R. C. Sproul has written a number of children’s books in recent years (The Prince’s Poisoned Cup, The Lightlings, The Barber Who Wanted to Pray, The King Without a Shadow, The Priest with Dirty Clothes). Sproul’s most recent children’s book is titled The Donkey Who Carried a King.
The book opens and closes with a young boy who was picked last when playing a game with his friends. His grandfather replies by telling him the story of the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem.
The story itself is quite good. Sproul does a good job presenting several important biblical scenes from a unique perspective. I especially liked his parents guide at the end in which give good discussion questions and appropriate Bible verses. The book also includes a brief gospel presentation incorporated in the story.
Unfortunately, the scene Sproul selects as the occasion for the telling of this story seems a bit cliched and forced. The opening relies heavily on dialogue, and the book could have been better opened with much more action. The grandfather and child could have been doing something that mirrored the storyline and then arrived at some complication that the story could resolve.
Despite this flaw, the book is beautifully illustrated and has good content overall. The book would be appropriate for family devotions with small children, and it’s parent’s guide will be helpful in that regard. The book would also be an excellent gift for churches to give to unsaved families as it contains a clear gospel presentation.
[In the interest of full disclosure, I received a free review copy of this book from Reformation Trust.]