I had a near-disaster from the library recently.
My son wanted to read a book about World War II. Knowing how much my daughter has enjoyed the Dear America series, I thought I would get a book from the “boy version” of the same series called My Name is America.
When we got the book, The Journal of Scott Pendalton Collins: A World War 2 Soldier, from the library , I felt the urge to flip through it. I really think it was the Holy Spirit prompting me. Usually when we get books from series that we know, I don’t think anything of handing them to the kids and letting them read away. That book, though, I decided to preview briefly.
In less than a minute, I found at least 3 sexual references. I also saw at least 2 gambling stories. Both were treated in a very flippant, accepting manner. (If something that is sin is treated as sin, we wouldn’t necessarily avoid a book.) This is a book that is supposed to be aimed at 9-12 year old boys.
When we got home, I looked up the book on Amazon. Other reviews also mentioned that there are very graphic descriptions on war (guts, blood, loss of limbs).
Needless to say, we’re not going to read it. We did get a chance to have a great discussion about why he wouldn’t want to read it.
I am so thankful my son doesn’t have all of that in his head.
Another time recently, we got Calvin and Hobbes from the library. Thankfully, my son came to me when he saw an inappropriate joke in it. This one shocked me because I loved Calvin and Hobbes as a child. We found at least two bad story lines in the book we had – sexual in nature. I hope to find a Calvin and Hobbes book used somewhere so we can cut out all the inappropriate cartoons and enjoy the funny ones.
Have you ever run across a book that you would warn other moms about? Please share in the comments below!