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Apples of Gold: A Parable of Purity [Hardcover]

By Lisa Samson (Author)
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In a long-ago land, two young women are asked to protect and care for a special gift until the return of the prince. Upon his return, both sisters will be surprised by what the prince wants to offer the one who best cherishes the gift in this parable about the beauty of sexual purity and the prize that awaits those who are committed to the keeping of such a gift.

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""Once upon a time, many years ago, when true love walked hand in hand with kisses and promises, and decisions were made to last forever, two girls received a summons to appear before the governor...."
So begins the story of two sisters in a long-ago land who are presented with a precious gift. The governor wants the young women to protect and care for this gift until the return of his son, the prince of the land. Upon the prince's return, one sister will be chosen to serve the prince according to how the gift was cared for-and both sisters will be surprised by what the prince wants to offer the one who best cherishes the gift.
The young women have dreams of being happy and loved. But how they see the gift-and themselves-will determine how that gift is treasured and what will remain of their dreams.
Apples of Gold "is a powerful parable about the beauty of sexual purity and the prize that awaits those who are committed to the keeping of such a gift.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   104
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.46" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2006
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1400070937  
ISBN13  9781400070930  

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More About Lisa Samson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lisa Samsonis the author of more than a dozen novels, including the Christy Award-winning Songbird, the critically acclaimed"Women s Intuition"and"Tiger Lillie."Her other titles include"The Church Ladies"and"The Living End."Lisa also serves as worship leader at her local church and volunteers as a creative writing instructor. She and her husband live with their three children in Maryland."

Lisa Samson currently resides in the state of Virginia. Lisa Samson was born in 1964.

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Self Worth is nothing without SELF.  Sep 5, 2006
I have difficulties with this parable about virginity. As another reviewer pointed out the two sisters conform to the current culture stereotype of one outwardly beautiful, but inwardly plain and foolish and the other being outwardly plain but inwardly favored and wise. The fair sister is constantly rewarded with attention and praise, which turns her head and causes her to de-value the apple of purity trusted into her care. She neglects it, and shares it with those who wish to admire its beauty and perfection and is of course found unworthy. The neglected, overlooked, plain sister; being responsible and favored by her parents, hides away her apple save to polish it, keeps it safe and by enhancing the perfection of her purity, is rewarded by marriage to the handsome "Prince".

The flaw in the story is the same flaw I've seen in these parables since I was a young girl. The girls' apples are NOT their own, and they are not keeping them for their benefit. They are holding them in trust for the young man. The gains for their perfect for condition is his, and how he chooses to reward them for it. The male character is judge of the girls' worthiness, not themselves. How does this enhance their self-worth and self-esteem? Liza gets satisfaction of knowing that she was responsible and therefore earned the reward of marriage; and simply regards her sister as "having made her own choice", rather than seeing his love as conditional to the state of her 'apple' rather than the state of her heart, mind and soul. IF the apple had been her own, and she choose to find him worthy to share it with, or decided that his test for a wife was contrived and shamed her sister needlessly and refused him, to keep her purity for her OWN, then I could have respect for it.

As it is, this story still follows traditional party line, pretty girls get tempted and will probably give in. Plain girls won't attract attention and are more likely to be responsible, and it is the man's opinion who holds the most weight.

No, this book will not be given to my neices.
charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting  Aug 27, 2006
Thanks Lisa, for another tool for me to use to talk to my daughters about self worth and purity! It's a great message that underscores Biblical values of wisdom, humility, and being faithful with God's gifts. It's the polar opposite of the message most often sent to our young women in today's society.

As with most parables, the characters are a bit exaggerated - the beautiful, vain, shallow, careless Kate and the plain, wise, thoughtful and careful Liza - but the exaggerations are the tools with which the author makes her point.

I also loved the illustrations, and the letters to the reader at the end of the book. The author's heart for teen girls is evident, and it's yet another reason why there's shelf just for Lisa Samson books on my bookshelf.
A beautiful analogy RUINED by hurtful stereotypes  Aug 25, 2006
What a beautiful, godly message of self-respect for young women. The analogy of two identical apples entrusted to two sisters to be kept for the rightful owner should have encouraged girls to resist sex before marriage and guard themselves for the wonderful man that God has for them. Instead it smacks of nighttime drama - sort of like an episode of "Dynasty."

