Engaging children through literature is an easy way to pass on such needed swords in our battle to protect them against the world. And not just protect them, but equip them with the armor of God: the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit.
Reading secular literature as a Christian has been a topic of debate for as long as there have been books and Christians. As parents, we often question whether our children are reading appropriate material at school. We worry they are independently selecting the wrong stories…, stories too violent, or worldly, or sinful. It becomes especially difficult when we see a trend in young adult literature emerging that we aren’t sure is appropriate for our children. Take The Hunger Games for example. This series ignited interest for children who had never read before. Because some parents weren’t reading it for themselves first, there were probably children reading about particular topics that would have been unacceptable to parents if they had known. We must be a critical component in guiding them through secular literature through the eyes of a believer.