Deseret Book responds:

Deseret Book

The Not Even Once Club was created to help LDS parents and their children discuss the importance of making and keeping promises. We encourage people to read the short story in its entirety and the Guide for Parents and Children in the back of the book, especially the emphasis on the atonement of Jesus Christ.


Posted on September 10, 2013
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  • Fred Anson LAKE FOREST, CA
    • over 1 year ago

    As a reviewer said well on Amazon:

    "As an LDS clinical psychologist I strongly recommend you steer your children away from this book. This teaches children all the wrong messages from authority figures whose time would be better spent teaching them about unconditional love and forgiveness. I cannot stress enough how damaging this message about attainable perfection is. There are many developmentally healthy books out there that are appropriate for children. This is NOT one of them. Steer clear!"

    This book is neither beneficial nor healthy for children. It perverts Christ's atonement and teaches unhealthy devotion to imperfect and flawed leaders.

    IMO, it needs to be recalled.

    Thank you.

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  • Edward Jones SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    • over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your response. This book is lovingly illustrated and seeks to instill high values in children. But it teaches children that it is possible for them to avoid all sin, and indeed encourages them to promise this. Scriptures clearly state that this goal is impossible. The Not Even Once Club therefore sets children up for failure. You mention an "emphasis on the atonement of Jesus Christ," but repentance appears nowhere in this story. Even the Guide for Parents and Children neglects the atonement until the final three inches of text. While this book was clearly written and produced in good faith, it is not good doctrine and not psychologically healthy for children. We respectfully ask you to reconsider stocking it.

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  • Edward Jones SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    • over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your response. This book is lovingly illustrated and seeks to instill high values in children. But it teaches children that it is possible for them to avoid all sin, and indeed encourages them to promise this. Scriptures clearly state that this goal is impossible. The Not Even Once Club therefore sets children up for failure. You mention an "emphasis on the atonement of Jesus Christ," but repentance appears nowhere in this story. Even the Guide for Parents and Children neglects the atonement until the final three inches of text. While this book was clearly written and produced in good faith, it is not good doctrine and not psychologically healthy for children. We respectfully ask you to reconsider stocking it.

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