Who remembers the original of this book?
This book was read to me between ages 2-3, maybe into age 4.

The pictures I remember:

The corpses of people whom God had just murdered for worshipping idols.

Abraham wielding a machete over a bound Isaac.

Lot's wife as a pillar of salt.

It made an IMPRESSION.
I am a TODDLER at this point. My parents now make fun of me for the kinds of questions I asked then, but they forget how FUCKING developmentally inappropriate this was.

To read to me BEFORE BEDTIME AS A TODDLER.
The kinds of questions I'm asking as a BABY...

YES, I had hyplerlexia and very advanced speech at this age, which means my parents persist in thinking of me as an ADULT from the time I then about one and a half...

And I'm a little less forgiving of my mom here.
SHE has an education degree, and she's the one who mostly read this book to me.

So I'm 2 and having dark nights of the soul...

Sometimes I'm like, "Am I really autistic, or did my parents just read this to me as a baby?"

I am, but anyway...
I'm wondering, from about age two:

"What is worship? What is an idol? I can't tell from the picture, so how do I know if I worshipped one? Are they in the house? At what age does God start killing people for worshipping them?"
"How often does God test the faith of parents by telling them to get out a big knife and bind their oldest child to an altar? How will I know if it's coming?"

I started locking my door at night and having insomnia while still a toddler.
So anyway, my upbringing was still mild for evangelicalism, partly because we moved out of rural VA by second grade and my parents are lifelong Democrats.

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