After the phenomenon of The Princess and the Kiss (over a half-million copies sold to date), Jennie Bishop wascatapulted into a speaking and teaching effort to bring the message of redemptive purity to children and parents alike. Jennie found herself developing a teaching method she called Planned Purity that steered clear of the traditional teen purity model and moved towards the broader goal of teaching purity heart-to-body, cradle-to-grave. Both The Princess and the Kiss and The Squire and the Scroll (for boys) are key resources in these training materials.
PurityWorks was formed as a not-for-profit corporation that presented Jennie and her Planned Purity materials.
“Planned Purity is based on the fact that purity starts with the heart,” she says. “Once the heart is in order the body can follow. But without the heart being engaged, why would someone pursue purity?
“Traditional purity training focused on teens, but with the epidemic of destructive material available through technology, many parents recognized an urgent need to do something preparatory in the formative years."
“Children who know how to use their five senses to guard their hearts can recognize the ways culture, media and technology may ruin them and choose more positive input. Parents can easily empower kids to do so when they teach intentionally.”
“That’s what the children’s books, resources and training systems do. They give parents a program for teaching children UP TO the teen years, without spoiling innocence, allowing them to introduce issues of sexual purity as they feel their children are ready.”
The Princess and The Kiss (for girls) and The Squire and the Scroll(for boys) were followed by companion Life Lessons devotional books for parents and children. Many churches and families now host small groups for moms and daughters or fathers and sons that end in a rite of passage ceremony, included in the Life Lessons books.