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Summary

In The Spiritual Child, psychologist Lisa Miller presents the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality. She explains the clear, scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality:

  • are 40 percent less likely to use and abuse substances
  • are 60 percent less likely to be depressed as teenagers
  • are 80 percent less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex
  • have significantly more positive markers for thriving, including an increased sense of meaning and purpose and high levels of academic success

Combining cutting-edge research with broad anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to illustrate just how invaluable spirituality is to a child's mental and physical health, Miller translates these findings into practical advice for parents, giving them concrete ways to develop and encourage their children's - as well as their own - well-being. In this provocative, conversation-starting book, Dr. Miller presents us with a pioneering new way to think about parenting our modern youth.

©2015 Lisa Miller (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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  • loving purple
  • 06-01-18

Good info terrible voice

I really enjoyed what Lisa Miller had to say. It is amazing that she is the first to have studied this information. I spent 1/2 a day with Lisa as she spoke to our school and shared with our students. She is very knowledgeable and a great presenter. Unfortunately, the reader of the this audiobook has a very annoying, high voice. I almost couldn’t continue because the reader was so annoying.

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  • Patrick Hargitt
  • 04-06-15

good message. way too wordy and repetitive

contains a good message and was worth the read. way too repetitive though, feeling like the writer is trying to convince you with their words rather than facts and data.

contains references to.studies but does not go into the details of them. many single person examples instead of stats to try and prove a point.

overall I wish there was more depth and reliance on studies and data.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-18

I want to love this book....

I want to love this book but the robot voice just is so hard to get passed. Good information but in need of a new narrator.

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  • Frank
  • 01-11-17

Repetitive

I am sympathetic to the aims of this book and believe spirituality and religiosity have significant impact on childhood development. The definition used for spirituality is so inclusive as to be almost synonymous with childhood positive experience. This lack of specificity blunts the purpose of the book

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  • Juliet S.
  • 20-10-17

Painful to listen to

I am very interested in the subject and very much want to hear what the author has to say but this reading is painful to listen to. The reader's voice is harsh and cold. It sounds like a computer is narrating the book and the effect is unpleasant.

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  • K. Rosen
  • 14-06-17

Frustrating

I have been looking forward to reading this book for ages - its premise that children are innately spiritual, and that this spirituality can protect them from the stress, anxiety, and general challenge of growing up in this difficult and confusing world is very compelling to me. However, I found the audiobook so repetitive that I returned it, preferring to read the book in print so I can skim over the author's endless assertion of this premise and get to the actual meat of the topic. I get it! Science has proven that spiritual in children is innate! Now show me precisely how this has been proven, not because I'm a skeptic, but because that's what books that call themselves scientific are supposed to do. In an audio format, listening to the repeated assertion without the evidence is frustrating indeed. I'm sure the evidence is in there, I just don't care to slog through a narrator's breathy, unnecessarily emotional reading when I'm looking for actual substance.

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  • Alisia Abegg
  • 06-06-16

Narrator is awful

I absolutely love the book. But the narrator has a sing song voice with the exact same way of reading every sentence. It drives me crazy. It's hard to listen to and understand what she is saying. But the information in the book is amazing.

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