Item description for The Squire and the Scroll: A Tale of the Rewards of a Pure Heart by Jennie Bishop...
Overview A young squire, who is following the words of the scroll provided by his mother and father, travels a long, dangerous road to save the entire kingdom from evil.
Publishers Description This captivating adventure follows a young squire who travels a long, dangerous road beside his brave knight, on a quest for their king. The action builds until the final face-off with the monstrous, evil dragon. Only then does the squire learn of the secret beyond the cave that ends in a joyous celebration for the entire kingdom. Children will gain valuable insight as they learn, along with the young squire, what it means to face the dangers of temptation, and what it takes to guard one's heart from all that is impure.
Community Description Little girls worldwide have embraced Jennie Bishop's best-selling morality tale The Princess and the Kiss--and ever since its publication, parents have been clamoring for a companion book for boys. Here's the answer!
This captivating adventure follows a young squire who travels a long, dangerous road beside his brave knight on a quest for their king. The action builds until the final face-off with the monstrous, evil dragon. Only then does the Squire learn of the secret beyond the cave that ends in a joyous celebration for the entire kingdom.
Children will gain valuable insight as they learn, along with the young squire, what it means to face the dangers of temptation, and what it takes to guard one's heart from all that is impure. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
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Studio: Warner Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.62" Width: 11.3" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.98 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Warner Press
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 1593170793 ISBN13 9781593170790 UPC 730817323497
Availability 0 units.
More About Jennie Bishop
Jennie Bishop is a writer and speaker with a real passion for the ideals of purity and family. She is also the founder of PurityWorks, an international organization that specializes in lifetime purity training. Jennie lives in Florida with her husband, Randy, and two daughters.
Jennie Bishop currently resides in the state of Florida.
Reviews - What do customers think about Squire And The Scroll?
The Squire and the Scroll Oct 18, 2008
Jennie Bishop tells a delightful tale about a young boy who has recently become a squire in The Squire and the Scroll (make sure the title is in italics). The king has sent the squire, along with a knight, on a quest to retrieve the Lantern of Purest Light, which has been stolen. Many other knights have been sent to rescue the lantern, but none have returned.
Before his journey begins, the squire's mother and father give him a copy of a scroll. It has five rules on it by which the squire and his family have patterned their lives. The knight and squire encounter many dangers and temptations on their quest for the lantern. Each time, the squire remembers a rule from the scroll and uses it to guide his path.
Although the word God is used only once in the story, this tale is appropriate for a Christian audience as the rules of the scroll are Biblical in nature. One example is: "Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you." This verse comes from Psalms 4:25 [NIV]. Another rule, "Listen only to words that are pure," is similar to a verse from Psalm 119:9 [NIV] that reads, "How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word." The author cites this verse at the end of the book.
The illustrations by Preston McDaniels are vivid, life-like paintings, full of color and charm; they lend much to the tale.
What I Like: Everything, but especially the language. The writing is so smooth and lyrical it's almost like reading poetry.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: The publisher suggests 4-8 as the targeted age group, but I think that although this age group would enjoy the story, the language is more appropriate for an older audience, more like 9-12. Adults will enjoy it, too!
Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review
Wonderful!!! Aug 13, 2008
A beautiful portrait of purity in a story little boys and girls alike can understand and love.
Not Theologically Sound Jun 26, 2008
While I appreciate the author's attempt to use allegory to encourage and assist parents in teaching that purity is important to their children, the author does not appear to have the theological skill of Lewis in writing allegory without unintentionally muddying the theological waters.
The representation of Christ as Aslan by CS Lewis is of a different nature than the angle of the Lantern that I see in the story line. In no way did Lewis ever compromise the nature of Christ. If in some way the Lantern is representing Christ, then He certainly doesn't need our protection - it's the opposite, we require His protection. If the Lantern is representing purity, then that is not something to be served...but something that serves us. (See the quotes I have pasted below pulled directly from the book "The Squire and the Scroll").
There is quite of bit of theological muddiness here - it's not as simple as if the Lantern represented Christ...which it can't, because we cannot have Christ stolen from us if we are believers. We dod not have to rescue Christ from the Dragon's lair, for Christ put all things under His feet. He is the victor. So if the Lantern represents Christ (as in a line quote below the Lantern shows the way), then what exactly is going on here? If we are talking about the Lantern representing Purity (which can and should be guarded), we have other issues.... Christ brings peace and joy, not being good. Christ should be honored as opposed to a quality (purity - see again the quoted lines below). The Pharisees honored "being good" (legalism) and were completely missing the mark. The story also talks about *obeying* the Lantern. If the Lantern is Christ, fine, He is honored by obeying the Scroll (Bible); however, if the Lantern is not Christ, but is Purity...then we are honoring "being good," which again, is like the Pharisees. (And in the story line, the characters are rescuing the Lantern which is then to be honored and served. Hmmmm).
So...is the Lantern representing Christ? If so, it's not being done as Lewis did with Aslan - instead, it becomes a idol with a tenuous hold on things that can easily be captured away (as in Old Testament idols). If it represents Purity, then is the idea of "being good brings peace and joy, shows the way, etc" the idea we want to bring across? Are we wanting to say that "acts of righteousness" will show the way?
Some quotes from the story:
It was this good man's charge to guard the Lantern of Purest Light, the lamp that brought peace and joy to his kingdom.
His kind parents were not people of great position, but they had clean hearts and honored the Lantern of Purest Light as the people of the kingdom did. And the boy promised to honor his parents and the Lantern by living his life by the five truths in the scroll . and he honored the Lantern by obedience to the scroll in all that he did. The words of the scroll had seen him through many a temptation. But the knight did not remember the words of the scroll. "For the Lantern and the scroll!" shouted the squire, and he plunged the sword into the dragon's body.
And when the travelers came to the tunnel, it was open, and the Lantern showed the way
"Because of his bravery and his devotion to the Lantern and to the scroll, he will have my daughter for a wife and rule my kingdom one day. For who better would guard the Lantern of Purest Light than one with a heart kept pure?"
A shout went up from the people, for they were in agreement with their king. Beyond knighting the young squire, the king instituted a new order of protectors; the Knights of the Lantern. The knight who had trained the young squire became its captain. These men dedicated themselves to the words of the scroll and to the defense of the Lantern
And when the two were gifted with a son, the knight taught him from the scroll so that he would one day be ready to defend the kingdom and the Lantern.
Alittle yeast leavens the whole lump. I just can't help worrying about the murkiness of this, especially when teaching impressionable children is involved.
Excellent book for young boys Apr 20, 2008
AS a mother of 3 boys ages 2.5- 5 years old this is great book. They consistenly ask for it to be read at least twice a day. Filled with knights, dragons and a king, this keeps their interest yet gives them clear idea that being virtuous is that which should be rewarded. Great book, highly reccommend. My boys are always trying to be the squire who brings the bad dragon down.
WOW what a great surprise! Feb 27, 2008
I bought this online hoping that it was well written and had a good point. What a pleasant surprise, it is wonderful! I love how it the book progresses without feeling like something has been left out. The Squire is tempted but yields to the scroll (God's Word), since we are scripture training from Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman, it shows how God's Word can and will help you keep your focus on what is important. What a gem!