20.5.13

There Are No Words to Describe These Words

I'm always on the lookout for valuable resources for my church. Maybe a small group study that complements an upcoming sermon series or a parenting class I think would connect. I subscribe to email lists to keep me current on new releases. Sometimes I find some gems, but just as often I find myself angry, depressed, or given to fits of laughter. My therapist says that if I stuff my feelings deep enough I'll become a Swedish Baptist. Or Lutheran. In the interest of avoiding a middle-aged conversion,  I thought I would share a press release with you from time to time and supply commentary.


Like this:

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To be sure, Thomas Nelson is a fine Christian publisher, and I'd give an eye to have my next book published by their team. Even so, two of these titles are concerning:

Take Heaven is Real for Little Ones. In the past few decades there's been a spate of near death/"I went to   Heaven, came back, and hired a ghost-writer" books. There's definitely something in the culture demanding books like this. What sets the Heaven is Real franchise apart is a young child is at the epicenter of the franchise. I'm not here to judge whether young Colton Burpo did or did not go to Heaven. However, the very nature of religious knowledge is that it's often unverifiable.The very nature of human memory is that it's malleable. And the very nature of children is that they want to please adults. The entire franchise makes me uneasy.

On a much lighter note, we have Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye. The beloved detective is public domain due to copyright laws, which means Disney, the BBC, and now Len Bailey can use Sherlock for their own purposes. The book blurbs says the duo will be going to exotic and spice-filled locales.

By the love of all things Angela Lansbury, I love solving me some mysteries.

Plus, any horny freshman Biblical Studies major worth his salt knows "a spice filled, exotic location" must be an allusion to the Song of Solomon's "mountains of spice", an agrarian reference to breasts.

Spicy, indeed.

And ten  Biblical mysteries. "Honey, see if your parents will watch the kids tonight..."

You can bet your needle's eye, this book will end up being like the board game "Clue". Can Sherlock and Watson discover who did it in the library, and whether true love waited?

1 comment:

  1. Here's why I ordered the Sherlock Holmes book. I have an 11-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. They both love to read, but when it comes to fiction from Christian publishers, she has a lot more choices than he does. Thomas Nelson's ratio of books for preteen/teen girls vs boy is easily 10:1, maybe much higher. When I saw that the Sherlock Holmes book was available, I took the opportunity, because it might be months before they put out another one that isn't aimed at girls.

    For the record, I do not limit my kids' reading to Christian-themed books.

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