I first read Apples of Gold: A Parable of Purity about a year ago and wanted to share more about it since my eight year old daughter read the book this week. It is a wonderful book that I believe can be read on many levels. Someone my daughter's age may take it closer to the surface and a teenager who understands the facts of life will be able to grasp it at a higher level.
Back of book says:
“Once upon a time, many years ago, true love walked hand in hand with kisses and promises, and decisions were made to last forever. In such a time, 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 committed to the keeping of such a gift.
I don't often encourage people to buy a book because I understand not having a lot of money to buy books, but this is one that I think would be a great resource to have on hand for discussions with daughters, grand-daughter's nieces, girl's youth groups and more. I plan to read it with my daughter for the next several years as she will take new wisdom from it as she matures and learns more.