I don’t know about you, but I enjoy checking my email inbox. I always wonder just what will be waiting on me.
Lately, more often than not, my brow furrows as I open yet another invite to become an Usborne Books Consultant.
Now, before I go any further, I’m going to share a short 10 minute video about this topic. If you have the time to watch it instead of reading this article, please do. I share actual photos and wording from these books in the video. My heart is just to share a few things that I’ve encountered in Usborne books as a sister in Christ who cares about you very much. I promise, if you sell these books, I do not judge your intentions.
From my experience, most Usborne books are really great. And when I say really great, I mean really great. They are engaging and children love them. So what’s the big deal?
Why not sell them? I mean, making money while selling something your children really enjoy sounds like a win-win to me.
I guess let me take you back to about ten years ago when I used Sonlight (which I do not recommend) curriculum. Sonlight included several Usborne books which, well, really rubbed me the wrong way.
Evolution and old earth/big bang theories were taught as fact.
Nude drawings were included.
Some might wonder why the theory of evolution is such a big deal. The problem with evolution is simple… it steals glory from God, and our whole lives should be based around giving God glory! God is who created the earth and man, and evolution is man’s way of explaining it in our own terms.
As I flipped the pages with my young child, I realized that this isn’t how I wanted to teach my child after a few years time. Our days should be filled with truth, and with what is good, noble, and worthy of praise.
I eventually stopped using the curriculum and those Usborne books. But lately, I have been inundated with requests about becoming a consultant and really felt lead to share my heart about this. I asked my Facebook friends how they felt about the topic, and several folks said that they used the books, but…
glued pages together…
used their Sharpie marker…
before giving the books to their children.
Now, if you just use Usborne books in such a manner all is well and good. But what if you sell the books which are contrary to God’s Word to others through your site? Would you be held accountable if other’s are lead astray because of something you sell them?
“If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
This is definitely something to consider, ladies. And the same holds true for any influence that we allow into our home. We will be held accountable, even if most of the books that we sold were incredible! You see, that’s how Satan works. He appears as an angel of light, and then sneaks in bits and pieces of untruth.
Update: I recently shared the reason why Teach the Diligently conventions speaks strongly against the selling and teaching of Old Earth Theory and Evolution. Their reason is wonderful ladies, please take a look!
I love and care for you as a sister in Christ, and I hope that this is something that you will at least consider. If you have the time, please feel free to watch the video above. May God richly bless you!