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How Like an Angel Came I Down

Conversations With Children on the Gospels

Amos Alcott and Alice O. Howell

388 pp.  

Lindisfarne Books


Published:  June 1991


  • “A book all of us who work with children ought to read carefully and visit often.” —Robert Coles, author of The Spiritual Life of Children

    “It is sheer reading pleasure, enlightenment, insight, the discovery of a side of children many of us never see, a side of ourselves generally masked, a glimpse of history our school texts never touch, and an enrichment of our own spirit.” —Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of The Magical Child and Evolution's End: Claiming the Potential of Our Intelligence

Every now and then the past yields up one of its lost treasures. This book is just such a gem. Amos Bronson Alcott, friend and sometimes mentor to Emerson and Thoreau in Concord, was also a visionary educator who believed that the psyche of a child already carries within it the imprint of spirit and wisdom. At his school in Boston in the 1830s, he held this extraordinary series of conversations on such themes as spirit, consciousness, conscience, love, humility, the Holy Ghost, and the knower. Although Alcott's methods were not well received at the time, with many even considering his conversations on the Gospels close to blasphemous, we are reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:14: “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

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