One apple was overexposed, handled and caused to rot due to a careless bite taken by a man for whom the apple was not intended and did not belong. The other apple was wisely hidden and protected so it stayed fresh and lovely.

With a stunning lack of sensitivity, the sister who is blonde, beautiful, fun-loving, and cheerful, must also be the self-centered, vain fool who lacks good judgement and integrity. It follows that her apple rots. As totally expected, the plain sister must have dark hair, be serious by nature and favored by her parents. She has the misfortune of being overlooked and undervalued. But, stereotypically, her shining character makes up for her lack of beauty and vivaciousness. Although she lacks charm and confidence, her care of the apple wins her the marriage proposal of the handsome, manly and discerning prince.

She is chosen - not for being attractive in her own right, but for her sterling character. The blonde, pretty, but unworthy sister flees the scene in tears. Although full of remorse for her mistakes, she is out of luck. She is only mentioned again for having the ability to overcome her jealousy of her sister's good fortune.

Why is it necessary to equate beauty with badness and uglyness with goodness? Why did they have to be sisters? The contrast only makes God look unjust to both and unforgiving of the "loser."

Why will my daugters never read this book? You guessed it. Their looks and personality mirror the sisters in this fairytale.

Does that make one foolish and other wise? Of course not. I am tired of the same old yarn about the pretty blonde only being valued for her looks, (because it stands to reason that she stinks inside). I am even more sickened by the assumption that the "plain" girl is destined to live in the shadow of her sister, fighting despair and hopelessness because her only value is her good heart.

Isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder, anyway? Why confirm the Hollywood perversion of beauty? It is detrimental to the self-esteem of both girls.

I will find another way to honor the attributes of my daughters without comparing them to one another. This story, in effect, illustrates that they are both, for differing reasons, inferior to each other. In addition they are each, at least partly, undesirable to their future husbands. (Neither one is the whole package - pursued for having godly character and God-given sex appeal.)

I love all of Lisa's novels. Needless to say, I am furious that I wasted my hopes and money on this one. This storybook won't even be donated to the library. I have already slipped into the trash.

fantastic fairy tale with a strong message  Aug 19, 2006
Kind hearted island Governor St. Juste summons the two Carpenter sisters, just turned seventeen Kate and almost eighteen Liza. Just his calling for them terrorize the siblings who cannot understand what they did wrong even as they rationalize that the governor owes his life to their father. Still he is their benevolent ruler so they heed his beckoning.

He explains that his eldest son Claude is coming home after a tour with the Royal Navy. He gives each girl a red apple that they are to protect before giving it to Claude. The one who keeps the apple properly will stay in Claude's home. Who will pass the test depends on how each sees the importance of cherishing and nurturing the apple but neither understands the hidden agenda well beyond keeping house for an aristocrat.

Those who push abstinence down teen throats expecting sheepish obedience need to take a close look at the low keyed parable APPLES OF GOLD; a fantastic fairy tale that emphasizes sexual wholesomeness is a reasonable choice. Liza is a terrific character struggling with the possibilities of intimacy that her sister seems to enjoy, but believing as difficult as it seems she feels not ready and sticks to her convictions. Though simplistic, this "parable of purity" is a well written message targeting young teens as sexual pressures to do it bombard her from every angle as NPR recently reported with even young children's TV shows.

Harriet Klausner
Fairy tale tells of importance of purity: good message, well told  Aug 16, 2006
Apples of Gold: A Parable of Purity by Lisa Samson is a beautiful book about the importance of young women holding on to their virginity. It's a tough topic to handle, and Samson does a terrific job of writing a fairy tale that shows that lesson well without talking down to her audience. Two sisters, Liza and Kate, are given the responsibility of taking care of some apples for the Governor of their small island. They are to care for the apples for one week and then give them to the Governor's son when he returns to the island. The ending of the book is never really in doubt, but even in this straightforward tale, Samson does a great job of getting inside of the characters' heads. The illustrations are simple, yet lovely black and white drawings. The best part about the book is that after my daughter and I read it, we started talking about the issue of purity and what the Lord expects from us. The conversation didn't last long, but now that we've had the first one, the second and third will be much easier.

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