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The Donkey Who Carried a King Hardcover – February 17, 2012
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About the Author
Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, based in Sanford, Florida. He also serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford and as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies. His teaching can be heard around the world on the daily radio program Renewing Your Mind. He is the author of more than seventy books, including several other children's books, such as The King Without a Shadow, The Lightlings, The Prince's Poison Cup, and The Priest with Dirty Clothes.
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In the setup, a young boy comes home distraught at being picked last for a game. His grandfather sits down with him and tells the story of Davey the donkey, who learns from his old friend Barnabas that although he was chosen to carry a great King, that didn't mean he was too good for simple roles. The King Himself humbly chose to become a willing servant, so Christians should recognize that every role is important and not seek only prominent positions. After making this point, Grandpa explains that Jesus died to save His people from their sins, bearing their punishment and erasing their guilt. He now reigns forever with His Father, and is worthy of our service.
Although the story hangs on the events of Jesus' Passion, burial and resurrection, the main part of it is entirely fictional. We know almost nothing about the real donkey on which the fictional Davey is based, except that he fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9. Davey's donkey friend Barnabus, who is supposed to have carried Jesus' mother Mary to Bethlehem, isn't actually mentioned in the Bible at all. Although the meaning of Easter is explained on the last page, the Gospel isn't the main point of the story -- rather, you might say the main point depends on an understanding the Gospel. It's possible that some children reading this may be confused about the historical events of Easter. However, even children usually understand the difference between real animals and anthropomorphized ones.
Although I'm usually uncomfortable with embellished Bible stories, if anybody can pull it off without getting into theological trouble it's R.C. Sproul. This book is well-written, interesting and engaging, and attractively illustrated. It has a biblical message, and although its message isn't central to the Easter observance, it could make a good addition to an Easter reading basket.
Well intentioned people try to write books for children all the time but it takes actual skill to do it well. This book is dull and the story would be more interesting if it was simply about the donkey who carried Jesus and not about a little boy who somehow is supposed to understand that if Jesus came to be a servant then he can be okay with being chosen last by his friends.