Book Review: “Stay in the Castle” (Pastor Jerry Ross)
I love this little book! With it being only about 24 pages long, it’s a rather quick read. However, the message contained within is essential for single people to know.
“Stay In The Castle” is a true story, written by the Pastor who dealt first-hand with the teenager bus-kid this booklet is about.
Lidia wanted to do what was right, but she also wanted to find love, even if that meant dating outside of her faith. Concerned, her bus captain visited her one afternoon and lectured her on the dangers of dating someone who is not a Christian. She didn’t really respond well to that visit, so Mr. Ross went home that evening and prayed, fasted, and begged God to show him a way to get through to Lidia. God answered his prayer about a week later, and he once again visited Lidia at her apartment. Mr. Ross told her a story about a Princess who longed to go outside the castle and enjoy the pleasures of the world instead of staying inside the castle and preparing for the future the King had planned out for her. The Princess’s heart grew restless and she began to sneak outside the castle walls in the evenings. Eventually, she fell in love with one of the village boys – and in the end, she gave up everything she had within the castle to become a commoner. A year after her imprudent marriage, the future she could have had made an appearance in the distance. She was now forced to live with the choices she had made, and the regrets she now had.
If you’re single, have children who are teenagers, or work in a youth group, I encourage you to share this story with them. Buy them each a copy of this book. I believe it will impact their life. Perhaps it will even cause them to commit to staying in the Castle.