The Donkey Who Carried a King by RC Sproul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Encounters with Jesus can affect people in so many ways. In our own day there are people that use Jesus’ teachings to as permission to hate other people, to burden people with requirements on how they should live, and some reject him either quietly or sometimes loudly. Even when Jesus walked on the earth people felt much the same way as they came for healing, for blessing, or to curse and eventually plot to kill him.
RC Sproul tells a story of Davey, a little donkey who had a unique encounter with Jesus. Even though he was passed by for other important jobs, Davey was picked to be the one for Jesus to ride into Jerusalem as king on Palm Sunday. On going back home, however, Davey decided that he did not need to do his regular work because he was special enough to carry a king.
This book presents a simple, yet challenging story of the life of the Christian. Even though we have been chosen for salvation, we have also been given work to do, and any work assigned by the king is kingly work and should be done in his honor. Davey learns this valuable lesson by witnessing the life of Jesus firsthand and we can learn from his experience and by the witness of the Bible:
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
With warm and vibrant pictures, Sproul tells Davey’s story that intersects with Christ’s during Holy Week, but it is not overtly an Easter story. Share this book with your children any time of the year to help them learn the value of their everyday lives in service to God who loves them enough to send his Son to take their place.
Note: a copy of this book was provided by the publisher for review. No obligation was given to give the book a positive review; all views expressed are my own and not influenced by the publisher.
The Priest with Dirty Clothes by R.C. Sproul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What subject would think to show up in the court of a king in filth? That is just the mistake that a newly ordained priest named Jonathan has no choice, but to make. You see, as he travels to preach a sermon in the castle he falls from his horse and right into the mud. Poor Jonathan tries to get new clothes and to have his cleaned, but alas it is no use. He must face the king and hope that he will be shown mercy, knowing that his very life is at stake.
Based on the vision of the High Priest in Zechariah 3:1-5, RC Sproul tells this engaging story to illustrate how not only did Christ give himself to pay for our sins, but that because of his death and resurrection we also inherit his righteousness as our own. Clothed in his robes, our heavenly Father accepts us as his own children, counting no sin against us and recording Christ’s good work as our own.
With soft and colorful illustrations by Justin Gerard, The Priest with Dirty Clothes teaches children and adults alike the beauty of Christ’s work and the assurance that we can stand before the throne of God with no fear.
At one point in the story Jonathan is urged to ask the bishop for another set of clothes because his cannot be washed. In such simple terms, Sproul teaches that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not a message of second chances, in fact we are given none. God is just in his condemnation of all sin and sinners alike. Yet the gracious mercy of our Lord Jesus means that we have freely been given not a new start, but a new life that has already been lived by Christ himself.
As with Sproul’s other children’s books, this one is sure to be a treasure to you and to your child as you continue to grow in the knowledge of our Savior.
[A copy of this book was provided by the publisher as compensation for this review. However, reviews are not required to be positive; my opinions are fully expressed in my reviews.]
The Lightlings by R.C. Sproul
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Having recently become a father, I have been eager to find books that will help teach the truth of the gospel to my son in ways that he would find interesting and simple enough to understand.
That is why I was very excited to discover that RC Sproul has written a number of such books. The Lightlings tells the story of small pixie-like creatures who are created to bear the King’s light, but who are afraid of the light, run away, and eventually forget about it all together.
In this rendition, Jesus literally blazes onto the scene, but in the form of a small child. A relationship with the child gives light to those who seek him and to those with whom they share the good news.
With beautifully vibrant, full-color images that often take more than one page, this story is sure to draw the imagination of any child and point them to Jesus, the true King of Light. Included at the end of the story is a helpful guide to discuss the story with your child to help him or her connect the elements of the story with the life of Jesus.
[Legal: a copy of this book was received from the publisher as compensation for this review.]