Yesterday we talked about how the allure of stuff in our culture actually changes the way we think about ourselves and each other. So, how do we rise above consumerism, and how do we help our kids rise above consumerism? One way: expose them to good books!
In a 2008 article, Tim Kreider suggested that the reading we do at a young age tends to shape us more than any other time in our life. Why? “Books for children and young people are unashamedly prescriptive,” he writes, “They're written, at least in part, to teach us what the world is like, how people are, and how we should behave…” In other words, they teach us "How to be a human being."
If you are looking for some recommendations, my colleague Gina Dalfonzo has compiled her annual Christmas book list for pre-teens and teens at the YouthReads page. Come to thePointRadio.org and I’ll link you to it. I’m John Stonestreet.