Time and time again, Christians are mocked and scorned for our belief in the supernatural and our acknowledgment that dark forces are at work in this world.
Postmodernists would like to think that the teachings of God’s Word regarding the immaterial realm are little more than persistent mythology that continues to hold humanity in the dark ages.
But then, they publish garbage like this.
“A Children’s Book of Demons,” marketed to children ages 7-10, is a chance for young readers to “grab your coloured pencils and sigil drawing skills and dial up some demons” as a “fun” way to solve problems such as bullying or housework.
The book, written by Aaron Leighton, self-described as “an award-winning illustrator and art director, as well as a fan of all things occult,” first hit bookstore shelves back in July.
A review of the book from the Canadian Review of Materials (CM) attempts to defuse the small controversy the book has already sparked, stating that the humorous nature of the fictitious “demons” it catalogues make it simply a fun, entertaining children’s book:
Any lingering concern that Leighton is leading children down an occult path will be dispelled as soon as readers meet the book’s first demon, Borborigma. What youngster hasn’t, at one time or another, grumbled about taking out the garbage or resisted eating the last bits on her/his plate? Calling Borborigma would solve the problem as this demon “is a repulsive spirit who will happily devour all sorts of disgusting foods, table scraps.” Leighton offers a word of caution regarding Borborigma as his tastes are not limited to the gross, and he “will also eat food you do like, as well as your plate and cutlery, so watch out.”
Beginning with Borborigma, Leighton then alphabetically introduces young readers to a total of 20 demons, concluding with Zervos who evidently loves to do chores and errands for whoever calls him. Each demon is treated via a pair of facing pages, with one page carrying the text and the other Leighton’s artistic representation of what the demon would look like – if you were able to see it. Being bullied? Pugni can be your personal demon bodyguard. Don’t like PE class or playing sports? Jokko, a sports-obsessed demon, will happily take your place. Left completing that school project until the very last minute? Eruditi adores homework and constructing dioramas. Whatever a child’s “need”, Leighton suggests there is a demon on call.
The description of the book from its publisher, Toronto-based Koyama Press, however, tells a different story, cautioning children to “be careful, even if these spirits are more silly than scary they are still demons.”
“These pages contain an unruly bunch of spirits who are not company for the faint of heart, as they love nothing more than mayhem and mischief,” the book’s preface reads, according to the CM review. “However, with a few tips and a little bravery, you can turn these unholy troublemakers into potential allies who can solve your most serious problems. But before you go playing with fire, there are a few things you should probably keep in mind.”
Leighton then proceeds to teach children how to call on any of the 20 demons featured in the book by drawing the demon’s “sigil, a magical symbol representing the letters of the demon’s name,” loudly saying its name, and commanding it to “appear and do your bidding.” After serving their purpose, demons can then be “dismissed” when the child thanks the demon for its service and rips its sigil drawing in half.
As if it weren’t shocking enough that a book like this even exists, CM suggests that it be integrated into classroom curriculum:
Though A Children’s Book of Demons is not an essential purchase, this fun, imaginative read could be used as a stimulus in a combined language arts and art class in which students are invited to invent and illustrate their own demons for situations and problems that Leighton hasn’t identified, such as how to talk comfortably to members of the opposite sex. Resorting to calling Hypnos is not a satisfactory response.
This is what “calling evil ‘good’” looks like, folks.
As ridiculous as the “demons” contained in the book may be, there is nothing innocent or fun about even pretending to summon evil spirits, least of all as a means of “creative problem-solving.” But who is to say it is pretend? The spirit world is real and is no laughing matter.
Leighton, an occultist himself, is clearly looking to proselytize our children. Not on our watch!!
This vile book is currently for sale by Amazon, Target, and even Walmart. While the former two have given us ample reason for boycott in the past, especially Amazon’s practice of banning books at the LGBT movement’s request, this is something of a surprise coming from Walmart.
While the book has several extremely negative reviews on each website cautioning shoppers to avoid it, this isn’t good enough.
Contact Walmart to demand that they stop selling this dangerous book!
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