Pan Macmillan’s Bluebird has acquired a “provocative, conversation-starting” book which presents a “pioneering new way to think about parenting” by child psychologist Dr Lisa Miller.
Carole Tonkinson bought UK and Commonwealth rights to The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving from Chris Scheina at St Martin’s Press.
Bluebird has already released The Spiritual Child in e-book, and will publish a trade paperback in July this year.
In the book Miller combines research with anecdotal evidence from her work as a clinical psychologist to present “the next big idea in child psychology: the science and the power of spirituality”.
She explains the scientific link between spirituality and health and shows that “children who have a positive, active relationship to spirituality are 40% less likely to use and abuse substances, are 60% less likely to be depressed as teenagers, are 80% less likely to have dangerous or unprotected sex, and have significantly more positive markers for thriving, including an increased sense of meaning and purpose, and high levels of academic success”.
Tonkinson said: “The Spiritual Child is the next big idea in parenting and emotional wellbeing. Miller shows us how a sense of spiritual connection (rather than religion per se) can be the key to helping kids avoid teenage depression, substance abuse and some of the other dangers that lurk on the path towards adulthood.”