The Spiritual Child

  • by Lisa Miller
  • Narrated by Christine Marshall
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Introduction read by author.
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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Patrick Hargitt


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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- K. Rosen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2015
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio