A warm, lucid and humble account of a Protestant Chaplain's work among children in an institution for those who are mentally retarded. Sigurd Petersen not only works with children in trouble, he understands them. He introduces us to retarded children who are real persons in their own right and therefore significant to both God and man. They can respond in meaningful ways, and so the manner in which they are received and treated becomes a religious concern, and as they too are the object of God's redemptive love, they must be recognized as members of the household of faith, the Christian Church. In his story Mr. Petersen shows how the modern psychiatric teams are united in the common task of helping, understanding, searching, healing and hoping, and he adds the theology which gives this work its deepest meaning and greatest satisfaction. It is to be hoped not only that those who are similarly engaged will read this book to their great profit, but that parents of retarded children may also read and find new understanding and strength in sharing the young lives that have been committed to them.