Awakening Consciousness: A Boy's Guide By Robin Marvel ISBN-10: 1932690913 ISBN-13: 978-1932690910 Paperback, 114 pages June 10, 2009 Marvelous Spirit Press Reviewed by Sabrina Williams
Finding ways to guide children spiritually without imposing religious tenets upon them can be a struggle at times. For those of us who follow a more broadened spiritual path, there seems to be little in the way of instructional material. This makes the release of Robin Marvel's Awakening Consciousness: A Boy's Guide, all the more exciting!
Marvel's guidebook is written with the child in mind, delivering spiritual information in a way that is relevant to a young boy. Colorful stories, mostly Native American lore, complement each lesson. Children become immersed in each chapter with activities that explore each concept. Marvel includes space for drawing and reflection, as well as instructions for fun crafts. Topics covered include chakras, meditation, spirit guides, and dreams, among many others.
This workbook is a hit with both of my boys. It holds their attention well with the activities within each chapter. The part that pleases me the most was the focus on building a child's self-esteem and well-being, things that tend to come naturally with spiritual training. The text is clear and easy to read, the stories are relevant to a child's world, and the message is positive. The parent may wish to explore some topics further as the child expresses interest, being that the chapters really only touch briefly on each concept. Awakening Consciousness will likely serve as a springboard to exploring spirituality.