This is an incredibly interesting volume which gives a transcribed account of a Transcendentalist teacher in Boston, a contemporary of Emerson and Thoreau, who pioneered the idea of a nonsectarian "spiritual culture" of children. In her introduction to this work, which she also edited, therapist Alice O. Howell notes how A. Bronson Alcott used a dialogue technique to draw out the spiritual ideas and ideals of his students — ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old. The book consists of Alcott asking questions, making certain comments, and listening as the students pour forth their values and visions. Reading from the Gospels provoked thought and discussion by these young theologians on dreams, temptation, idols, faith, humility, enthusiasm, prayer, healing, superstition, prophecy, and much more.