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The Spyglass: A Book About Faith

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  358 ratings  ·  31 reviews
There once was a king who ruled over a darkened kingdom. Crops were planted and then failed, houses were built and then neglected, people were impoverished and dispirited. But when a traveler arrives at the crumbling palace, he shows the monarch his kingdom through the lens of an enchanted spyglass -- a spyglass that shows him his kingdom not as it is, but as it could be. ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Aladdin (first published October 1st 2000)
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Lyle Willey
The Spyglass, a Story of Faith by Richard Paul Evans

Category/genre- Picture book, easy fiction

Estimate of age of level of interest- Grade K-3

Estimate reading level
• 2.8
• Lexile Measure: NA
• Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: NA

Brief description
A wise, elderly visitor finds shelter for the night in the castle of a king who has long lost his sense of purpose and vision for greatness for his kingdom. When presented with a magic spyglass that allows him to see the possibilities of what cou
Of the four books I read in class, this one is my all time favorite. I loved the pictures, and the story line. I really love reading what Richard Paul Evans writes. I have really enjoyed the other books he wrote, and I knew this would be as equally good. I loved how the old man showed the King what his kingdom could be like. In turn, the King showed everyone in his kingdom what they could do, by looking through the spyglass.
It is an amazing story about what people can do if they just have faith
Dani Stephens
The Spyglass is not one of my favorite books though I do understand the importance of the story. It is a story of faith and the author does a great job of providing a vivid beginning and a vivid end. The beginning starts with a kingdom and a king who have nothing the kingdom has fallen apart and there is really nothing that seems to be worthy of the king maintaining the land. By the end of the story the kingdom and the land became very prosperous, all because of one stray visitor and his spyglas ...more
I am always looking for books for my children that teach good values as part of the story. I am grateful to have stumbled upon Richard Paul Evans "Virtues Collection" at the library. I found this book much more interesting reading than "The Tower", one of the other two books in the collection, and key to the success of the teaching in this book is a focus on the principle that faith without works is dead. Four and a half stars.
The Spyglass is a Virtues award winning book and geared towards younger readers, although the text is clearly written more for older readers. I assumed that this book might be added to a family collection that can be read to young readers by their parents. There was quite a bit of symbolism in the illustrations in that they all began very dark to illustrate the depression of the kingdom but then became brighter as their faith increased. The story was a basic fairy tale that told of a poor kingdo ...more
A lovely picture / children's book. Loved the oil paintings. The story is simple yet poignant.

Favorite Lines:

"Change requires work. But one must first see before doing."

"You have seen what might be," said the king. "Now make it so."

The king shook his head in disbelief. "How can this be? Faith is foolishness." "So says the fool," the old man said. "Faith is the beginning of all journeys. It is by faith that the seed is planted. It is by faith that the foundation is dug. It is by faith that eac
Kendall Brown
This book impressed me with the pictures. The book was a little long for kids and had a high vocabulary but overall the moral of the story was really good. It did tell a very good lesson that everything has beauty and that when you want something you have to work for it. I gave this book three stars for the long story and the high vocabulary.
This book had a great moral to it. The story was a little longer than the other picture books but it was totally worth it. The illustrations were well done. The story has a happy great ending. It was for sure my favorite of the other picture books.
Charles Perkins
Really good book, with a really good story. This book really makes you think about self-perception and your belief in yourself. This book would help students who have low self-esteem to believe in their own potential.
A wonderful and inspiring story that teaches children the value of perspective, had work, and faith. Complete with beautiful illustrations, this book is perfect for elementary, home libraries, and even church.
Crysta Xue
Very good lesson on goal seeking and hope when in a terrible despair.
I was a little unsure how to rate this one. This is supposed to be a children's book, but the wording and such read like a book for adults - at least in my opinion. Anyway, really great book with a wonderful message. And maybe I should give kids more credit for what they can understand. My 6-year-old daughter sat and listened to the whole thing and said she liked it when I was done. I just read the whole thing wondering if she had any clue what it was talking about. I loved it, just not sure if ...more
Melissa McLees
This book was about faith, Some people need to be reminded that we all d need faith.
Reanna Tuft
I read this to my kids and found myself skipping some of the words because they were some that even I didn't know. I was hoping this book would be an easier story to read to my children on faith but it's not. My kids are age 7 & younger so I wouldn't recommend for this age group maybe for a tween and older. The illistrations didn't even keep them entertained, I found them pretty boring myself. This book was just "ok"
I first found out about this book during a church talk from the Mission Presidents wife. It is a childrens book and the message of the story is sweet and priceless. The illustrations are amazing. My children love sitting down and reading this book. My one son loves this book so much he was searching for his own spyglass and I finally found one for him. He refers to it as his treasure. A must for every home!
Katherine Haack
Dec 28, 2014 Katherine Haack marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This is a wonderful story of faith.
This book makes you think of what life really looks like and how we preceive it. I try to look on the positive side but negatives pop in so this is a good book to think of to stay on the straight and narrow path. Even for adults.
My parents gave this to my daughter (who loves to read) for her 7th birthday. She brought it home and read it and said to me (and I quote), "Mom, this book was SO good". So there you have it!

Beautiful pictures and good message.
This is a great book with wonderful pictures. It has a good meaning to it that gets you to spot and think about the things going on in your life and how you can change it for the better
This was a quality book with quality illustrations. There was some element lacking to make it truly great and I can't put my finger on it BUT a wortwhile read that we truly enjoyed.
This is a picture book. It really is wonderful. I bought it for my elementary school library and it is well placed. If you have children, go to the library and check this out.
I read this one to my daughter as a night time story. I loved it.
It teaches the importance of keeping your faith to strive in life.
I definitely recommend this book.
This book is interesting and teaches a good lesson about faith. It is just long enough to make the point and not longer. The illustrations are gorgeous and surprisingly realistic.
Camille Robison
Nov 06, 2010 Camille Robison rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Camille by: Bishop Meyers
We read this book as a lesson in Sunday School. It has a good concept. This author writes all kinds of things, always with a positive message.
I love this book. It is such an amazing story of faith. I have used this many times as a lesson.
This book is WONDERFUL if you LOVE reading to your children....
Life gettin' ya down? Change your lens! Have faith!
Diane Adams
Beautiful story, beautiful eye catching illustrations!
A great way to teach the concept of faith.
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