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The Unfolding Life by Lamoreaux

THE UNFOLDING LIFE

A Study of Development with Reference to Religious Training

by

ANTOINETTE ABERNETHY LAMOREAUX

With Introduction by Marion Lawrance

1907

TO

My Precious Father and Mother, in whose daily ministry I have seen the beauty and learned the meaning of Christian Nurture, this book is affectionately dedicated.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF DEVELOPMENT II EARLY CHILDHOOD III EARLY CHILDHOOD--Continued IV EARLY CHILDHOOD--Concluded V CHILDHOOD--SIX TO TWELVE VI THE JUNIOR AGE--NINE TO TWELVE VII ADOLESCENCE VIII MIDDLE AND LATE ADOLESCENCE

INTRODUCTION

Having read with much care the proof sheets of this book, I am prepared to say three things about it, and it gives me pleasure to say them here.

1. THE BOOK IS WELL NAMED. "THE UNFOLDING LIFE." Turn which way we will, we see life unfolding all about us, and yet how faintly are its mysteries understood! And is it not the one thing above all others, which teachers, mothers, fathers and all of us, need to understand? It is well that our attention has been called to this most vital of all themes by a book, whose very name compels attention to its content, and whose content is but its name in fuller treatment.

2. THE BOOK IS WELL WRITTEN. Such books as this should be read slowly and pondered well; but this book by its fascination will tempt one to read too rapidly. Its line of argument is logical; its diction is as pure as the bubbling stream; its truths are evident and compelling. It presents the purest psychology stripped of all mystifying technicalities, and clothed in language which even a child can understand. The reason for this is plain. It is the "Beaten Oil" drawn from the rich and ripe experience of one of the best students of childhood and teachers of children in our land.

3. THE BOOK IS WELL TIMED. Teachers are seeking now as never before to understand the soil in which the living seed of God's Word is to be cast. Nothing can be more important than this. The author deals largely with the every day problems of the average home and Sunday School, thus rendering the highest service to the great army of ordinary teachers and mothers. While this book will be hailed with joy by all such, it will nevertheless command a place by the side of the highest grade books on the subject. There never was a time when any book on any subject was more greatly needed than this book is needed now. It would be a boon indeed to every home, and to every Sunday School as well, if all teachers, mothers, yes, and fathers too, would read and re-read "THE UNFOLDING LIFE."


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