Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice – Berean Daughter’s review
I must admit that this review tickled me. Ya think she didn’t like the book?
I’m also impressed because while I read these books several times as a teen myself, I don’t think I had as much discernment. I had no guidelines as to what I read. Hey, I was reading books I was better than all the teens sitting at home watching TV, right?
When my oldest children were growing up we spent alot of time reviewing and critiquing books. I was very critical of what my children read. Essentially, better no reading than bad reading. As I’ve matured in the faith some books no longer get a free pass (Chronicles of Narnia) like they did when the children were younger. Fiction is also considered to be junk food. Ok in small amounts, but not the steady diet and hopefully something that children can learn isn’t good for you. Very few fiction books are worth the time, Pilgrim’s Progress being one of the exceptions. Adults who only read fiction are wasting their time and decreasing their potential for spiritual growth.
When my oldest became teens they were in charge of reviewing books for the younger children. I could trust them to do a good job and they had more time than I did. My oldest daughter would often set aside a new book after a couple of pages because of bad words or bad attitudes. Bad words did not mean curse words like some suppose but any words that my children were not allowed to use themselves. So darn, OMG, and stupid would all fall in that category.
As a seventeen year old senior my daughter is pretty much allowed to read what she desires especially considering most of our books come free from Gutenberg Press. Now she does have guidelines and we discuss books, plus she also has her 20 year old brother to ask about books. I would not have recommended her even bothering reading this book but since she is working on some book reviews of the average books a homeschool family may read she decided to.
I’m also relieved to know that she isn’t planing on pining away waiting on her “Mr. Darcy” to show up and always looking at every young man as a potential “Mr. Darcy”. As we all know “Mr. Darcy” is just fiction, real young men and older men are sinners like us, hopefully saved by grace.
Foolishness (Prov 15:2; Prov 15:14; Eccl 10:13)
Foolish women spinning their heads at every “eligible” young man that comes into view.