Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Donkey Who Carried A King by R.C. Sproul

Recommendation:  ***** (5-stars)

Just in time for for Easter, Grandfather and theologian R.C. Sproul writes a children's story that captures the meaning of the cross in a simplistic yet profound manner. Your children will so enjoy this story, and will come away with a better understanding of Jesus, the Suffering Servant.

The grandfather in R.C. Sproul loves to tell stories that teach lessons and this book opens with young Reilly struggling at school with being picked last for games. His grandfather tells him the story of Davey the donkey and Reilly comes away with a valuable lesson. Davey the donkey was never picked for anything either, until one day he was chosen to carry the King. As he carried the King through the city, people were singing and shouting "Hosanna to the King." It made Davey feel special that he was chosen for this task. Davey became proud and was unhappy when his master put him to work carrying unimportant things like olives. Davey became very grumpy, until one day He saw the King that he had carried, carrying a heavy beam of wood.  He was confused about why a king should have to do this until Barnabas, a wiser, older donkey explained to Davey that the King was Jesus and the beam of wood was the cross on which Jesus would be crucified. Davey began to understand what it means to be a servant and if Jesus, a King, could serve others by dying for them, then he could certainly serve his master as well.  The books ends by telling the rest of the Easter story - that Jesus not only died as a servant but that He rose again and is now in heaven with God the Father.

Positives: The story is engaging and pertinent to children. It contains gospel and scripture elements that will help your child connect the Bible with their everyday experiences. As always, Sproul has provided some discussion questions and Scripture passages in the back of the book as a resource for parents to futher discussion and understanding of the story and the Bible. The artwork is exquisite as well.

Negatives: None

Talking Points: Use the questions and Scripture passages given in the back of the book. Be sure to read the Scripture passages with your child and review the Bible stories (Jesus' Triumphal Entry in Mark 11) so that your child understands they are true stories. There are so many truths taught in this book, your child will want to read it over and over and can continue to learn new truths each time as you continue to point him/her to the Scriptures.

Age Level: 3-8 years of age

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