Over the last year I've heard The Book Thief mentioned a LOT. Everyone seemed to love it, everyone seemed to recommend it, everyone seemed heartbroken over it, but still considered it a new favorite.
So, I wanted to try it too! It's set during World War 2 and is about books? How much better could it
Whenever I'd read a review for this book or someone would recommend it, they would say the only bad thing about it was that it had some bad language in it. I was like, "All right. I can deal with that, if it's not too bad." So I checked it out from the library and started reading it (with the mention to my mom that it had a few particular "words". She said that's fine as long as it didn't get worse.).
So, it started out with some "mild" profanity. I mainly ignored it and tried to gloss over any parts like "he swore...." Well, it kept getting a little worse until they finally starting using Jesus' name casually and THEN they used God's name in conjunction with the d-word.
Aaaannnd.....that's when I closed the book.
I don't like profanity in books. I avoid it as much as I can. But when they're blaspheming the name of our Lord? That's just too much for me. I mean, where do you draw the line?
And trust me, I REALLY wanted to read TBT. It sounded sooo good, and I loved the author's writing style. It was so unique and creative and beautiful-why did he have to spoil it with blasphemy and profanity?
Yes, this was Germany in WW2. Yes, I'm sure people talked like that and much worse during that time (and today). But I really don't want to read it. I don't want to desensitize myself to people using God's name casually.
But that's just me. Maybe some of you can easily ignore those parts. And that's fine. I don't want to point fingers or make people feel guilty. I'm just simply wondering why people mention the profanity but not the blasphemy? Blasphemy seems a bigger deal that profanity to me. (not that I'm condoning profanity, of course!)
“Do not blaspheme Gode or curse the ruler of your people." Exodus 22:28
So, if you still enjoyed this book despite its flaws, that's fine. I'm sure it was a REALLY good story. I honestly still want to read it. But I feel like I'd be lowering my standards (based on God's Word) if I continued to do so.
And just to be clear, many of my favorite bloggers have mentioned their like/love for this book, and PLEASE understand that I don't think any less of them for doing so!!
I'd love to hear YOUR opinions/convictions about books like this.
Have you read The Book Thief?
Where do you draw the line about when to read or not read a book?