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The Donkey That No One Could Ride Hardcover – February 1, 2012

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"The Donkey That No One Could Ride is a charming and powerful little book that every child will love! They'll see that no matter how little or weak they feel, they can grow to be more than they dream once they have met Jesus. We're giving this one to our great-grandchildren. And trust us―it will be read over and over!"
Jimmy and Carol Owens, songwriters and authors

About the Author

Anthony DeStefano is the bestselling author of the adult Christian books A Travel Guide to Heaven, Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To, Angels All Around Us, as well as the gift book I Just Can't Take It Anymore! and the children’s books This Little Prayer of Mine and The Donkey That No One Could Ride. He has received prestigious awards from religious organizations worldwide for his efforts to advance Christian beliefs in modern culture.

Richard Cowdrey is the talented and well-known illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Bad Dog, Marley! and Marley Goes to School. He has worked with such distinguished clients as Bantam Books, National Football League, and World Wildlife Federation. Desiring to honor God with his work and with his life, Richard lives in Ohio with his wife and children.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; First Edition edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736948511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736948517
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anthony DeStefano is the best-selling author of five Christian books for adults: "A Travel Guide to Heaven", "Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To", "Angels All Around Us", "I Just Can't Take it Anymore" (a photo-gift book), and "A Travel Guide to Life- Transforming Yourself from Head to Soul." Anthony has also written several bestselling children's books, including: "This Little Prayer of Mine", "Little Star", "The Donkey No One Could Ride", "A Travel Guide to Heaven for Kids", and "The Sheep that No One Could Find."

Anthony is the host of the television series, "A Travel Guide to Life", broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). He has received many awards and honors from religious communities throughout the world. In 2002, he was given an honorary Doctorate from the Joint Academic Commission of the National Clergy Council and the Methodist Episcopal Church for "the advancement of Christian beliefs in modern culture." The commission is made up of outstanding Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant theologians and educators.

Anthony is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the oldest Order in the Catholic Church. He is an avid pilot, a successful businessman, and a longtime pro-life activist.

He has appeared on many national television and radio programs, including Fox's America's Newsroom, Fox and Friends, CNN, the 700 Club, Focus on the Family Radio, and Janet Parshall's "In the Market." His books have been endorsed by Dr. James Dobson, Pastor Jack Hayford, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Renato Martino, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Regis Philbin, Quincy Jones, Delilah, Pat Boone, Mark Taylor, William Bennett, Lee Iacocca, Dr. Paul Cedar, Dr. Dick Eastman, Bernice King--daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and many others.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dad of Divas TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Anthony DeStefano uses a favorite Bible story about Jesus's ride into Jerusalem. He introduces the reader to a young donkey who felt he could not accomplish anything . He was a donkey but no one could ride him. The donkey was weak and small . He could not haul stones or pull a cart.
Finally his owner sent him away and tied him to a post. The donkey was so very sad.
One day two men took the donkey to meet Jesus. Jesus told the donkey he was about to do a great thing and the donkey had faith he could perform the task of carrying Jesus into Jerusalem.

Faith is believing in God's love for us. So renew your hopes and remember that faith can give you strength to carry on when you may not think you can continue moving forward.

This is a beautiful story in well written poetic rhyme.

Richard Cowdrey created the illustrations. The detail he shows in the faces of the characters shows their emotions. You will feel the sadness and unbridled happiness of the donkey as he changed from the beginning to the end of the book. The human characters show the same intricate details.

I feel this book would be an excellent addition to a family's library at home or a gift to your church's Sunday school classes.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Bowes VINE VOICE on March 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was recently riding my bike out in our rural neighborhood when I passed a donkey grazing in a field. Since I often pray when I ride, I began to think of the donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and since I'm a writer, I thought it would be fun to tell that story through the donkey's eyes. Imagine my surprise when I came across "The Donkey No One Could Ride" because Anthony DeStefano does just that! This tale of a young donkey who feels completely useless until he meets the Master and finds his destiny is sweet and compelling. At first, the donkey is sad and lonely because he can't do any of the tasks that donkeys are expected to do. Even when he is brought to Jesus, he continues to mope and wallow in his misery. After quietly listening to the donkey's complaints, Jesus tells him, "The weaker you are, the more strength I give. I'll be there as long as you live." This beautiful and simple lesson will enchant young children and perhaps bring a tear to the adults who read this story to them.

The illustrations are especially good. They are bright and colorful, and the donkey looks so cute that you can't help but love him. This book should be in every Christian child's Easter basket. Highly recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harmony Kiser on March 16, 2012
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This wonderful book is a great way for children to capture the miracle and majesty of Palm Sunday. Children can relate to the little donkey feeling "left out" and "not really good for anything." When he realizes what a very special plan God has for his life, he is transformed, just as children's lives will be when they realize this truth. This book will transform your and your children's Palm Sunday experiences for ever.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Leone on April 18, 2012
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At first appearance you might think it is strickly for ages 3 to 8 but my students who range in ages 10 to 14yrs loved this book! The illustrations are colorful and the story line speaks to kids and adults of all ages. I highly recommend this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By O. Snow on December 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was amazed that the author, Anthony DeStefano wrote this story based on Luke 19:28-38. "As you enter it, you will see a young donkey tied there that no one has ever ridden. Untied it and bring it here." I have read this chapter many times, but I never thought about the donkey the same way this author did. The young, weak small donkey couldn't carry anything. He was ashamed to be so useless. But miracle happened. Just like Cinderella received a beautiful dress from her Godmother, this poor donkey received the power and strength to carry Jesus on his back. How happy and proud he was. The illustrator, Richard Cowdrey, drew the donkey so perfectly, it made me cry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mymcbooks on June 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My Review: The book starts with Luke 19:28-38 about Jesus journey into Jerusalem sending two of His disciples ahead to bring Him a young donkey to ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

The Donkey That No One Could Ride tells of a young, weak and small donkey. He was so weak that he could not carry anything on his hide. When children try to ride him he wobbles and tumble and fall. He could not haul stones, carry rich men with their big bags of riches or pull a cart. He was so sad and cried all the time. Until two men appeared and untied him and took him to Jesus. When he got to where Jesus was, Jesus told him that it was his destine to carry Him into the city. The donkey couldn't believe what he was hearing. He was hopeless, his back is somewhat crooked and his legs aren't strong enough. Then Jesus said to the donkey

"My help is enough;
It's all that you need,
It's all you require in the life to succeed.
The weaker you are, the more strength I give.
I'll be there to help you as long as you live... (You will need to buy the book and read the rest).

This is a great book for the family to read together at Easter. It renews your hope and faith in God, knowing that He is always there to help you no matter what. The illustrations by Richard Cowdrey are so real with cool colors which bring this story to life. The tears from the donkey's eyes look so real. I highly recommend this book.

"Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers [...] in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
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