The Parable Treasury (by Liz Curtis Higgs) is a compilation of 4 full-length books, one for each season of the year.
In each story, we’re given a life lesson, using examples from the changing seasons.
- The Parable of the Lily tells a story of Easter forgiveness.
- The Sunflower Parable uses harvest time to talk about how we can share God’s love with others.
- The Pumpkin Patch Parable shows how God can make us new from the inside out.
- Pine Tree Parable (which is my favorite) is a story about generosity.
Each of the stories includes verses of Scripture at the bottom, connecting each part of the story to a Scripture verse. While some of the verses work, others are a stretch. I get nervous about using Scripture in this way– pulling it out of context and relating it to something that is completely unrelated. For example, in the Pine Tree Parable, the text on the page says, “The next holiday season brought more neighbors to the farm. The perfect tree was taller than ever.” The Scripture at the bottom? “So the tree was taller than all the other trees in the field. Ezekiel 31:5” Do you know what happens just 5 verses later of that chapter? The wicked tree gets handed over to the enemies for its wickedness and pride, and the foreign nations cuts it down. Whoops! Pretty sure the editors should have thought that one through a little better. 🙂
Some may argue that these kinds of things won’t really matter. But I disagree. I think these types of elements of books teach kids to use the Scriptures to support what they want to support instead of looking at the true meaning of the passages. If our kids see this type of thing enough times, they may start thinking that by slapping a verse onto something, regardless of what it really means, will add God’s magic fairy dust to their lives. I want something much more for them than that.
Higgs has a gentle way of sharing wholesome stories that children who are interested in nature can relate to. While I really love the Pine Tree Parable story, I’m not as big of a fan as the other stories. They’re certainly winsome, but a little to wrapped up in a bow for my tastes.
Overall, I would not recommend this book. There are plenty of other good children’s books out there that don’t proof text with Scripture!
I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.