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New year, 12 new reads: Standing between our children and the powers of darkness

Not to spoil everything, but the last line of A Swiftly Tilting Planet (that I  finished this week) says, “In this fateful hour, it was herself she placed between us and the powers of darkness” (Madeleine L’Engle).

I think that in this particular “hour” in the history of the world, our older children have more choices available to them for leisure time use than any previous era. And there is so much competing for that time!

Much of that time is spent digitally. Each l of our children still at home–12, 14, 16, and 18 years old–have digital devices available at their fingertips, supposedly when all their other jobs are done. (Some of the children have restrictions on their devices, while others don’t.) This places a big burden of resonsibility for wise time and resource use on their shoulders!  We have tried to teach them to self-monitor their mental intake and to listen to the Holy Ghost to guide those choices.

Cracking open a book

But just like us adults, they don’t always know what they are getting into once they crack open or download a book. Doesn’t it help to have recommendations from people we trust? And while a teen may not always want MOM to recommend a good book, they sometimes will (I think I have a semidecent track record with my children…right guys? Becca? Liza? Pete? Anna? Anyone?)

I try to find and read books that I could recommend to my own children, in a search for the very best to feed their minds and souls. By doing this, we as mothers have the opportunity to “place [ourselves] between [our children] and the powers of darkness.”  This doesn’t mean that the books we recommend are perfect, but that we believe there is so much good in them that they uplift the heart, inspire the mind, and leave no damage behind.

2018’s reading challenge

I’m ready for a new challenge to add to my reading for 2018: Find and read 12 great books to recommend to 12-18 year olds.

I’ll start that list off right now, having finished two books this week (and just started a third yesterday. It’s been a good book week!). I won’t include a summary of the book. If you want to know more about a book, click on the link.

  1. A Wrinkle in Time (The Time Quintet series includes A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters–which I am beginning to listen to this month, now that I’ve finished the third book, and An Acceptable Time.) I really loved A Wrinkle in Time! L’Engle reminds me of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald and J.R.R. Tolkien. Her writings are not simply a story, but a story woven into a bigger picture story, which symbolic underpinnings. 
  2. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. I really loved this story about a 12 year old girl trying to find her place in the world after major loss. Reminded me of Patricia Reilly Giff and Kate DiCamillo in terms of beautifully compassionate stories. I wouldn’t hand this book to a child younger than 12, personally.
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