I can imagine what you pretty, young things are thinking, that all my blather about the older living books is nothing more than a grandmimi’s craving for washboards, butter churns, and corsets. Actually, none of those sound at all enticing!
Regardless of changing styles, however, there is something tremendous and timelessly valuable in the living books. It isn’t the “olderness” per se which makes them surpassingly worthy, but rather their inherent quality, which outlasts cultural moods, and will grab your kids’ attention!
Why? I should have seen sooner, because I knew that when the culture changes, everything therein changes, too. So, why did I originally assume that current public libraries would still stockpile Judeo-Christian-based books? Why didn’t I guess that youth publishing would also change? For, a book certainly reveals the author’s beliefs about God, truth, and what is worth learning. Even those which show a clinical cosmos express a powerful worldview, albeit empty and lifeless.
Hmm, a book also shows the author’s view of his human readers. If—like the prevailing culture currently—they wish to avoid the greater spiritual realm, and instead see humans as soulless, bio-chemical amalgamations, mere cerebra in need of data, their books will be factoid dispensers for the “MRI-able” gray matter. They will tend to dissect concepts and topics down to small and separate components which they feel are man-sized, and thus easily labeled, scanned, and manipulated. This reductionism promises human mastery.Read More >>