a review of Elisabeth Elliot's Passion and Purity, reminding moms of a message that is truly critical when it comes to issues of womanhood and how we should teach our daughters.
Today I thought it would be good to recommend the book "The Princess and the Kiss," by Jennie Bishop.
It is a fairy tale that shoots an arrow straight into the heart of children's questions about their purpose and their bodies... teaching that purity is the most special and beloved gift we are given and can give, if we are called, to another.
Without being placating or overly dramatic (or weird... you know how books about purity can be weird??) it succeeds at weaving wonder into the mind of the reader when we meditate on what a special thing we have and are.
Although it is written by a protestant and Vision Forumer, it does NOT contain the message that our purity is a gift for our future husband. Rather, it contains the message that our purity is God's gift to US and ours to give away as we choose, with wisdom, or to keep, if we are so called.
The book contains many beautiful illustrations which keep my kids enthralled at every reading, and is so sweet that it amazes everyone, making kids go : "WOW!" and grown-ups cry.
If you do decide to get it, perhaps you could buy an extra copy for your school's library or one of your children's friends. It just might be the best twelve bucks you can spend on your child.