I am a mom of three who loves to read. I wanted to instill this love to read in my children’s lives. When they were really little I would read to them all the time. 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 it was impossible for me to keep up on what they were reading. This didn’t really concern me until my oldest got into middle school and I opened the book she was reading. In the book, the main characters were cutting themselves in order 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 important to me. I started to go to apps that were supposed to give the parents the essential highlights. These were good and very helpful but again were not from a religious or spiritual aspect of my worldly view.

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 the books my children were reading. This way I can have a deep discussion about the religious or spiritual aspects of these books to help form their conscience. I also read books they don’t read in an attempt to find good recommendations for them. Therefore, my children have not read all the books I review.

NOTE: 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 and I do not claim to be a Catholic scholar and I have no formal theological education or background. I run this blog as a hobby as I enjoy juxtaposing secular books to my religious views.

John 15:19 “If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.”

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.”

Romans 12:2 “Do not conform yourself to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”