Anne Phillips, co-principal of Northern Baptist College is publishing her recent doctorate in the Ashgate Explorations in Practical, Pastoral and Empircal Theology series:
The Faith of Girls: Children's Spirituality and Transition to Adulthood (Ashgate, August 2011)
Exploring the spirituality and faith of girls on the verge of adolescence, this book presents fresh insights into children's spirituality and their transition to adulthood. Phillips has listened to girls' voices speaking in depth on the themes of self, God, church, and world, and reflected on their experiences and understandings in the light of current psychological, philosophical and sociological thinking, all placed into dialogue with a feminist approach to contemporary theology and bible. Phillips offers 'wombing' as a metaphor for their transition to young adulthood, and suggests strategies faith communities might adopt to companion girls more effectively through the fragility of puberty. This book will appeal to all those exploring areas of youth ministry, pastoral care, Christian education, nurture and childhood studies, psychology and theology.
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Breaking the silence around girls in transition; Methods for learning from girls; Girls in transitional space; Theological reflection 1 - Lucy; Girls in Godspace; Theological reflection 2 - Rosie; Girls in nurturing space; Affirming girls through transition.
Currently it is due out only in hardback, which will put it out of most people's price range, but hopefully it will also eventually find its way into paperback.