Christian Education for Persons with Special Needs Selected Annotated Bibliography -- By: Dee Emmert

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 29:0 (NA 1997)
Article: Christian Education for Persons with Special Needs Selected Annotated Bibliography
Author: Dee Emmert

Christian Education for Persons with Special Needs Selected Annotated Bibliography

Dee Emmert

Dee Emmert (M.A., Kent State), is an M.Div. student at ATS.

Bishop, Marilyn E., ed. Religion and Disability: Essays in Scripture, Theology and Ethics. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1995.

This book focuses on disability and the Bible, theological reflections on disability, and the church and mentally handicapped persons. The author calls on the church to be imaginative in its approach to people with disabilities. “The challenge for the church ultimately is not so much to learn how to minister to disabled people but to be open to being ministered to and, ultimately, healed by them.” 64 pages.

Bittner, Robert. Under His Wings: Meeting the Spiritual needs of the Mentally Disabled. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994.

This book comes from the personal perspective of the author as the younger brother of a “mentally handicapped sister.” He speaks primarily to congregations, encouraging us to “open our hearts and minds.” He gives basic statistics regarding mental disabilities and a brief history of our society’s response. He discusses the spiritual needs of individuals and gives specific suggestions for making our teaching effective. He continues with suggestions for building an intentional outreach to individuals who are mentally handicapped. One chapter focuses specifically on the challenges of outreach. Finally, he shares his personal experience and closes with an extensive annotated bibliography. Believable anecdotes are used throughout. 185 pages.

Bogardus, LaDonna. Christian Education for Retarded Persons. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1969.

This book deals with “mildly and moderately retarded persons, and a wide age range which includes children and youth.” Chapters discuss understanding persons who are retarded, their Christian growth, facts about retardation, providing groups for retarded persons, learning characteristics, ways of teaching (including music, stories, trips, art, puppets, games, eating, and using the Bible), using curriculum materials, and the needs of the teacher. Contains a short annotated bibliography. 112 pages.

Cherne, Jacqolyn. The Learning Disabled Child in Your Church School. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1983.

This short book describes typical symptoms of children with learning disabilities and the personality styles they often develop. It provides simple, direct advice for dealing with problem behaviors as well as suggestions for advocating for the child in the congregation. The final chapter provid...

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