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“A Series of Unfortunate Events”

     These Lemony Snickett books have been embraced by an increasing number of people in the homeschool movement, even those who come from a “Christian” background. In various issues of my free e-mail homeschooling newsletter, I have included reviews, both of my own and of others, for and against the books. Having read one, I do not think that they are appropriate for my family and I do not recommend them. World Magazine, Oct. 7, 2006, had some information about the author, whose real name is Daniel Handler. “But who is Daniel Handler? He is 36 and married to illustrator Lisa Brown. They met as students at Wesleyan; like many others it has shed the religious connotation of its name and become standard-issue liberal.” Consider his explanation of the books. “The books make no bones about the world being a chaotic and confusing place where one's behavior does not lead to one's just rewards.” Well, yes, bad things do happen to good people, but the world is not a chaotic and confusing place; the universal God still reigns and His will is being accomplished, whether we understand it all or not. “He notes that the Baudelaire children in his novels are 'not in control of their own fate. Even good behavior doesn't seem to get them ahead.'” Upon what worldview does Handler build his fictional world? “He and his wife 'come from a long line of observant but not particularly religious Jews.' By 'observant' he means 'celebration of holidays, observance of customs associated with those holidays, not necessarily belief in God.' But he and Lisa want their son to have a Jewish education….'We'd like him to reject the same religious tenets we rejected.'” Furthermore, “Handler says he's 'pretty much' an atheist, but the subject does not come up much among his friends and associates in San Francisco: 'I'm not a believer in predetermined fates, being rewarded for one's efforts. I'm not a believer in karma [ note: there's a BIG difference between God's law of sowing and reaping and the paganistic idea of “karma,” WSW]. The reason why I try to be a good person is because I think it's the right thing to do. If I commit fewer bad acts there will be fewer bad acts, maybe other people will join in committing fewer bad acts, and in time there'll be fewer and fewer of them.'” I agree with author Marvin Olasky's assessment. “This humanistic vision differs radically from a biblical worldview.” I cannot and will not say that reading these books is sin. Each family must make that decision for itself. But what I read in World only confirms my belief that these books are not appropriate for our family.

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