I remember being able to read by the time i was six years old and by the time i was eight i could read just about anything. I have four siblings and as a child there wasn’t much money going spare for things like books, but we were encouraged to go to the library often and borrow them and read them. Back then of course life was simpler and quieter and there was more time to read and less television, also parent’s didn’t have a veto a book before a child could read it and there was no such thing as teenage books either, teenagers were children until they became adults after they left school.
Unfortunately there are too many books today that are not good for anyone to read, child or adult and yet we are almost obsessed by them and there is this urgent need to read such books and then shout, scream and wave your arms in the air saying you have done so. Almost like a badge of honour or a trophy.
However we do not need to read these things, we do not need to feel bad when we state clearly that these things are not good and we should seek after that which is good. The Apostle Paul wrote the following to the Philippians
‘Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if they be any virtue, if they be any praise, think on these things.’
Whatever we clutter our minds with, we will most certainly think on those things, whatever they may be. I am not saying that the only book you should read is scripture, but i am saying read something that builds knowledge or/and leaves a good feeling inside you. I know my view of what is acceptable is different to the world’s, but a good book does not contain ‘sludge’.
I am not going to state what you should read, you are all adults and can chose for yourself, but ask yourself these questions; ‘Would you let a young child read it?’ Would you be embarrassed to tell someone else what you were reading?
What are you reading? Or what have you just read?
Just Read: The Beach House – Mary Alice Monroe
Reading: False Impression – Jeffrey Archer