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.
The Parable of the Lily: Special 10th Anniversary Editionby Liz Curtis Higgs
Maggie, the farmer's youngest daughter, loves getting gifts, especially mysterious ones. One wintry day, she receives a package in the mail. She excitedly opens the package to find a bulb buried in a crate of dirt. This was not what Maggie expected. She had hoped for a doll or a game, not a bulb that would one day become a plant. When spring comes, she finds the
Maggie, the farmer's youngest daughter, loves getting gifts, especially mysterious ones. One wintry day, she receives a package in the mail. She excitedly opens the package to find a bulb buried in a crate of dirt. This was not what Maggie expected. She had hoped for a doll or a game, not a bulb that would one day become a plant. When spring comes, she finds the bulb in the cellar and tosses the lifeless thing into the garden, never to think of it again. . . . Until she walks outside on Easter morning and finds the most beautiful lily she has ever seen. Through the unique gift of a bulb, Maggie discovers the power of grace and forgiveness and the true meaning of Easter.
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This book is the perfect read for the Easter season and also a lovely gift to tuck inside your child's Easter basket. The story centres around a little girl named Maggie, a farmer's daughter, who receives a gift in the mail from her father that she is not too fond of (she would have rather received a doll or a toy). It appears to be an old box of dirt with some instructions for gardening attached to it. Who in the world would want that old thing? She puts the unwanted gift in the basement and forgets all about it all winter long and then in the spring she runs across it again. She tosses it out the cellar door and it lands in the family garden. Unknown to her the box of dirt contained a bulb, and that bulb now nestles in the ground. After some rain and sun and nourishment from the soil, low and behold a beautiful Easter lily appears and starts to bloom. Maggie is overjoyed with the miracle of such a beautiful flower rising from what she had considered a worthless pile of old dirt. Higg's simple tale is interspersed with short Bible passages that parallel the life of Jesus all through the book. The illustrations add so much to the text and the expression are amazing. The reader takes away the message that new life begins with Easter (Christ's resurrection). It is a beautiful message allowing you to reflect on God's sovereign love and His promises for our lives. The book shows us that a simple humble gift (Jesus, God's son) can blossom into a beautiful promise of hope and a security and ensure a blessed future for everyone, should they decide to accept it.