Distinctively Christian; A Christ-centered approach to Early Childhood Spiritual Development
The Japanese have a concept, Ikigai, that when translated means "a reason for being."
This idea reflects the biblical perspective that God has designed each of us for a purpose.
For some, it is discovered during childhood.
My desire for those who read this book is that you view early childhood education and your role within it as a means of glorifying God and experiencing a life worth living.
I also pray that God will provide readers with a renewed passion or redirection so that you can experience Ikigai in your life and ministry.
Milton V. Uecker, Ed.D.
Director of the Lowrie Center
for Christian School Education,
Early Childhood Professor Emeritus,
College of Education Columbia International University
"Excellent resource! As a grandparent of nine grandchildren, I want to get this book into the hands of each of my daughters, so they may better understand the elements, process, and stages of spiritual formation in the lives of those we've been entrusted to raise. Every educator and parent should read this book!" - Jeffrey Mattner, Ed.D., Regional Director | ACSI Mid-America Region
"Distinctively Christian is skillfully interwoven with invaluable insights from a lifetime of teaching and investing in the next generation of teachers!" - Jenni Bacon Miller, Director, School Ministries Ohio
"Distinctively Christian provides a detailed guide for evaluating current practices, directing change in the classroom and program, and assessing effectiveness. Written specifically for the Christian early educator, guides a program in self-reflection to ascertain its effectiveness in realizing its stated mission, vision and desired outcomes for the faith development of children. Consider this a necessary field guide to navigate the (often complex) landscape of a child's soul. It's both a reference manual and instructional text; it inspires meaningful action. Dr. Uecker brings the sum of his experience, education, and expertise to this writing as a strategic investment in the next generation." - D'Arcy Maher, Former Editor for Christian Early Education Magazine, Former Director of Early Education Services, ACSI
"Long recognized in the Christian school movement as the "go to" expert on child development, Dr. Uecker's insights into the spiritual formation of children flow throughout this book." - Todd R. Marrah, Ph.D., School Superintendent
From developing a mission statement to implementing a living curriculum all the way to measuring outcomes with appropriate assessment - readers will have tangible action points to set a distinctively Christian preschool program in motion."
- Stacia Emerson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Early Childhood and Family Studies, Southern Wesleyan University