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Jesus loves puppets

puppets go to church

Puppets Go To Church
Perry and Perry
1975

Puppets, clowns, and mimes are my personal trifecta of evil. However, when one is in charge of collection development at a library, it is essential to set aside one’s personal issues with respect to puppets, mimes, and clowns and recognize that others love this stuff. Personally, since these puppets are on a mission from God, I am even more disturbed. But I digress.

This is less about puppet craft and more about performance and integrating Gospel themes into modern lessons. This would be a decent choice for some Christian school and church libraries if it were the mid to late 1970s. The scripts seem a bit dated and in one skit there is a reference to being spanked by someone’s mother, which would make it questionable for some libraries.

Mary

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The Unhappy Gays

unhappy gays cover

The Unhappy Gays
What Everyone Should Know about Homosexuality
LaHaye
1978

Most of you should be familiar with Tim LaHaye, author of the Left Behind series of books. This evangelical Christian minister wrote this in the late 1970s, not so coincidentally at the same time Anita Bryant was openly criticizing the gay liberation movement.  In fact, we featured her treatise on the evils of gay people on this site 2 years ago. LaHaye lavishes praise on Anita’s good works standing up against those militant gays.

I know many of you are wondering why the gays are so unhappy. I thought maybe they were unhappy because this guy (and many others) are trampling over their rights. I guess I am wrong, because the real reasons are the following:

They aren’t “normal.”
They are promiscuous.
They like sex too much.
“Insatiable quest for the erotic.”

Also, you can add things like selfishness, guilt, hostility, and a host of other issues. What causes all of this? Glad you asked.

Smothering mothers
Dominant mothers
Absent/passive fathers
Permissive parents
Demons

There is also a formula to make someone gay in the book. (See the fourth picture below) LaHaye has the cure for the wayward gay people. These include attending a bible centered church (no wacky Methodists or crazy Catholics), don’t hang out with gays, do hang out with “nice” Christians. There are a bunch more, but you get the picture.

Weeping for humanity (again still),

Mary

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Christianity can be fun!

Is christ for you

Teen-ager, Christ is for You
Riess
1957

More spiritual advice for “today’s” teens. The message is that Christianity is cool and God isn’t out to kill everything fun in your life. (I am not sure my teen self would necessarily agree.) It is a weeder because of the archaic references and the probability that no single teen would pick this title regardless of their interest in the subject matter, since it looks old and feels old.

I really believe that good design and cover art are essential to successful teen materials. I have seen much better covers and titles for Christian teens that would do a way better job than this little book.

Mary

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