Books and your family's Spiritual Health

I’ve often heard it said, “I don’t care what he’s reading, as long as HE’S READING.”   I couldn’t disagree more.    

Better your child not read at all than read books boiling over with destructive messages poured right into the mind and heart.

Whether it’s books, television, video games, movies – every medium delivers a strong message either subliminal or direct. If we believe the Bible is Truth, than we must agree, we “do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” ( Eph.6:10)

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  • Carrie

    For some reason I couldn't comment on the actual post, so here's my comment here.

    I appreciate this post and have had similar experiences as a young teen in reading books I shouldn't have (I was not a Christian at the time and my parents did not monitor my reading content). I was especially drawn to books regarding the occult (there's a mystic pull of this world for young people and the power, mystery and intrigue drew me in deeply). The other books that I should not have been reading were those with sexual imagery. I lost much of my innocence reading books (that were aimed at my age or slightly above) that touched on vivid descriptions of intimate relationships which then opened my eyes to this type of literature and progressed to more adult books with much more graphic descriptions and images. Please parents, be wary of what your children are putting before their eyes and allowing into their imaginations. Once those ideas and images are there, there's no going back.

  • Kara

    Same thing happened to me…(see above) and I somehow managed to lose my first comment in the midst of trying to find the correct post…
    But–just wanted to say thank you.
    Love the post at Better Mom.
    That's really how we should sift everything isn't is–through the lens of Scripture…with a heart open to conviction from the Holy Spirit and a willingness to obey when He gives direction.

    Love the "unplugged" theme…

  • Sonya Schroeder

    Hi Cassandra! This is my first time on your blog and must say I LOVE it however you have SO much information on here that I have no idea where to start 🙂 I looked at your HS curriculum and was over whelmed. I love what you are doing however for someone just starting out has no idea where to start to be doing some of the things you are doing. How long have you been homeschooling and how many children? Would also love to see a FB page to be able to interact with you and other readers about your very topics. Thank you for sharing all you do and I look forward to learning more and stopping by again. Blessings to you Sonya

  • Cassandra

    Thanks Sonya, I really appreciate your encouraging words. 🙂 Please, don't be overwhelmed by my HS stuff… our Summer Curriculum was mostly fun activities, half of which were "I hope we can make time to do this" (which we didn't!). I just start by thinking of what interests our children and what is "curriculum" appropriate for their ages, and I put a bunch of stuff together from the books we have… lots of hands-on stuff, since they really love it and they learn best that way!

    I've been homeschooling 2 years now but I feel like this year is the 'real deal' since my oldest is in grade 1/2. So… I have to get it together!!! 😉 You've reminded me to attach a link to the FB group again, which I somehow lost in the shuffle of edited and re-vamping the blog. You can easily connect there, and friend me on facebook, if you like! 🙂


  • Cassandra

    Carrie – I had similar experiences as a young teen as well. Through my Twilight series I will be talking about some of the affects of the books in my life, which will hopefully help the skeptics (hehe) understand more of where I'm coming from with Spiritual ties and books. Thanks for commenting, and I'm so glad you're able to share your wisdom with others. (hug)

    Kara – thank YOU for reading. If no one read, it'd be hard to find the motivation to keep researching and writing. I'm driven by the support of fellow believers… especially when posts get people fired up and defensive… and I have a way of doing that… *sigh* 🙂

  • Tricia

    I'm not trying to be contrary here, considering that I mostly agree with you . . . but I really respected the way my mom, who in no way had time to pre-read everything I read as a child, handled the issue. For a time, she chose the books at the library – even when she didn't pre-read, she was in charge of choosing. But perhaps more importantly, she taught me to be discerning. Though I rarely didn't finish a book, there were some that I chose not to read/finish reading, and I'd just let her know. (She then avoided getting others by the same author/etc.) So, when I was younger, there was more monitoring, and as I got older, there was more reliance on the discernment she taught me. Eventually I was able to go and choose my own books. Perhaps out of necessity, she taught me to be discerning, rather than just sheltering me.

    I consider the ability I have to read quickly and comprehend thoroughly to be a gift. It was in part why my mom couldn't keep up with my reading (the other 7 children may have played a part!) and served me well as a middle school teacher for 4 years.

    I did read the Harry Potter series. I started mostly because some of my students were reading, and can honestly say I'm glad I read them, but my children won't be reading them – at least not on their own. As for Twilight, perhaps in part because I no longer teach in school, perhaps in part because of content, I have not even the slightest interest. I think some of what we take out of books depends on how much we are open to. For example, when I read the HP books, I was reading with the purpose of evaluating. I had both students and parents asking my opinion, and I knew so little about them that I really didn't have one. So I didn't go into it with an open mind, but definitely in discernment mode.

    That said, until such skills are taught and applied by my children, I do intend to apply a high level of "screening" for my children. Just as I wouldn't feed them poison to teach them to detect it, I am not going to give them unwholesome literature to read. We start with the best, so they know what it should be, and then if something seems "off" they'll know without having to subject themselves to every sort of depravity.

    I have gone on . . . I wanted to share a slight variation on the issue. I sure appreciate the way my parents approached the issue with me, and hopefully I can teach my own children the values and discernment I was blessed to receive. 🙂

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