Jay’s Journaledited by Dr. Beatrice Sparks
Teachers say, in Staff Feedback that this book will be used "in a unit on drug abuse and the poor choices that an adolescent makes. Debates on legalization of drugs and class discussions are common activities."
Well, this book certainly is about poor choices. Unfortunately the book doesn’t offer any ideas about good choices or even better choices; the reader or the teacher will have to come up with those on their own.
From the RSD community reviewers: "While the introduction depicts the book as a useful tool to help kids understand the dangers of Jay’s lifestyle, the book itself gives a much different impression. Jay is a very intelligent and articulate boy. While some of his subject matter is obscene and disgusting, it is written in a very graphic form, keeping the reader’s attention. As a mature adult, I found that some of the images depicted taunted my mind for many days. The helplessness and hopelessness of the book were very depressing. As Jay delved deeper and deeper into the occult, witchcraft, satanism, animal mutilations, etc., he convinced himself and his readers that his search for ‘truth’ was bearing fruit."
Because this book deals so heavily with the occult it becomes overwhelming. Therefore high school students are advised to avoid its use it. But in case you or someone you know is reading this book: remember that a spiritual mentor should accompany the reader on this morbid journey. Because the spiritual is taken out of the context of Biblical standards there is no way for the book to measure its premises against truth. Holding the book up to the light of truth will take an effort that would be aided by teamwork.
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