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The Parable Of The Lily Board Book Board book – February 26, 2002

Book 3 of 4 in the Parable(Higgs) Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 26, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140030010X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400300105
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,485,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Liz Curtis Higgs is an award-winning speaker as well as the author of twenty-eight books, including Bad Girls of the Bible and Thorn in My Heart.  Her Parable Series for children has been awarded the ECPA Gold Medallion for Excellence. 

Customer Reviews

Great parallel to the Easter story!
Corgie
I love the way this story is written, and how fun it was to read with my kiddos.
MomBlogger
My grand daughter loved this book and it teaches good morals in a positive way.
V. Lilga

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book tells a story of a girl (who represents humanity) who is given a gift of a lily bulb (who represents Jesus) by a "secret" friend, who turns out to be her father (representing God the Father). The girl is disappointed in the gift, and eventually tosses it outside, never thinking of it again. But she wakes up one morning to find that it has bloomed despite her neglect. She also learns her father is the one who secretly gave her the gift, and she apologizes for ignoring his gift. "Will you forgive me" she askes. He replies, "Oh, my child, That's what Easter is all about." Bible verses in small print at the bottom of the pages tie the story to the Bible (when the girl receives the gift she is disappointed, as it appears to be just dirt -- the corresponding verse is "There was nothing in his appearance to make us desire him; when the girl tosses the bulb out, the verse is Isaiah 53:3: He was hated and rejected by people...People would not even look at him.") The Bible verses are in a child-friendly translation, which is wonderful. This is very creative, simple, yet incredibly meaningful, as are all of Liz Curtis Higgs' books. The artwork is colorful, simple, and comforting.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Karen N. Price on May 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I would highly recommend this book . It was a joy to read it to my 4 year old. The bible verses are wonderful. My Husband and I were both impressed with it's creativity in explaining what Christ did for us at Easter. The little girl in the story represents us, lost and unsaved, her father is our Holy Father, the forgotton bulb she throws away is Christ, which comes back to life. Refering to the store of the Lily, my little girl said, "Mommy thats' just like Jesus"! It made me feel so good that she understands. Get it for you little one and God Bless.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By kjj mom on April 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like the other parable books by Liz Curtis Higgs, this is a wonderful story for children that has a lesson to it. Maggie learns the lesson of forgiveness and the true story of Easter. It is a book that will surely bring a tear to the eye of a mother reading it to her child. I recommend it highly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine M. Irvin on December 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There are many books about Easter to choose from. The Parable of the Lily, written by Liz Curtis Higgs and illustrated by Nancy Munger, is a lively, engaging story about a girl named Maggie who receives a mysterious gift shortly after Christmas. It looks like just a box of dirt to her. Not understanding what it really is, she puts the box in the cellar with the other gardening items. When the weather gets warmer, and her father is working in the garden, Maggie knocks the box off from the cellar shelf in her haste to get her gardening tools. She spills the dirt, and a flower bulb that was buried in the dirt, onto the floor. When she cleans the mess up, she tosses dirt and all outside into the yard. Several weeks later, when she wakes up on Easter morning, she finds out how special the gift really is. A beautiful Easter lily is blooming in her garden.

Although The Parable of the Lily isn't about Jesus' death and resurrection, there are Bible verses interspersed throughout the text that connect what's happening in the story to life of Jesus. The bright, colorful illustrations help convey the story line.

What I like: I liked the whole book. The story was written well and the illustrations helped enhance the story line.

What I dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 3 - 7.

Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mrsinserra on February 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Parable of the Lily is a wonderful children's book. It would be perfect to read to children on Easter evening before bed. It would also be a great story to read at a children's chapel, the priest or pastor could follow it up with a little sermon, or in Sunday school. I love a Christian children's book, there are not that many good ones out there. This book is also nice because it has appropriate bible verses on the bottom of the pages.

The book has beautiful pictures that will keep any child's attention. There are many things you can point out in the pictures to make the story come alive to kids you are reading it to. It would be appropriate for pre-school- probably 3rd or 4th grade. It really depends on the child. Even though younger children may not get the deeper meaning, you could still ask them something like, was there ever a time you received a gift that you were not happy with? What did you do with it? How do you think it made the person who gave it to you feel that you did not like their gift?

I received this book as an ARC. I am not paid to review books, I do so to help parents and other adults get an idea of would be a good book for their child.

Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By in wonder on March 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
see also
The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs '
These are adorably illustrated "teachable moment" books.

The Parable of the Lily is a Grace-filled message of hope and forgiveness

"so much beauty from such an ugly box of dirt"

"Thanks be to God
for His gift
that is too wonderful to explain."
2 Corinthians 9:15
The Parable of the Lily begins with a mysterious gift on a gray, wintry day and ends one spring morning with a happy discovery. Disappointment turns to joy for the farmer's young daughter as her father's gift helps her understand the true meaning of Easter.
*ages 1-5
*Teaches kids the true meaning of Easter
*Best-selling series with over one million sold*Timeless story about God's grace
*Oversized board book format makes
this easy for parent and child to enjoy together
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More About the Author

Imagine a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book: that's The Women of Christmas. the latest release from Liz Curtis Higgs. Verse by verse, Liz unpacks the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.

Liz admits, "My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!"

In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books and videos, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous--and intriguing--women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God's grace anew.

And, in The Girl's Still Got It, Liz offers a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey.

Liz's award-winning historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Ruth, and Naomi to eighteenth-century Scotland, also invite readers to view these familiar biblical characters in a new light.

According to Publishers Weekly, "Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity." To that end, Liz has traveled sixteen times to Scotland, the setting for her novels, and has filled her shelves with nearly one thousand resource books about Scottish history and culture.

Also a gifted professional speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. When the National Speakers Association honored her with the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, Liz became one of only 35 women in the world named to their CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads.

"I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I'm not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research--the more books, the merrier. I'm a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land."

Visit Liz's Web site: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com

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