We went to Barnes & Noble this afternoon.
We frequent the library, but sometimes there's just no beatin' a bookstore shelved with fresh, un-cracked spines.
Anyway, I was lookin' around and just one divider away from the children's books, and directly on the main walk-way, and on the tables in the middle of the walkway, (read: right there in plain sight) I noticed the books were a little scary looking. I glanced at the section title and was surprised to see I was in the TEEN section.
I jotted down a few notes.
These are either titles of books, the picture on the cover, or a subtitle description:
a bloody dagger
The Naughty List
And this was just ONE bookshelf of several in the TEEN section. I was too depressed to continue browsing that area and felt I had enough substantial evidence to prove that there's a generation of teen readers being bombarded by unhealthy literature.
Is this what my girls have to look forward to for entertainment reading in a few years?
I will not allow my children to immerse themselves in these kinds of books when they hit their teen years. And prayerfully, I strive to raise them in such a way that they will trust my discernment and not even desire these books or feel the need to sneak them when I'm not around. Lord, please help me!
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
This post is not to sound pious, rather just an expression of sadness at today's options for kids.
These are hot off the press books I was looking at. These are the recognized authors being praised for powerful literature for fresh, young minds. I bet they are well written and can hold the attention of just about every teen out there today. But look at the content! Is sexy, deadly, demonic type stuff what we want our kids fantasizing about "FOR FUN"? It's bad enough that we adults get sucked into this material...now our kids have it. It was just one divider away from the little kids.
Of course, I was at B&N, not a Christian bookstore, and I was in the general TEEN section, not the Religious section. So yes, I know there are healthier options out there. But I have to go looking for them. They're not on the main walk-way, not on the front tables. And that, my friends, is the sad part. And quite frankly, a little disturbing.