Target is doubling down on its pro-trans kids’ clothes, North Face has deployed a gay drag queen to make a mockery of girls in the great outdoors, and propagandists are busy lying about “book bans” to gin up sympathy for pornographic children’s titles. We must be closing in on pride month, folks!
A different kind of “pride” book is hitting shelves on June 1, however, and rather than fueling the narcissistic LGBT mania and debauchery that’s come to characterize pride month — and every other month of the year — this children’s book is an antidote to it: It teaches the pitfalls of pride and the importance of humility.
A Good ‘Pride’ Book
“Pride Comes Before the Fall” is the latest children’s book from Brave Books and actor and author Kirk Cameron, who has drawn some ire from LGBT activists himself after the same taxpayer-funded libraries that had hosted Drag Queen Story Hour then resisted giving the Christian writer a slot to read his previous book to kids. His new picture book is part of the publisher’s “Freedom Island Book Club” and features the same illustrated animal characters that little fans of Brave Books have come to know and love.
Although the conservative book is being released during so-called “pride” month, it’s not an anti-LGBT book. Instead, it’s the first of several books from Brave that will cover the seven deadly sins, starting with pride not only because it’s at the top of the list but because, as Cameron told The Federalist, “It’s the deadliest.”
Yet with corporate America, radical book publishers, public schools, and media cheerleaders coming out in full force for rainbow month — which now includes way more than the celebration of same-sex adult relationships — the book couldn’t come at a better time.
“I struggle with pride. I think we all struggle with pride, especially children. And what makes that struggle even more difficult is when kids see pride being celebrated for an entire month,” Brave Books founder and CEO Trent Talbot told The Federalist. “We just wanted to provide an alternative message while they are going to spend the month at school, at Barnes and Noble, at Target seeing the message that pride is good. We wanted to give parents a tool to be able to have an important conversation about the topic of pride and humility.”
A tool it is. Accompanying the bright illustrations by Steve Crespo is a fable about a strong and puffed-up tiger named Valor who is convinced he will win the Great Raka Rapids Race but gets stuck with Kevin, the elephant who doesn’t know how to paddle the raft. Over the course of their slip-ups and tumble down a waterfall, the duo learns about the consequences of pride and the power of humility, patience, and forgiveness.
At the back of the book is a “Brave Challenge,” which includes games and questions for parents to use in instructing their kids about humility because, as Cameron says, these teaching moments are a parental responsibility that can’t be outsourced.
“Take back your children. God gave them to you, not to the government or the schools or even to your church,” Cameron told The Federalist. “Children belong to moms and dads, and it is our sacred duty to nourish their hearts and minds with what is good and true and beautiful and leads to their blessing. So it’s not complicated. It just requires courage.”
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America’s raging culture war drives home the importance of finding this courage — because when Christian conservatives find their voice and speak up in defense of children and truth, they effect change.
For proof, Talbot says just look at Target and Bud Light. “I think that Christian conservative parents and grandparents are starting to wake up to the fact that they have real power in our culture,” Talbot added. “It may seem like we don’t have any power or influence, but we do.”
A Better Example
America’s cultural confusion about pride isn’t limited to LGBT activism, of course, but pride month reminds us there’s no escaping the 21st-century culture war.
Yet some Christians try. They shy away from cultural battles of great spiritual consequence (or even cave to anti-Christian mobs) because they identify right-wing culture war champions as “proud,” and thus consider Christians who take up the same causes as morally bankrupt. This self-righteousness reeks of pride too.
So what are faithful Christians to do? Cameron urges believers to remember the perfectly humble God-Man they’re following — but also to be honest about the fact that Jesus was “very outspoken about moral issues.”
“The reason we’re in this mess is because Christians have lost their courage to speak the truth in love. So don’t put your eyes on the culture warrior who has stepped into pride land. Put your eyes on Jesus, the most humble man in the world,” Cameron told The Federalist, leaning into Jesus’ divine contrast. “He’s the one who said things like, ‘You brood of vipers!’ … ‘You ravenous wolves,’ ‘You blind guides.’”
Then Cameron practiced exactly what he preached about Jesus’ outspokenness with a blunt warning:
If you’re not in the fight to preserve a good and healthy future for our children, you’re worse than an unbeliever because this is your sacred duty: to love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. If you’re out of the culture war, then that’s not loving. You’re being complicit to the evil. All that evil needs to advance is good men to do nothing, so get involved. Be brave. Get a backbone. And follow the most humble man in the world. That’s what I’m trying to do.
For Cameron, that looks like taking truth to parents and children around the country. Since releasing “As You Grow” last year, the author has been hosting library story hours. They draw huge crowds that pray, sing, and read uplifting children’s tales together. Now story hour attendees will get to hear “Pride Comes Before the Fall.”
“I welcome everybody to come,” Cameron said, even inviting those who don’t agree with him. “If people want to attack someone who wants to teach children about humility, that’s evidence of their pride, and I would hope that they will come and maybe learn the value of humility. In fact, I’ll even send them a copy of the book!”
Speaking of which, if you’d like a copy of “Pride Comes Before the Fall,” you can pick one up starting June 1 or preorder it on Amazon today. Better yet, you can get the book for free if you subscribe to the Freedom Island Book Club in June.
If you live near Seattle, catch Kirk Cameron reading the book for the first time publicly at the Seattle Public Library this Saturday, May 27, with special guest Joe Kennedy, the high school football coach who was fired for praying after games. If not, keep your eye open for a Brave Book Tour stop near you.