There is a debate among Christians to whether their children and teens should read YA fiction. Because of appropriateness most Christians have said no to this. This is also something, I've debated in from the very beginning. Yes, this does mean I'm a Christian. I've been going to church since I was born. And, my parents let me read anything I want. Which leads me to the debate should Christians read YA?
My youth pastor specifically told my youth group that we shouldn't read Harry Potter, Twilight, etc. A few days later, I caught a member of my youth group at B&N looking through the selection of books. Of course, I didn't tell anybody. So, there are many who have decided it is okay.
Christians believe that believers shouldn't be exposed to witchcraft, sex, violence, and more in order to be pure or holy. Well, we all know there's this and more in books nowadays!
It almost seems pointless to debate in this. I agree we shouldn't practice murder, suicide, violence etc. in real life. But, in books is it okay? How far does can it really affect me? I know I won't go murder anybody cause I read about it in a book!
The positive side of reading YA (for everybody):
- It gives a picture of good and evil.
- Teaches virtues of compassion, loyalty, and courage.
- Can even teach you friendship.
- Give you courage to try harder.
- They give us a positive aspect on life. (most books)
- Teaches character to teens.
- Some even help you solve life situations.
Personally, I believe children should be thought by their parents not to give try the things they see or in this case read. There have been some children who have been tempted to trying occult practices they've read about in books books. That type of person should avoid books. But, a mature person with knowledge of good and evil might as well be safe to be exposed to these things.
Verdict: While there is no final answer to this debate, we can all agree that it has its pros and cons. I know if I read about suicide I won't try it. If I read about murder I won't. And so on. I will however, say that we must be very cautious about what we put in our minds and hearts.
As for me, I will choose wisely what I read and handle reading books without giving into occult practices and doing something immoral, that I might have read about in books.
On the plus side there are a variety of books with Christian themes and values.Note: I'm in no way bagging on non-christians. It's personal choice. Even if you have no religion upbringing, you still shouldn't try occult practices that you may read about in books like witchcraft.
To name a few:
All with Christian themes in some way!
- The Dark Divine
- Twilight (hard to believe, but yes)
- Harry Potter (again hard to believe)
- Once was Lost
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth