This past weekend we were in a christian book store. There is a devotional book that I have been considering buying Caleb for a LONG time (Life Lessons from the Squire and the Scroll, Bishop), so I looked for it on the shelves. It wasn't there. But that isn't what bugged me, because it was a small store. What bugged me was that there were at least five devotionals for little girls (gender specific).
Well, I let it pass, thinking thoughts about small Maine town Christian book stores which might not have been very charitable. But I confess, I am a child of the age of Amazon. And while it has been easy to throw my support and enthusiasm behind local libraries (and not buying too many more books - which weigh a ton whenever you move), small local bookstores have a long way to go before they endear me....
Anyways. Back onto my rant.
Today I was pulling a few books online that I need to buy for ministry and homeschool, and just decided to give another look for the above mentioned book. Devotional books available at CBD: Boys 11, Girls 27. And it's no better over at Amazon. And when you expand the range to include teens, it doesn't get any better... maybe it gets even worse. I know you could argue that little boys aren't sit down reader/thinkers, that they are wired differently than girls, that they don't read until much later. But I'm thinking that the message being sent is very much that faith-growing is much more for little girls than little boys. AAACK!
I'm told by my best friend that the things that most get your goat may be the ones you are around to help solve. So, now I guess I need to make time in my schedule for writing devotional material for young boys, young teenage boys, and young men.
Yeah. And I'm so qualified to do that.