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Apples of Gold: A Parable of Purity    by Lisa Samson order for
Apples of Gold
by Lisa Samson
Order:  USA  Can
WaterBrook Press, 2006 (2006)
* * *   Reviewed by Melissa Parcel

Two sisters are given a special gift by the governor - a beautiful apple - and are told to protect and cherish that gift until his son, the prince, returns. The prince will judge how each has cared for the gift and he will choose the best sister to help him.

The sisters are quite different. One is plain, yet intelligent, and the other is beautiful and popular. Their individual reactions to their gift, and what they choose to do with it, are the focus of the story.

This is a short tale written for teen girls, centering on the concept of sexual purity, and told in a story form that most will readily understand. The consequences for sacrificing the purity are clearly outlined, as well as the benefits for preserving it. Lisa Samson is a gifted writer and communicates her message in a unique, yet realistic way.

This would be a great book for church youth groups or Bible studies to read and discuss. Ms. Samson also has a blog online, focusing on the book with articles and discussion points. She talks about intentional purity and decisions that all girls and women must make in their lives. Apples of Gold is a treasure and an excellent choice for young women to read.

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