Reading at Twelve

We are what we read, especially when we are young. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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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 and I’ll link you to it. I’m John Stonestreet.

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Further Reading

When Books Could Change Your Life
Tim Kreider | City Paper | September 24, 2008

Books to Buy Your Kids for Christmas
Gina Dalfonzo | Youth Reads | November 20, 2012