If you’ve been tracking our conversation on the blog this month, you know we’ve been talking a lot about discernment. More specifically, we’ve tried to hone in on how to discern truth from lies in the media we watch, read, and listen to.
This can be a difficult task. It isn’t always obvious when a media choice is feeding us lies and it can be difficult to walk away once we realize we’ve been deceived. What’s more, there are so many books, and movies, and shows available to us that finding worthwhile material can seem a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack.
We’ve recently faced this same problem in the youth group my husband pastors. We really wanted our girls to steer clear of Twilight but we knew we had to do more than just say, “Don’t read that!” We needed to equip them with some alternative media choices. So, we spent a day at our local Christian bookstore. We enlisted the help of a sweet employee who knew her way around Christian fiction and we spent several hours reading the back cover copy of stacks of books in the genre of Christian fantasy. We left with a pile of good reading material, which we allow the students in our youth group to check out for as long as they want for free. Our hope is that they will steer clear of books like Twilight while still enjoying some great reads.
I thought I would share that reading list with you, and chase it with a challenge to submit reviews of your own favorite wise reading material.
Here is the list of fantasy books we purchased for our youth group. Admittedly, I haven’t read all of them, so I can’t offer a definite endorsement. But if you’re looking for a Twilight alternative, this list is a good place to start. I’ve marked the books I have personally read and enjoyed.
By Ted Decker
The Circle Trilogy *
By Frank Peretti
This Present Darkness*
Piercing the Darkness *
By Robert Withlow
By Matt Bronleewe
House of Wolves
By Davis Bunn
What about you? What books would you recommend to young women who are committed to pursuing God’s Truth? I would love for you to submit a brief review of that book here on the blog.
Here are some guidelines:
- You need to have actually read the book—don’t submit a review based on what you’ve heard about a particular book or author.
- Keep your review short—less than three short paragraphs.
- All genres are acceptable. You don’t have to stick to Christian books. Consider writing about a non-fiction book, a biography, or a classic that you think makes a wise read.
- Make sure the book passes the “Media Mash” guidelines found on page 155 in Lies Young Women Believe.
- I reserve the right to discern whether or not a review is a good suggestion. I may not post every review.
I can’t wait to see what you’re reading.