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Early Foundations Publishers

No parent will deny the great need for, but the short supply of, sound and wholesome books for our children and teenagers. Once our children begin to develop a taste for reading, we often are at a loss where to find the books which portray the proper atmosphere, habits, role models, life style, principles, and virtues which we hold dear. We all realize that we cannot teach our children to love the Lord. God alone can do this by His supernatural work of grace. Yet we must grasp every opportunity to impress upon their young minds the example of honesty, purity, loyalty, kindness, and respect. Well known author J. C. Philpot wrote in an article on teaching children, "Grace, we know, is supernatural, the special gift of God, and therefore is so far out of the question; but the minds of children are, for the most part, exceedingly plastic and open to impression. How well we remember the events and circumstances of childhood. Should not occasion, then, be taken to imprint on this soft, plastic clay, life- lessons? Religion, in the high, the only true sense of the word, we cannot teach children. To worship God in spirit and truth must be the alone work of the Spirit. But why should not the nicest principles of honor, truthfulness, generosity, kindness, industry, and the strictest morality be inculcated? And without ever leading them to hypocrisy or false profession, why should not such fundamental truths as the holiness and justice of God, the strictness and curse of the law, salvation by grace, pardon and acceptance only through the blood of Jesus Christ, the necessity and nature of the new birth be laid before them?" (J. C. Philpot, Sin and Salvation, pg. 159-160).

Our Children Want to Read, Have to Read - but What?

Our teachers tell us our children have to read. It is good for their speech, language, imagination, development, understanding, vocabulary, and the like. These teachers will try everything to get their students interested in books.

Mothers start reading books to their little ones, and Professor Bus, from the University of Leiden, has proven that such reading can diminish or even avoid dyslexia. This university also has an extensive research program on promoting reading in students who have little or no interest in books.

Devoted librarians have told me how they try to find out where certain students' interests lie, and how they try to lure them into reading with simple books on that topic.

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