ok, all you avid readers out there....

  1. guilty and ignorant is what i am.
    and i don't even know what i'm looking for, except it must come in the form of a book/set/volume.

    admittedly, i do not read as often as i should (the guilty part).
    therefore, have no idea even where to begin (the ignorant part).

    my 13 yo son has a very inquisitive and knowledge-seeking mind.
    he LOVES the book i bought him yrs ago, that entails every single scientific question and answer one can think of (i.e., why is the sky blue).
    a couple of wks ago, he loudly proclaimed in Catholic school, that he does not believe in God....since there is no proof, and why should he believe the Bible.

    i'm trying to give you a picture of who my son is.
    he's highly intelligent.
    although he seeks absolutes and concrete answers, he thinks outside the box.
    today he was asking me about tele and biokinesis.
    when he's given a paper sev'l wks in advance, he starts it the noc before and gets an A.

    so what type of book would i get.
    anyone know of titles and/or authors?
    any direction would be greatly appreciated.

    i even emailed the librarian at the bpl (boston public library), with no response.

    dianah, where are you???
    i remember you helped me when this son was in 5th grade....

    thanks everyone.

    leslie
    i'm looking for non-fiction and not a novel.
    informational, exploratory, creative...yes.
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  2. 24 Comments

  3. by   adrienurse
    I gave my brother in law a subscription to this magazine for his birthday. He loves it (and yes he probably was a lot like your sone when he was his age). It's a 6 issue a year magazine full of useless trivia and quirky facts. mental_floss magazine - Where Knowledge Junkies Get Their Fix
  4. by   RainDreamer
    I remember watching this series in Sunday school back in high school .... and I still remember some of the concepts they talked about, which has really helped me to understand more. I *think* it was called "Does God Exist?" ..... the guy that did the series was a former athiest. I'm not sure if this is the right series or not, but it's worth checking out:
    Does God Exist?
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Home page a series of books containing a wide variety of short stories/articles aboud legends (ex. Oak Island), inventions (exs. Slinky, Silly Putty, the modern bathroom), people (presidents, celebrities, 15 minute of famers), movies (the making of, the story it came from), tv shows (how they got start, etc.), etc.


    Plus, it makes a cool addition to any bathroom.
  6. by   EricJRN
    Not sure where to look in regard to telekinesis specifically, but if he has a skeptical nature (that you want to make even more skeptical ) and he's interested in learning more about questions like religion vs science, an excellent author to research would be Michael Shermer. One of his particularly well-known books is called Why People Believe Weird Things.
  7. by   tnbutterfly
    hey leslie,
    one of my son's favorite books was the way things work by david macaulay. there is a new one called the new way things work. i see you live in boston. my son is now in grad school at mit.
  8. by   leslie :-D
    wow!!!
    ea and every response has been incredible and right on the mark.
    i took a quick peek through ea of the links provided and have book-marked them.
    i think i have found my solutions already.
    thank you guys.
    truly, you have no idea how much this helps.

    and yes, i would LOVE him to believe in God.
    i don't care so much about any formalized doctrine but feel that he is missing out on the concept of faith.
    but, he's only 13 and i certainly cannot or would not impose my views.
    chris just knows that i personally, love God.
    and sometimes he's incredulous at my faith in believing that we inevitably get what we need, not necessarily what we want.

    but i digress. (i betchya you're all thanking God now, right? )

    again, my heartfelt thanks.

    leslie
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    Leslie,

    I would recommend my library - only it's a little too far from where you are.

    If "topic" is no limitation, may I suggest a few titles from my own library (most, if not all of them are from Reader's Digest that I have collected over a good 15 years!):

    Imponderables
    Treasury of Wit and Wisdom
    Unsolved Mysteries of American History
    Birds in Your Backyard
    How In The World
    Eye Can't Believe It
    1000 Wonders of Nature
    Skills And Tools
  10. by   Spidey's mom
    Leslie - my 17 year old daughter is an agnostic. She asked us when she was in 5th grade if she could be baptized - we were not sure about it that young but she seemed very sure of the reasoning behind baptisim. And now, here she is a few short year later, doubting.

    My take on this, after already raising 2 boys through their teen years, is that it is normal for kids to doubt and test and make faith their own (or lack of faith). My oldest son has told me to just back off my daughter right now - be available to her but don't push her. She will come back.

    Lots of good ideas here already - see what good friends we have?

    Hugs to you.

    steph
  11. by   bethin
    Quote from earle58
    my 13 yo son has a very inquisitive and knowledge-seeking mind.
    he LOVES the book i bought him yrs ago, that entails every single scientific question and answer one can think of (i.e., why is the sky blue).
    a couple of wks ago, he loudly proclaimed in Catholic school, that he does not believe in God....since there is no proof, and why should he believe the Bible.

    i'm trying to give you a picture of who my son is.
    he's highly intelligent.
    although he seeks absolutes and concrete answers, he thinks outside the box.
    today he was asking me about tele and biokinesis.
    when he's given a paper sev'l wks in advance, he starts it the noc before and gets an A.

    .
    I think I'm a bit like your son. Not a boy and not 13, but there's no gray area with me. It's right or wrong, God or atheist. BTW, I'm Catholic and wonder where God came from. Has your son questioned that? I want a concrete answer!!!! I have also (shamefully) questioned God. The question is, if there is a God, why does he allow horrible suffering to innocent poor children to happen? Also, if your belief in God is concrete, great. It's how you act about your beliefs. Believing in God is to have faith. I have faith but it's not concrete quite yet. Working on it as I want to have complete faith but like your son, I need some proof first. Scientific proof.

    Ok, before I turn this into a religion thread -

    Has he read Stephen Hawking? He is an absolutely amazing scientist. He is atheist, but I don't think that shows in his books. His books state facts and theories. I have no idea how many books this guy has out, but ALOT. He also sometimes makes an appearance on NOVA on PBS. This guy has an answer and explanation for everything. If you try amazon.com you might be able to find his appearances on DVD. I'm not sure, but he's either dead or dying. Personal experience: when I saw a picture and explanation of a black hole in one of his books, I knew that only God could make something so incredible beautiful.
  12. by   Roy Fokker
    Leslie,

    You already know how I feel on the particular issue - so I won't reiterate.

    BTW -- on the off chance the kid develops an interest in military history, I have about 200+ books I can recommend on WWII alone

    Quote from bethin
    This guy has an answer and explanation for everything.
    First stop "A brief history of time". Next "A briefer history of time".
    THAT and "Superstring theory (The Universe in a nutshell)" are essential reads for any beginner on Stephen Hawking.
    Last edit by Roy Fokker on Nov 29, '06
  13. by   SweetOldWorld
    I remember being that age and the joys of searching in the library or bookstore and discovering all sorts of wonderful books. How about a gift card to a bookstore and letting him choose?
  14. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    "Superstring theory (The Universe in a nutshell)"
    And when he has chewed through that, don't forget to get "Elegant Universe" by Brian Greene.

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