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The Princess and the Kiss: A Story of God's Gift of Purity Hardcover – July 8, 2000

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Jennie Bishop is a writer and speaker with a real passion for the ideals of purity and family. She is also the founder of PurityWorks, an international organization that specializes in lifetime purity training. Jennie lives in Florida with her husband, Randy, and two daughters.

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Long ago, in a wonderful castle on a mountain of splendor, a beautiful princess was born. Her parents were the king and queen of the mountain and all the green valley below.

The king and queen loved the little princess even before she was born. On the day she came into the world, the royal couple gave their daughter a very special gift from God - her first kiss. While the princess was growing up, the king and queen kept this precious gift safe in their care.

When the princess was finally grown, the king and queen called her to their side.

"We have something very special to give you," said the queen.

Up, up, up the royal family went to a secret room in a tower of the castle. On an elegant table in the center of the room was the same gift given to the princess long ago ... the kiss.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Press; 1 edition (July 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871628686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871628688
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 11 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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141 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on December 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is just amazing! It is beautifully done - the illustrations are wonderful, the writing is excellent, and the story is done in such a way as to really touch you - heart and soul. We use this book to teach both our daughters and son about purity and its importance. This book presents this issue in a way that small children can understand and it builds a foundation that will be very easy for us to expand upon as they mature.

What a gift this book is in a culture where we are surrounded and overwhelmed by the most impure of things! We are teaching our children to disdain the cultural messages that surround them [and at this tender age, we protect them from those messages and images to the extent we possibly can]. We are teaching our children to follow God - the only thing that really matters.

The Princess and the Kiss is a precious book - a story of the real value of purity [for both girls AND boys], told in such a way that it still brings tears to my eyes every time I read it - even after dozens and dozens of readings!

This book has become our standard gift for Christmas and Birthdays for all the precious little girls and boys we know and love - and every single one that has recieved this book has *adored* it and their parents were very grateful. You can't go wrong with this one!
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Mom Who Reads A Lot on January 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My 6 year old daughter loves princess stories. I hesitate reading them to her because the message portrayed is that you need to be beautiful and marry a handsome, wealthy, charming prince in order to live happily ever after.

This book is a refreshingly stark contrast in that it discusses the importance of waiting to "give away your kiss" and to give it away in marriage only after you have carefully screened your potential mate's character.

I really love how this book portrays typical suitors that have the potential to sweep any young girl off her feet. The rich suitor, the charming suitor, the physically attractive and strong suitor, and the romantic suitor all are rejected by the young princess. The one who is chosen is the one who admires her character and who also has a servant's heart.

This book combined with the True Princess book (which focuses on the character of the princess) are excellent in combating the belief that you need to be physically beautiful and marry a wealthy, strong, handsome, charming prince in order to be happy.
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195 of 219 people found the following review helpful By S. Brewer on January 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was recommended to me by a couple of lady friends whom I deeply love and respect so I was very sad to see how far short it fell of expectations.

The story, intended for girls age 4-8, is typical of children's fairy tale direct toward girls. It begins with the birth of the beautiful baby princess to the good King and Queen. In their love they gave her a special gift from God, her first kiss. When the princess comes of age, the King and Queen tell her about this special gift that she can give to any man she chooses. They warn her to be careful who she chooses and to save it for the man she marries. After she turns down several unsuitable :-) suitors, caricatures of men of poor character, she is is visited by a humble farm boy who has nothing to give but his own special kiss which he has saved for her.

I will say that the story contains a nice idea of a man and woman saving their special "gifts" for one another. While the purpose of the story is a good one, it falls short of encouraging girls to respect and cherish their purity and paints a mildly insulting picture of girls altogether.

The first mistake was the use of "Kiss" as a metaphor for purity. A kiss is not metaphorical enough, in this context, and can easily be taken literally. Even if you explain that the book is talking about purity, it can impress upon a little girl a legalistic, puritanical fear that if she kisses a boy she has lost her purity.

Secondly, the suitors are poor and overly simplified representations of real men the reader may encounter one day. We do a disservice to our children when we teach them that bad men look bad all the time and good men look good. Good husbands are sometimes (often!) strong, romantic, and rich and bad husbands often appear humble.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Dear Parent!
HOW RARE!!!
We looked near and far for a book like this!
Christian parents are deeply concerned with raising their daughters to be pure for marriage. Where on earth can you find books or movies to help reinforce these beautiful ideals that the Lord has given us? How do you raise your precious daughter to be a Proverbs 31 woman... a virtuous woman?
This book was one of two we finally found. It focussed on the ages 3 to 12. Nice age range! Our girl is 9. How do you talk about sex without actually dealing with the complex things they are not ready for yet? A book like this gets to the -root- now... you deal with the nitty gritty later when they are better prepared to deal with it. The words used are not sexual in any form in this book.
We also recommend:
- The True Princess by A. Hunt
- Items from "Pearables" website. (also for boys!)
- Items from "Doorposts" website. (also for boys!)
- "Christian-courtship" website. (If your girl is older!)
Enjoy! And happy hunting for products that instill healthy modesty, christian etiquette, honor and such!!!
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