How to be Your Own Selfish Pig
by Susan Schaeffer-McCauley
Teaching Christian students to understand their faith as a total worldview is still relatively uncharted territory. Some excellent resources exist, but almost all of these resources are geared toward secondary students and beyond. In my experience, training junior high students in worldview analysis requires a great deal of patience coupled with an unwavering focus on a few basic concepts, which helps to explain why there is only one resource I recommend to junior high teachers: How to be Your Own Selfish Pig by Susan Schaeffer-McCauley.
As you might have guessed, the author has an impeccable worldview pedigree: she is the daughter of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. More importantly, she has the ability to address a younger reading audience without sounding condescending, and she uses humor well. Students find her fun to read, but they also grasp the obvious truth that she is addressing crucial issues. Though she won’t oversimplify, Schaeffer-McCauley takes care to avoid any rabbit trails that might distract from the most fundamental concepts.
Teachers will also find that the text raises enough questions to encourage a great deal of discussion—or, if you prefer, to require the student to respond to as part of their written homework.
Even older students can benefit from How to be Your Own Selfish Pig, as long as it is their first introduction to worldview analysis. Students with some background in worldviews should jump directly to The Deadliest Monster or The Compact Guide to World Religions. For a detailed list of the first ten worldview books a student should read (in order), go to the Worldview Reading List on this site.
by Jeff Baldwin