“Subtle” Christian children’s books

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Perhaps buy your MIL “A Letter To A Christian Nation” by Sam Harris. Tell her that since she seems to be trying to expose your kid to Christianity, it seems only right that you expose her to reality.


Good for you! Although I will say, when she gets a little older, despite the Christian undertones, I really enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia as a young athiest.


Unbeknownst to me, when I was a young tot something similar happened. For my seventh or eighth birthday a highly religious aunt and uncle gifted me a few of the Left Behind novels. As a prodigious reader, i was excited and thankful for the new material. My mom swept the books into a bag with the other gifts and I never saw them again. We stopped seeing that side of the family outside of the occasional terse holiday gathering despite living in close proximity. As a spastic youth, I was none the wiser. In my 20s I found out that, upon receipt, my mom gave the books a quick read before returning them to my aunt with a note. She asked that my aunt not try and scare a child into believing that everyone they love might ~leave them behind~ because they don’t have a specific faith. Pretty proud of my mom for that. Sad thing is that aunt and uncle have a clearly closeted, now mid 20s, son who they claim knows better than to be gay. They control his finances and he wasn’t allowed to get an education—he’s essentially trapped. The rest of the family just hopes our cousin doesn’t hate himself.


From what I’ve seen, this never goes well. I’ve seen several posts of kids being ninja-baptized (although that’s exclusive to some cristian sects), coming back home asking weird questions about salvation or praying. Just let me remind you that for those people “it’s someone’s soul what’s at stake”, which means, you can’t trust someone like that.


As an atheist mother of 3 young girls with a super religious holier-than-thou “christian” mother, I know how you feel. I don’t allow my girls around my mother without me anymore because she wouldn’t take “don’t talk to my kids about your beliefs” seriously. My oldest is 9 now and understands that Grandma’s beliefs are her own and that we don’t agree. She went to a church service when her Grandpa died and she was scarred for life. haha “Why are all of these people singing like robots?” was my favorite question from her that day! With all that being said, I do talk to my kids about the super popular biblical stories (Noah’s Ark, Adam and Eve, the resurrection, etc) because I don’t want them to be thrown off when others talk about it. I tell them that christians believe these things actually happened when they didn’t. They’re just like all the other fiction stories we read just not as well thought out as our favorites… I also make sure to stock my kids bookshelves full of science and evolution books… I’d pay good money to see my mom read one of those books to my kids.