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March 26, 2012

The Hunger Games

Should kids read the Hunger Games? From the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with the Point.

I get questions like this all the time, only the object changes. Should my kids read Harry Potter? Or Watch Twilight? Or play Halo 3? It’s the perennial challenge of parenting in the 21st century in a culture shaped by media. Its easy to be offended and try to hide from it, and its easy to be sucked in without critically examining what we watch or listen to. Neither of those options work.

The current phenomenon is The Hunger Games series. The books have been huge sellers, and the movie based on the first book was released over the weekend. So, what should we do?

First, no book, movie or tv show is harmless. All contain messages that need to be discerned and examined. Second, no teenager should be released into the entertainment world alone. The stakes are too high -- so join them. Talk about it. Critically question and teach them how to do the same.  As for the Hunger Games, come to, for a parent’s guide by my good friend Dan Panetti. It will help you talk with your kids about the themes in these books. For thePointRadio, I’m John Stonestreet.

CLICK HERE for a special parent's guide from Dan Panetti of Prestonwood Christian Academy.

Further Reading

Hungry for the Hunger Games: Why We Need Dystopian Tales
Monica Shelby | Her.Meneutics | March 22, 2012

Jesus in 'The Hunger Games'
Amy Simpson | Christianity Today | March 22, 2012

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  • March 26, 2012 // 01:04 pm //  # 
    Jazz's avatar Jazz

    Just a warning to anyone who has not read the books, the parent’s guide contains a HUGE spoiler from the third book (the only one I have NOT yet read…)! It basically tells you how everything works out in the end!
    Aside from that large disappointment though, I thought it held some valid points.

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