I am fanatical about the words book and burning being in the same sentence. if you do not want them find a fun of those books and give them let them do what they will with it, donate them back to a library, better still follow Melodist's advise and keep them where you will never get around to read them again, that's what I do with some books i regretted reading. But for heaven sakes do not burn books. its one of those things I am irrational about!
But if the content of the books is actually harmful or heretical?
We once got something in the mail from psycho-Protestants called the Jesus Faith Bible Prayer Rug. It was a weird picture of Jesus that you were supposed to stare at and the eyes would open, and then you were supposed to put it under your pillow. Instead. we burned it outside. It produced green smoke. We chanted the stichera of the holy fathers, and doused the ashes in holy water. God 1, Satan 0.
to address the first question, I believe in writing another book refuting the book deemed harmful and heretical. I am aware of the kind of battle we are engaged in. Lucefer is actively working in disseminating ideas to capture and enslave the will of the human person, having in mind the death of the soul by separating it from God. Evil is very much present in our every day struggles. the burning of books containing his ideas will neither stop nor deter his ideas, on the other hand the refuting of his ideas with the Truth( in words and action) will do the job marvelously! falsehood is destroyed by Truth, the fires of this world will not stop neither truth nor falsehood, they are not capable to do neither in my opinion. infact they might lend an intensity of focus to those ideas one seeks to destroy via fire so the act might backfire on the intention.
I am willing to agree to disagree on this point. However I am merely trying to present how I look at the issue and its related effect. I have no wish to elevate the issue more than it is relevant to the point I am making suffice it to say that I believe in the effectiveness of battling ideas that are potentially fatal with ideas equally fatal to them.
I have accepted as gifts certain items from acquaintances of different faiths and traditions, i kept some as I have kept some collectables since none of them pretended to be of Orthodox Faith and Tradition. had they pretended to be of such nature, I would have handled those items as I would handle damaged icons, and holy items, I will burn them in reverence that is keeping with their correct original purpose. that seems to me what you have done to the Jesus Prayer rug, whatever that may be, you gave it the proper disposal of damaged icon and such.
The above Icon,distortes the historical as well as theological truth of Orthodoxy, while it pretends to convey orthodox theology of brotherly love. it has been damaged, and we have a way to dispose such items that bear the Holy Name. had it been a Hindu or some other art, I would have no problem of keeping it, as their idea. however Orthodox Theology must remain Orthodox in its fidelity to Truth. what is not mine should not be advertised as one.