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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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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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Christian Parenting

creative christian home cover

The Creative Christian Home
Sparks
1974

As I was looking at this book, I was trying to decide how creativity fit into this Christian parenting guide. There is nothing particularly wrong with this book, I just don’t think it is super creative or helpful.  The Christian aspect was more about peppering general advice with a bit of scripture.

Caveat: I am a bit biased against parenting books since all they did was make me feel inadequate. They remind me of those passive aggressive “helpful” moms, and sometimes dads, that point out all the things I am doing wrong. This includes, but is not limited to, issues of breastfeeding, naps, raisins as a snack, dairy, no dairy, diapers, television habits, church attendance, lack of church attendance, reading habits (btw, I really resented that one!), and other ridiculous unsolicited advice. (Let’s call it parent-splaining.)

I am so glad to be retired from parenting.

Mary

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