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Title: Beyond Deserving: Children, Parents, and Responsibility Revisited
Author: Martyn, Dorothy W
Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2007
Paperback; ISBN: 9780802844224
Volumes: 1; Pages: 160
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Drawing on thirty years of practicing psychotherapy, Dorothy Martyn here gives readers a unique look into a play-therapy room where three children individually present their own journeys over some months. These children, in that setting, provide us with a special lens through which we can better understand what transpires in their minds--and in ours.Through the children's creative, poetic utterances--enhanced by the poetry of Emily Dickinson and other literary giants--Beyond Deserving persuasively argues against the justice idea of reward according to what is deserved and for the superior potency of a beyond-deserving model in cultivating love and creative work in children. Written primarily for parents and other mentors--teachers, youth leaders, counselors, and so on--Beyond Deserving draws the subject of child rearing back to its roots in the biblical declaration of unconditional love, love that moves first, without a prior "deserving."