Wholesome Reading

No one wants their kids reading complete trash. It's pretty widely understood that what goes in comes out, and if kids consume a steady diet of books with bad morals, chances are they're going to retain those attitudes, regardless of the instruction they get at home. Wouldn't it be better to have them read books with clear messages of Christian virtue and well-behaved main characters?

Yes and no—obviously, we want good examples set for our children, and character-building stories often provide them. At the same time, they have a tendency to portray their heroes and heroines as too good, so that kids see a completely unrealistic picture of childhood which they consequently reject, if not at home, then later in life when it matters even more.

In the Bible, of course, Jesus Himself is presented as our example for leading a godly life. The difference is that these books are supposed to be representations of ordinary people, not the Son of God. To suggest that human beings (especially children!) can attain a state of near-sinless perfection is dangerously close to heresy.

That said, even stories of this kind are better than a lot of the available reading material for youngsters. If the goal is to raise children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, giving them an unattainable standard is superior to giving them one far too easily achieved, or none at all. Stories about selfish kiddos, kiddos who get their way, kiddos who are more wise than adults—these aren't the kind of stories our impressionable tykes need to read.

With that in mind, we offer wholesome fiction. A lot of these books are Victorian-era novels highly influenced by the moralist tones of the period, but many are also more recent ventures (and also a little more realistic). We suggest you not make a steady diet of these sorts of books (they don't typically feature the best writing), but every now and then it's not a bad idea to refresh your children's pool of good examples.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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Book of Discovery
by M. B. Synge
from Yesterday's Classics
for 7th-12th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$16.16
By Far Euphrates
by Deborah Alcock
from Inheritance Publications
Historical Fiction for 9th-12th grade
in Inheritance Fiction (Location: LFIC)
Crushed Yet Conquering
Reformation Trail Series
by Deborah Alcock
from Inheritance Publications
Historical Fiction for 9th-12th grade
$19.95
Daisy Chain
by Charlotte Yonge
from Beautiful Feet Books
Realistic Fiction for 9th-12th grade
in Wholesome Reading (Location: FIC-WHO)
$14.41
Defender of the Faith
William and Mary Trilogy Volume 2
by Marjorie Bowen
from Inheritance Publications
Historical fiction for 9th-12th grade
in Inheritance Fiction (Location: LFIC)
$13.95
Doctor Adrian
Reformation Trail Series
by Deborah Alcock
from Inheritance Publications
Historical fiction for 9th-12th grade
$15.95
Drawing, Design, and Craft-Work
by Frederick J. Glass
from Yesterday's Classics
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
Early Church
by George Hodges
from Yesterday's Classics
for 8th-12th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
English Literature for Boys and Girls
by H. E. Marshall
Ill from Yesterday's Classics
for 10th-12th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$18.86
For God and the King
William and Mary Trilogy Volume 3
by Marjorie Bowen
from Inheritance Publications
Historical fiction for 9th-12th grade
in Inheritance Fiction (Location: LFIC)
$15.95
Governor of England
by Marjorie Bowen
from Inheritance Publications
Biography for 9th-12th grade
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Hannibal
Makers of History Series
by Jacob Abbott
from Yesterday's Classics
for 7th-12th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$9.86
Hedge of Thorns
Lamplighter Rare Collector Series
by John Hatchard & Mark Hamby
from Lamplighter Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in Lamplighter Rare Collector Series (Location: LFIC)
Hubert Ellerdale
Reformation Trail Series
by W. Oak Rhind
from Inheritance Publications
Historical Fiction for 9th-12th grade
I Will Maintain
William and Mary Trilogy Volume 1
by Marjorie Bowen
from Inheritance Publications
Historical Fiction for 9th-12th grade
in Inheritance Fiction (Location: LFIC)
$15.95
In His Steps
by Charles M. Sheldon
from Revell Publishing
for 9th grade-Adult
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$5.09
In His Steps
by Charles M. Sheldon
from John C. Winston
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$8.00 (1 in stock)
Life in the Eagle's Nest
by Charlotte Maria Tucker
from Inheritance Publications
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$9.95
Manual of Clay Modeling
by Hermione Unwin
from Yesterday's Classics
for 1st-12th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
Peep Behind the Scenes
Lamplighter Rare Collector Series
by O.F. Walton
from Lamplighter Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in Lamplighter Rare Collector Series (Location: LFIC)
Romulus
Makers of History series
by Jacob Abbott
from Yesterday's Classics
History for 8th-12th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$9.86
Scotland's Story
by H. E. Marshall
from Yesterday's Classics
for 5th-12th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$16.16
Soldier of Virginia
by Marjorie Bowen
from Inheritance Publications
Biography for 9th-12th grade
in Inheritance Fiction (Location: LFIC)
$11.01 $9.00 (2 in stock)
Spanish Brothers
Reformation Trail Series
by Deborah Alcock
from Inheritance Publications
Historical Fiction for 9th-12th grade
Spirit of America
by William J. Bennett
from Charles Scribner's Sons
for 8th-12th grade
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Stepping Heavenward
by Elizabeth Prentiss
from Lamplighter Publishing
Femininity/Realistic Fiction for 8th-12th grade
in Lamplighter Rare Collector Series (Location: LFIC)