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What If Your Kids Don't Read Fantasy

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What If Your Kids Don't Read Fantasy

Featured by Speculative Faith

Are unsure if your child should be reading fantasy? You may be asking the wrong questions. 

"I can’t tell you how many times I’ve spoken with a mature Christian friend about their uncertainty of the role of fiction and imagination.

They may know it’s good in a nebulous sense, but what should they do when their child suddenly has an appetite for fantasy? What if they ask to read Harry Potter?

They don’t consider themselves fundamentalists, yet they think fantasy poses a real threat to their child."

Read more on Speculative Faith's website.

 

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The Dark Alleys in Young Adult Fiction

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The Dark Alleys in Young Adult Fiction

FEATURED BY DESIRING GOD

Are you or your child a voracious reader of young adult fiction? For many parents, it would be impossible to read every book your child is reading. But just how uninformed are you to what is being consumed by the middle schoolers and teens in your home? 

"'I’m just glad she’s reading.' You’ve heard it before. Maybe you’ve said it yourself. You think it’s great that your teen or preteen is enjoying literature. And it is great.

Mostly.

Many parents think any book is better than hours in front of a screen. But they may be blissfully unaware of some current trends in young adult (YA) fiction.

This article isn’t primarily about censoring your child — or even yourself — from the world of secular fiction, but about knowing what’s out there and guarding the hearts of your family through prayer and critical thinking (Proverbs 4:23Philippians 4:6–8)."

Read more on Desiring God's website.

Read an edited version at Stage and Story. 

Cover art above was designed by JT Wynn from Stage and Story!

Do you have questions or concerns about this article? Read my follow-up blog The Dark Alleys Part Two.

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Fears Shrink When God Grows

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Fears Shrink When God Grows

Fears Shrink When God Grows: A non-fiction narrative

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I recount a severe car accident that will impact my family and me for the rest of our lives.  It was because of this ordeal that I experienced crippling anxiety for many years. After searching for answers to overcoming her fears, God provided them through continuous prayer and the council of a pastor. I was eventually able to see that my anxiety was rooted in idolatry.

 

"It was August of 2009, an hour west of Flagstaff, Arizona. I was sitting shotgun in my boyfriend’s Jeep with his dad in the back seat, driving cross-country from southern California to Chicago. We were on our way to attend seminary, or so we thought. An hour after we stopped for lunch, both my boyfriend and I were overcome with sudden exhaustion. There would be no staying awake.

I was woken abruptly by my boyfriend’s father urgently calling out his son’s name. I looked up just in time to see us drifting off the highway. The Jeep jerked right, then left, eventually sliding perpendicular on the road. The cruise control was still on, and we were traveling fast."

Read more on Desiring God's website.

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