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The Sleeping Rose Hardcover – September 1, 1998
1999 Silver Medallion Winner from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association -- ECPA
A charming ... story about a farmer who grows "the perfect rose" and [dreams] to become a royal master gardener. -- Family Ministries, Inc.
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Angela Hunt is the author of more than eighty titles, including the beloved THE TALE OF THREE TREES.
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A man who lives in the country with his wife and two children has this rose that blooms the first day of may every year. One year things are different. For one the King invites him to bring his rose for everyone to see and a beggar shows up in his garden. Now, this beggar is depicted as Jesus. The man shoos him away. Some time later when the man sees that the rose is not opening on time as it should he begins to think and remembers the beggar. He then feels bad, goes to find him and gives him a meal. When it comes time to see the King the rose is still closed and the man goes before the king empty handed. What do you think happens next?? You got it! The beggar, a.k.a. Jesus shows up with the rose and proclaims that the man was so good to him and here is the rose in full bloom and is the most beautiful thing anyone has ever seen.
Now, here is my problem. First it seemed to me that the man only remembered the beggar because his rose did not bloom. Second, I got the impression that the rose did not bloom because he was mean to the beggar. This is just not how things work! The gospel is not a tit for tat. In fact it is the exact opposite. Jesus loved us when we were unlovable. He saved us when we could not save ourselves. When the man finally realizes what he has done wrong and finds the beggar (I will agree this was a good thing to do) he is "rewarded" by having his rose bloom. This just does not seem like a good message either. All in all I found this story to convey a works based salvation and the illustrations to be a bit creepy as well. While the message may have been subtle I will not read it again to my children. In fact I won't even sell it in my yard sale. I threw it away! Oh' and Jesus just doesn't show up on your door step either... yes, some have entertained angels unaware but now a days they are very well disguised and do not have nail scares on their hands... again, creepy!
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