“Many a book that is bound in bright colors has stored within those covers the most deadly moral influences... In considering the influences in the home-life that leave deep and permanent impressions on character, thought must be given to the books and papers that are read.” ~Homemaking J.R. Miller
I believe that it is not only your character that is impacted one way or another though books, but also your very thoughts. Consider this verse from Philipians 4:8
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” Our thoughts are so important to the Lord, and filling my child’s mind with garbage through books would be to sin against God.
So what do we do? Most stay-at-home moms don’t have the time to sit down and pre-read every book they give to their children. Well, the best advice I can give you is to do your homework BEFORE you hand it to your kids to read. There are countless reviews and websites where you can gain an adequate understanding of either the author and his/her beiefs, or an understanding of the content of the book itself.
Teach your kids God’s biblical standards, and train them to be discerning. Talk to them about what they read, and ask them to tell you about anything they come across that doesn’t sound right to them.
It is impossible to keep our children from reading and hearing things that we might like to keep them from. We are living in the world, after all! But we must do our best to protect them from impure thoughts by carefully picking and choosing what books and magazines find their way into little hands.