I was involved in a discussion over at The Joseph Kennedy Experiment
regarding a new Christian alternative
. During the discussion Joe Kennedy made the point that the sexually provocative ads, and even profiles, found on MySpace are really no different from what people see on television. He made a good point here and while I agreed that he was right, I pointed out that we should not allow our children, if humanly possible, to be exposed to such things regardless of the outlet. And I further suggested that we, as adult Christians, should limit our exposure as well. But I have to admit that lately I have not been following my own advice. I must make a confession: I watch too much television
. I am exposing myself to sexually provocative ads, to profanity-laced television programs, and to a culture that makes normative those things the Bible calls heinous and immoral. Recently, as I was scanning various Christian blogs, I came across one in which the author noted his affinity for the hit television show Grey's Anatomy
, but admitted that he felt conflicted as he found himself hoping certain individuals in the show would "get together" forcing one to cheat on his wife and then get a divorce and the other to be complicit in the former's adultery. I must admit as well that I have had similar feelings of conflict watching various television shows in which the protagonist must choose between sins rather than between what is right and wrong.
Because of these thoughts, I have come to the realization that I must turn off the television and begin reading again. Very little knowledge of the world, or of history, or of God is had by watching mindless programs that are set in unreal situations. Real knowledge comes through intential learning and through personal experience. I have enough personal experience right now as I wade through the cesspool that is the public school system, still hoping to find signs of life. What I really need is to broaden my mind though reading. So, I have chosen several books over the next couple of months. Among them are:
- Game of Shadows : Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports.
- The Secret Message of Jesus : Uncovering the Truth that Could Change Everything.
- Manhunt : The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer.
- The Catcher in the Rye.
- Churchill : A Life.
While those are not in the particular order in which I plan to read them, I am currently reading Game of Shadows and hope to have a review up in a couple of days. In the interest of discussion let me know what books you think I should add to this list and what books you have been reading lately (and whether or not you would recommend them).