Monday, November 26, 2007

Children's Lit

I think this blog is going to spend some time talking about children's literature this week - partly because it's one of the things I write (and I've got a new book out), and partly because it seems so much in the national consciousness lately.

Let's start with the Golden Compass, a topic I've briefly addressed already. Our pastor mentioned it at church yesterday, and I was really impressed with how he handled it. No righteous indignation. No shock and awe.

He just made a simple request that the congregation pray for the author (Phillip Pullman), that he would come to know how much God loves him. And then the pastor made the radical suggestion that parents should be aware of the media choices their kids are making. And that was it.

He explained he was talking about The Golden Compass because it was a specific book which people were concerned about... but Pullman's books aren't really the point. It' s not about The Golden Compass, or even how the movie is being marketed. It's about parents being involved, talking with their kids. It's about showing love to people. Getting angry, flustered and outraged really doesn't help. As G.K. Chesterton pointed out:

"It is a very dangerous and even destructive thing to have a large supply of righteous indignation."

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