Monday, July 7, 2008

Recommended Reading

Check out this recommended reading list for children and youth.

4 comments:

casebo said...

Tears of joy would flow from my face if I were to see a group of teenage youth committed to studying the Word of God and reading through this book list with enthusiasm...

...every Christian would do well to make their way through this list, regardless of age or status.

JDunn said...

Are Kate, Ryan, and Matthew reading these books? Do you read them first, then read them 'with' the kids? Just curious...a wonderful, noble list. Are you familiar with the book "Honey for a Child's Heart"? It is a compilation of suggested reading for kids grouped by age with commentary on the Biblical and life lessons learned by reading and discussing the books.

Harley A. said...

One really good book that I have just recently read that I'd recommend having your 11th/12th grader read is "10 Books that Screwed Up the World - And 5 Others that Didn't Help" by Benjamin Wiker.

The book list in the post is excellent and I think parents would be wise to encourage their kids to choose good books like these - although there's a really good school in town where we read many of these books as part of the curriculum :)

Anyway, I think it is also important to have young adults read and understand the antithesis as well (e.g. - Nietzche, Marx, Darwin...) - which can be a little more uncomfortable and difficult. I'm not advocating we play with fire but at least show them what the fire looks like because our world is steeped in bad ideas...

Todd Pruitt said...

Harley,

I agree that we ought to have our kids understand Darwin, Nietzsche, etc. They are being introduced to those ideas whether parents know it or not. It happens formally in the classroom and informally in the culture.

An important part of being able to "think Christianly" is knowing what is NOT consistent with a biblical worldview.

Is there a school that reads many of the books on the list? Hmmm. I wonder which school that would be?