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Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Review: The Donkey Who Carried a King by R. C. Sproul

It was my pleasure to review this adorable children's book.  It starts out with Reilly, a little boy who is sad because the other children pick him last for sports.  His grandfather decides to share with him the story of Davey the Donkey, who carried Jesus on Palm Sunday. 

I admit I get skittish about kids being taught Bible stories with extra details that aren't in the Bible itself.  I get concerned they might remember "Davey" or other details as "gospel truth" and therefore have a wrong impression of Biblical Truth. However, I think that the way that Sproul introduces this as a story told by Reilly's grandfather combined with the "Understanding the Story" section in the back of the book help alleviate those concerns.  I thought it was really cool that not only did the story talk about Davey's experiences with Jesus, we also heard a couple stories of "famous donkeys in history" like the donkey which talked to Baalam and the donkey which carried Mary and witnessed our Lord's birth.

The message of the story is about gratitude and contentment, especially in light of Christ's love and sacrifice for us. It encourages children and readers of all ages to have a willing, serving heart.  My favorite part is actually the illustrations. I love Davey and think your kids will too; he's so cute! I definitely recommend this book to add to your child’s library.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchanged for my unbiased review.

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