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Summer Book Study: 10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

By Anthony Esolen

To give you all something to chew on this summer as you enjoy the delights of having the kids home from school (hopefully at least occasionally), I thought to pass on some highlights over the next few weeks of a book I am reading right now.

The book is written in the style of C.S. Lewis' “Screwtape Letters” in which a neophyte devil receives advice on how to corrupt a Christian from his more experienced uncle. So in this book we learn all we need to know, and perhaps see much that we already do to destroy the imaginations of our children.

Esolen is provocative and extreme so perhaps take it with a grain of salt but I hope it will provoke some helpful thoughts as you navigate the maze of raising children in the 21st Century. Feel free to comment, push back against his ideas, or push them further.  Enjoy.