Don’t Set Your Kids at the Feet of Fools

By Kevin Swanson

Proverbs 3:13-15 says, Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her.

Obviously as Christian parents we desire for our children to grow up to be wise, godly adults. But with all the books, movies, and music out there whispering their worldviews in our children’s ears, helping our kids distinguish God’s wisdom from man’s wisdom can be a huge challenge!

In fact, we can even be tempted as parents to think that if our kids are going to grow up to be informed, “well-rounded” adults, they should be reading books and absorbing media by the “great” thinkers and writers of our day. But let me remind you of another verse in Proverbs:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Plato, Nietzsche, Twain, Steinbeck — all “great” thinkers and writers by the world’s standards. But these men scoffed at God…and the Bible calls them fools. So how should we as parents respond?

I would suggest that if you want to assist your kids in growing in God’s wisdom, that you follow this process:

Teach your children God’s word FIRST: The Bible is the greatest book of wisdom in existence. And it tells us how to do the smartest thing a human being could ever do: repent, receive the cleansing blood of Christ, and inherit eternal life.

Next, set your children at the feet of the great Christian thinkers of history. Bunyan, A’Kempis, Calvin, Brother Andrew, those who feared God. Give your children the stories of those who made themselves “fools” for Christ’s sake, but who God calls the wisest of all.
Once your children have a firm grasp of God’s Word and the great Christian thinkers, introduce the great non-Christian thinkers. But now they will be equipped to discern truth from lies and not get sucked into deadly ideas.

This is the process we follow in our Christian literature curriculum:

Grades 1-5 give children a firm handle on God’s Big Story as revealed in Scripture.
Grades 6-12 give students stories and classic works written by some of the greatest Christian thinkers of the last 2,000 years.
Then as students are wrapping up in 10th-12th grade, they begin to engage in the battle of ideas with the great non-Christian writers and thinkers.

Finding books that will both give your children a solid education AND build up their faith in Christ can be a lot of work. So we created Christian literature resources to do most of the legwork for you.

AND THROUGH MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, you can get 20% off all our Literature & Reading titles, PLUS…you can knock off another 20% (40% total) when you order one of our Christian Literature collections:

God’s Big Story Collection
(Grades 1-5)
This collection includes our whole God’s Big Story series levels 1-5 (textbooks only).

Children’s Read-Alouds Collection
(Suggested Grades 1-5)
This collection includes:

Mary Jones and Her Bible

The Giant Killer

The Princess Bellaheld

Sunshine Country

The Dragon and the Raven

Timeless Christian Classics Collection
(Suggested Grades 6-9)
This collection includes:

Pilgrim’s Progress (Young Adult Edition)

Heidi (Original Unabridged edition)

The Swiss Family Robinson (Original Unabridged edition)

Titus: Comrade of the Cross

The Life of Henry Martyn Robinson Crusoe

The Holy War

Young Adults Literature Collection
(Grades 7-12)
This collection includes:

Augustine’s Confessions

Patrick’s Confessions

Knox’s History of the Reformation in Scotland

Bunyan’s Grace Abounding John G. Paton’s missionary autobiography

Athanasius’ On the Incarnation

A’Kempis’ The Imitation of Christ

Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (abridged)

Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress

Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History (Books 1-8),

Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People (Books 1-2),

Philip Schaff’s History of the Christian Church (selections from Pre-Reformation and Reformation Periods)

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There’s no reason why you can’t give your children an excellent Christian education and build them up in the faith with books and resources that will grow them in the wisdom of God. Take this opportunity to fill your bookshelves before our 20-40% off Christian literature sale closes tonight at 11:59 PM PDT. For Christ and His kingdom,
Kevin Swanson

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