Popular Books (Harry Potter; Twilight; Artemis Fowl; Golden Compass etc)

Brenda - posted on 10/04/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My children love to read and are teens. I know in my family we read what our children read, so we can discuss books (very time consuming but necessary to me in this day and age). Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl was read with Dad. Twilight was read then both Mom and Dad read it. Dad even started Golden Compass and explained to them where this book is not proper to read and why. This way if there is something in a book that questions religion or shows a belief different from ours we can explain it or answer questions. How do you review this type of information with your children? Do you ever refuse to let your kids read something due to content?

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Meghan - posted on 10/06/2009

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I believe that it is up to the parents to teach their chidren how to critically think about these things. I see no wrong in letting your children read these books, just as long as you are an involved parent and explain and encourage them to think about what they are reading. I also think that what it comes down to in those sorts of books is not magic and sorcery but a conflict between good and evil which we have a responsibility to teach to our children. Good will overcome evil and it is interesting how many of these books/movies show that. There is a spiritual battle taking place in the world today that is ongoing and that we all are involved in and some fantasy books/movies are good analogies of this, like LOTR.

Tam - posted on 10/08/2009

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We strive to live by Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.



So those things that are not in line with this verse should not have a place in our lives. And to be honest with you, each day we still find things that need to be rooted, but we are working on it.



We feel that witchcraft and those things glorifying death are not pure, lovely, etc. and will not allow the children to read/watch them. It has been a battle because like Heather's husband, mine used to think it was okay. Now we pray daily to undo what was done and to proceed as God designed.

Laurie - posted on 10/06/2009

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I hesitated to read Twilight with my 14 year old daughter...but once we started reading the books aloud to each other I realized there were many teachable moments in the books. I really think that these books are not done justice by the media, so many strong Christian themes against the back drop of our secular humanist society that doesn't respect life or Christian virtues.

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Marley - posted on 12/30/2009

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I think these books are completely fine. It's called 'fiction' for a reason. I don't believe in taking away chances for your children to use their imagination as long as they know it's completely unreal.

Nicole - posted on 12/30/2009

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We go to the Christian book store. We have even taken to requesting at the Library to order in a series if it doesn't happen to be there. We are blessed to attend a church that has a church library that the girls can check materials out at too. Like you I read anything that my girls read. If I don't deem it appropriate I tell them so. Now that they are getting older it includes a discussion about why.

Heather - posted on 10/06/2009

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Our children are younger, and their dad and I disagree on this topic. I don't believe that we should fill our heads with stuff that doesn't glorify God, but their dad sees no harm in it as long as they know that it is just pretend. I think that your husband and you need to agree. My kids know that I do not approve of certain movies and books, and I will not read them or watch them by myself, or with them. The best thing we can do is lead by example. If you are reading a book, but tell them that it isn't appropriate, I believe it is sending a mixed message. I'm not saying that's what you are doing, that's just what I base my example by. We do however refuse anything that directly blasphemes God. My husband understands that there is a line. He and I just don't exactly agree on the placement of it.

Anne - posted on 10/05/2009

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When our daughters were in middle school we had certain authors we would not let them read. Like Victoria we did not let them read or watch anything about witch craft or magic.

Victoria - posted on 10/04/2009

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We don't allow our kids to read anything with magic & witch craft in there content, as scripture says God abhors these things. We especially don't agree with books, movies & TV shows that place magic & witchcraft in a positive light, saying that it's okay or cool. We are very particular about what we allow our kids to read, but our local Christian book store has many good novels & such. There are so many wonderful Christian writer, and I don't believe they get enough support.

Ruth - posted on 10/04/2009

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no, we read to our daughter, and allow her to read on her own. we also read the books before her to make sure there ok for her to read so far nonthing she has wanted to read was off limits.

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