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Christian Work at Home Ministries

Savage Man on Fire

Posted: 23 Dec 2015 06:00 AM PST

This post will include a testimony of how my life was changed, and, one of, or maybe even THE most essential ingredient in being a great, Christ-centered Dad. It’s one of the most important things that Dads can do to mold the life of your children for eternity. That’s some serious expectation as a lead-in for a blog post.

It’s nigh impossible to avoid the whole Harry Potter thing. And why would you anyway? They are pretty good books with the perfect mix of adventure, intrigue, mythos, and are all wrapped up in the perfect setting to be a blockbuster phenomenon. When my kids ‘got into’ the Harry Potter movies/books I really enjoyed learning the names of the characters. J.K. Rowling did a great job of concocting names for the main characters that were a delightful mix of some really old-time and old-fashioned names – it really added to the whole setting of a ‘prestigious and ancient wizarding school.’

Anyway, listen to some of these names; “Rebeus,” Minerva, Albus, Gilroy, Neville, Remus. One that could probably have been added, was “Beulah” (pronounced Bū-lah). I’m partial to this name for a couple of reasons. One, is that my parents had a St. Bernard when I was little named Beulah. My instructions as a kid were to climb to the top of the play yard slide if she got loose – because she was biiiiig. My other experience with a Beulah is more to the point of this article.

My mom took me to the nearby small-town library when I was a kid. It was an old house that was converted to a library at some point. It had creaky wood floors, dilapidated shelves, and lots of books. Books, that I must add, had no known organization. No card catalog. No computers. This was a time actually before computers (just dated myself).

Then there was Beulah. She was a sweet older lady that was acting librarian. I mentioned that there was no book organization system, but that was partially a lie. Beulah was the organization system. She knew every book in the library and where it was located. I know this because as a kid I would wander around the shelves in the library looking for the picture on the face of a book that would intrigue me. There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to the ‘organization,’ and, since I was a pre-teen boy, I was mostly roaming around looking for book covers that displayed scantily clad women on the front.

One day, she came up to me and said, “I have some new books that I think you might like.” It was a big assumption, that as a pre-teen boy I naturally would like certain books. Maybe she saw me carefully inspecting book covers? She led me through a couple turns through the catacombs of the library to a shelf ; one that actually had a label: “Science Fiction/Fantasy.” She pulled a book off the shelf and showed it to me. It had a picture of a savage-looking man in a loincloth holding another man over his head. And the man . . was . . on . . FIRE!

I was hooked.

It turns out that the book was “Son of Tarzan” and I also brought home “Tarzan of the Apes” that day too. I read them both that week. I devoured the other books soon after, then more. And more.

For the record if you have pre-teen boys, there are a lot of great book covers existing for Science Fiction and Fantasy books that have scantily clad women on the front.

Beulah must have seen that she hooked a young reader, because somehow she regularly came up with new books in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genre. . . . And my life was changed forever.

It was. Reading is perhaps one of the greatest skills and activities that I ever learned. Hence, a whole “Do the Dad Thing” article on how very essential it is to instill the joy and importance of reading to your kids. With reading, you easily learn things that enable a student to coast through school. Reading helps formulate character. Reading is the key to worlds in fantasy, and the most important aspect of reading is that it holds the key to eternity. Eternity? Really Brad? That’s a pretty big statement.

It is, because the Bible is the BOOK, the very words of the Lord of All. I frequently run into people that don’t read. ‘Not reading’ surprisingly enough, includes not reading the Bible. So those people that don’t read, don’t have a grasp of the essence of God. Consider this:

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.”

There is theologically more to these verses than ‘reading,’ but, If you don’t read, if you don’t digest the Bible, then you miss out on the Word (a.k.a. God).

So, what can you do as a Dad? I will include the proverbial bullet list that will get you on the track toward instilling reading to your kids.

. . . actually, I’m not going to include it here. This article is long enough. And now you must ‘stay tuned’ to the next post to get some really good and practical ideas for helping your kids discover the joy of reading.

And yes, I actually did track down that original book cover to post with this article.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Brad Washburn is a father, husband, and Director of a Christian counseling center in Tampa, Florida. He has helped hundreds of people over the last 15 years. In particular, he desires to see fathers be “men after God’s own heart” — a description of King David in the Bible who was a lover, fighter, sheep herder, and harp player . . . .Find out more at www.pathseekercenter.org

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