Why Read Fiction?

Last week we saw how the wrong story can influence greatly in The Danger of the Wrong Story —changing our children's beliefs.
I've mentioned before, but I'll say it again—after our library remodeled and removed all the classics and stocked the young adult and youth section with the new style of books—their covers were dark, evil and oppressive—I stopped going to the library.

What are we to do?
Ban all fiction?

In fiction's defense, let me refer to my articles on reading: 
(As I started to list and read them, the list kept getting longer. These are selected, but more are available in the reading listing.) 

What is Fiction Good For?
What Is a Good Book?
The Case for Good Taste in Children's Books (An exceptional article reprinted by permission.)
What Should Fiction Do?

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Really loved the article, What is a Good Book? The quote, “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” Paul Sweeney said, is SO true. A really good book makes you want to read and read it, but at the same time, never finish it because you will have lost your friends, your almost family. Right now Bob and I are reading a chapter of the Little Britches series every, close to finishing the last book. I've read the series a number of times over the years to my kids, but this is Bob's first time and he absolutely can't get enough of Ralph Moody. We only read one chapter a day to make it last longer, because we know it will be a real loss when we finish. We've always read it out loud and shared it as a family.

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women, wives and moms---
about your family, faith and future.
I write about what's hard, what helps and what heals.
I show you how it's done. And not done.
I hold your hand as you find what matters to the Savior.
And let go of those things that mattered to you, but not to Him.
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               Sonya Contreras

Author of Biblical fiction, married to my best friend, and challenged by eight sons’ growing pains as I write about what matters.

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