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Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2013
I knew you'd come back! the prince shouted with joy. Then he pulled back to look at her. She looked so different, especially in her eyes. She looked wise and confident and peaceful, more confident and peaceful than he had ever seen her.
When a mysterious visitor arrives at the castle door with an exciting invitation, the young prince and princess must make a difficult choice. Will they stay in the Castle of Safe, where they know everyone and win all the time, or will they accept the invitation to journey out into the Land of Adventure? What happens if they leave the castle and then fail? What will their friends think? Will others stop liking them if they don't always win?
This heartwarming and exciting story, written in parable form, will inspire people of all ages to face their fear of failure and challenge themselves to find their true potential. This story teaches important life lessons, including: sometimes the best learning comes from our failures and it's your life, so don't worry about what others will think. Life is a gift and a grand adventure. Let your grand adventure begin!
Author: Jackie Matthews
Located in: University Place, WA
Submitted: October 30, 2013
Tell us a little about yourself. I love Jesus Christ, I love my family and I love being a teacher, conference speaker and author. I taught gifted elementary students for many years and, most recently, have coached some amazing high school students. Prior to that, I was a home school mom of 4. I am passionate about helping people discover and develop their gifts and talents in order to bring glory to God.
What was your motivation behind this project? The fear of failure is a big stumbling block for kids. Every teacher conference I attend, at least one seminar addresses the issue, "How do we get students to "embrace the struggle". I have been heartbroken to watch gifted young people shy away from trying new things or developing their talent because they were afraid they would fail. They miss out on discovering their full potential and, consequently, we all miss out because their unique talents are not developed and used.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I want to help young people reframe what they consider "failure" and embrace the value of struggle and persistence. I want to help parents, teachers and young people begin conversations that help kids overcome the paralysis of fear and be willing to step out in faith as God calls, just like the brave princess does in the book. The biblical truths in this book are numerous. God wants us to use the talents He has given us. He will send His Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us; and, as we step out in faith, we bring glory and honor to Him because He is The King of Kings!
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I have been so excited to see the positive impact this story has had on students of all ages. I asked my high school students to read it. Our valedictorian said she identified with the prince who was afraid to leave the Castle of Safe; she had talked herself out of trying out for her college choir before she even got to campus! But, after reading the book, she gained a new perspective and decided to try out. Yes!! My high school students performed the book as a play for middle school students and they began talking about their fears and how this story helped them rethink the definition of failure. Many young people think that if they didn't succeed the first time they try something, they have failed and they give up. But the story teaches that, if you learned something along the way or helped someone else, you didn't fail. Our faith and our character grows as we trust God by leaving the Castle of Safe and stepping out in faith. This book has encouraged me to step out and try new things too: I have signed up for a 1/2 marathon and I am contacting book stores to see if they would be willing to do book signing events...2 things that are very much outside my comfort zone!
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The Lord and His Word. This book has so many biblical truths in it that the Lord poured into the story. I want our own children and my students to know that God is the gift giver (our talents and abilities come from Him) and we are to use these gifts to bring glory and honor to Him. When we develop our gifts and use them, we experience joy and happiness because we are moving in our gifting. When we hold back and don't develop and use our gifts, we live a diminished life. I love the fact that Jesus taught often using parables because we can relate to the characters in the story and His truth is conveyed in a way that is easy to remember.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: At the request of many students and mothers who have read this book, I am now turning it into a series to help young people with issues they face every day. The next book will be called, "The Grand Adventure: Slaying the Mean Mouth Dragon." And the book after that will be about bullying- what does bullying look like, what to do if it happens to you and what you can do if it happens to somebody else. I am very open to ideas for future book topics in the series. What are issues your children are facing?
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