Reader Sarah faces a dilemma:
My mother has sent me boxes of books that I collected as a teenager, which she has been storing for me rent-free (thanks, Mom!). One of these boxes contains the first eight or so books from the Left Behind series, of which I was a devoted reader back when I toyed with charismatic evangelicalism.
I am simply torn up about what to do with them. I don’t want to keep them around (because on top of the dubious theology, they are large books and poorly written), but I am also a book lover that won’t throw them away.
Usually in this situation I’d donate unwanted books to Goodwill or sell them to a used bookstore for credit, but the thought of some wide-eyed 14-year-old picking these up and reading them just fills me with dread, partly because I was once that impressionable 14-year-old.
Donate them? If so, where?
Dispose of them despite her love of books?
I suggest keeping them around, marking them up with your thoughts, and then making the donation to a lovely Christian bookstore. I’m sure a youngster somewhere will be pleasantly surprised