The Donkey Who Carried a King
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
Publication Date: March 16, 2012
Number of Pages: 38
Dimensions: 10.25 × 8.25 (inches)
The biblical teaching that Jesus was the Suffering Servant who carried the sins of His people when He went to the cross is vividly brought home to children in The Donkey Who Carried a King, the latest children’s book from respected theologian, author, and educator Dr. R.C. Sproul.
Davey was a young donkey who was bored and unhappy because he was never given anything to do. Then one day, some strangers came to the gate—and Davey’s master picked him for a very special task. Davey carried the King, Jesus, into Jerusalem. A few days later, Davey saw some angry people making the King carry a heavy beam of wood. Davey could not understand it—until another donkey helped him see that the King was being a Servant on behalf of His people.
The Donkey Who Carried a King offers a unique perspective on the events of Jesus’ Passion Week and calls all believers, both young and old, to follow in the footsteps of the Suffering Servant for the glory of God. Jesus was willing to leave the glories of heaven to suffer and die in this world on our behalf, so we should serve Him with all our hearts.
Dr. R.C. Sproul, the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, is known for his ability to communicate the deep truths of the Christian faith. He is chancellor of Reformation Bible College, preaches at Saint Andrew’s Chapel, and is the featured teacher on the daily radio program Renewing Your Mind. He has written more than one hundred books.
Surprisingly, my 5 year-old son could read along to the end without getting distracted at all even thought the book is not short in length. He said he liked and enjoyed the story. The message - the King who was a servant to His people - was meaningful for him who tends to love to be the centre of attention and a super hero that is glorified in his own eyes. I give 4 starts because at a few parts of the story I felt like the illustration is a bit off. On those few pages, the illustrations do not seem to depict the central idea of the text. The questions and explanations of 'For the Parents' section needed to be paraphrased heavily for my little one. My older one (9 yr) was fine as it is written.