Do you have children that love to read? We do. We are a family of readers. When my children were younger I was very specific about what they read. In fact, unless their father or I had read the book ourselves we did not let them read it. The reason is simple. For a Christian, the battle field is often fought in the mind. Therefore, what we put into our mind has a tremendous influence on our lives and effects our spiritual growth. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
However, we ran into a challenge when our children started out reading us. Aaron would pick up a book at the library and ask if he could read it. I would tell him to get the book and his father or I would read it first. But we got to the point where we couldn’t keep up with him. So, what is a parent to do?
We solved the problem for a little while by finding authors we trusted. We would then let them read anything they had written. Again, we ran into problems there. For example, my children love C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series but there we just some of his books we did not wanting the children to read until they were older.
If a parent wants to guard their children’s hearts they must sort through thousands of books to find those that are worthwhile. There is, however, another option. You can find a trusted source that has already done the work for you.
Apologia offers the solution. Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson is a trusted guide in children’s literature. In her book she recommends over 1,000 stories for young people from the classics to modern favorites, picture books to adventure novels, and read aloud favorites. She shares her heart on reading and informs us of the literacy crisis here in America.
Read for the Heart is a wealth of knowledge. If you would like more information about the book, visit Apologia to read a sample chapter. The book cost $17.00.
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Disclaimer: As a member of The Old Schoolhouse 2010-2011 Crew, I received Read for the Heart in exchange for an honest product review. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.