at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She has previously taught at John Brown University, Biola University, and Abilene Christian University.

Allen's areas of scholarly interest are children's spirituality and intergenerational issues, and she leads two national, ecumenical conferences: InterGenerate and the Children's Spirituality Summit. She is the editor of Nurturing Children's Spirituality and InterGenerate and the coauthor of Intergenerational Christian Formation.

BY Holly Catterton Allen