TRAINING FOR MATURITY by Louis Evely

TRAINING FOR MATURITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Father Evely's books of spirituality are too numerous and well known, not to say commercially successful, to require listing. Training for Maturity, however, differs from his best known works not in its quality or its depth so much as in its approach, for it is not primarily a book of spirituality but a study of child psychology. The book begins with a survey of the child ""at home,"" describing generally the various problems, complexes, and conflicts encountered during the pre-school years. Subsequent sections deal with later years, discussing the instilling of the habit of obedience, of study, of the proper use of leisure time, etc. The second section delves into the difficulties and situations that occur at school: teacher-relations, dealing with one's peers, etc. A sizeable appendix examines in some detail the question of the amount of freedom to be allowed the older child. The book has this in common with this author's other books, however, that it has as its purpose to guide one--in this case, the child--to a full development of the Christian personality. As such, it may be recommended, on the one hand, as an excellent and practical Catholic version of Dr. Spock's classic, and on the other as an equally good guide to the Christian formation of the young conscience.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Newman