The viewpoints and interpretations in this blog are mine and mine alone.
I do not represent the Catholic Church nor other Catholics.
I speak solely for myself.
I do not claim to be a Catholic scholar.
I have no formal theological education or background.
I run this blog as a hobby.
I enjoy juxtaposing books I read to my religious views.
I am a Catholic mom of three who loves to read. I wanted to pass this love on to my children. When they were little, reading together was an important part of our relationship. When they started to read on their own, they would read the same book over and over again. As they grew older, they started reading books for older children with more pages/chapters. They could read 3-4 books a week, and I couldn’t keep up on what they were reading. I wasn’t concerned until my oldest got into middle school. One night I opened the book she was reading. In the book, the main characters were cutting themselves to feel.
I firmly believe we become our surroundings. The people with whom we hang, the lyrics of the songs we listen, the ideas in the books we read, and the images in the movies we watch. These become our personal experiences that help form us in who we are going to be as people. As a Catholic mom, I became concerned about not knowing the information or media that was forming my children (don’t get me started on YouTube!).
I have a different viewpoint of the world, and I have many counterculture beliefs. I have different values than the world, and the things of God are essential to me. I started to go to apps that were supposed to give the parents the need to know highlights. These were good and very helpful but again were not from a religious or spiritual aspect that represented my worldly view.
1 John 4:4-6 “You belong to God, children, and you have conquered them, for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They belong to the world; accordingly, their teaching belongs to the world, and the world listens to them. We belong to God, and anyone who knows God listens to us, while anyone who does not belong to God refuses to hear us. This is how we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.”
I also knew I couldn’t dictate what my kids read as they have access to a school library and could easily read books without my knowledge. I want my children to be open to me about what they are doing in their lives. They know I don’t believe in blanket censorship, but I do believe in age censorship. They respect that and listen to my opinion on age censorship. To solve my problem, I decided to start reading more books directed to children (especially some of the ones my children were reading). This way, I can have an in-depth discussion about the religious or spiritual aspects of these books to help form their conscience.
My children have not read all the books I review.