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The King Without a Shadow Hardcover – November 1, 2000

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About the Author

R. C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He has written more than sixty books. He is also general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, which has been published with the New King James Version and the English Standard Version. Dr. Sproul was professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale until 2004 and, before that, taught at Reformed Theological Seminary. He serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's Chapel, Sanford, Florida, and teaches on the national daily radio program Renewing Your Mind.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: P & R Publishing; First edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875527000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875527000
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dan Panetti VINE VOICE on April 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A young boy asks a very difficult question of a king - where do shadows come from? As the king explores the answer, he learns that shadows come from the existence of light and then he learns about a Great King who has no shadow since He Himself is the Light - this Great King is God Himself and this fun little story is a great and easy read for young elementary-aged students. I would think that this is a good book for parents to read with their children, though, since the concept of shadows and light is a little confusing and presents a very good opportunity for a conversation.

As I read this book, I thought of the quote by C.S. Lewis that applied, "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." This truth, that God is the center of the universe, the absolute truth, and the meaning and purpose of life, is the core of what Dr. Sproul is communicating to young readers with this book. It's great to see so many great children's books on the market today by some of the leading Christian authors and teachers of our day.
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Dr. Sproul has done it a second time with this wonderful children's work. It will help the child in all of us renew the wonder and awe of a God beyond our imagination.

In this work, Dr. Sproul attempts to describe the indescribable in order to bring us face to face with the God we cannot see. The writing is superb. The illustrations are very well done. A great addition to children's literature bound to one day become a classic.
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Me: Adult reformed christian with 2 children who likes R.C. Sproul. I was also a Children's Librarian for many years.

Given the intended audience (anyone under 12) this book is terribly written. It takes a message (the gospel) which is generally easy for children to understand, and makes it very difficult. The text is SO LONG and COMPLICATED that I could never read this to a child under the age of about 13, even by splitting it up into sessions. There is just nothing that is going to capture them in the text. Mr. Sproul certainly can write for an adult audience, but has absolutely no idea of writing techniques for children - things such as pacing, sparse text, strong storyline, no digressions...these things are all lacking in this book. For example, on one page the king's wise men explain to the king, over three full-text pages, the science of light.

My six year old, who will happily sit and listen to 20 minutes-plus of any chapter book, and will calmly listen to me read the bible to him (the NIV, not a kids' bible), would never make through even half of this book by R.C. Sproul.

Sorry R.C., but stick to writing theological tomes, and we'll all be better off!
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Reformed theologian R.C. Sproul is the chairman of Ligonier Ministries and the host of the Christian radio program Renewing Your Mind. He has written many theological works, and this is his first book for children. In this story, a young boy seeks an audience with his king to ask two important question: Where do shadows come from, and where do they go when they leave? This provokes the king to try to rid himself of his shadow, and in his search for knowledge he discovers a deeper wisdom than simply the way light and darkness relate: he learns that sin is a shadow on the human soul, that every soul is shadowed, but that there is one King who has no shadow because He is perfectly holy. The king joyfully tells the young boy this truth, sending him on a quest to find this King himself.

The story is beautifully illustrated with paintings of a king who bears a striking resemblance to Dr. Sproul himself, and the young boy with his friends closely resemble the grandchildren pictured on the flyleaf of the book. It is a rare pleasure to find such a deeply-developed Christian lesson, crafted carefully and lovingly for the third generation. Although it doesn't have the dramatic action of The Squire and the Scroll: A Tale of the Rewards of a Pure Heart or The Prince's Poison Cup, it does provide a gently reflective meditation on God's character, with enough of a story to provide a satisfying reading experience.

It is probably best suited to an older elementary audience, and could make an especially enjoyable family devotional reading.
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Our boys love being "brave warriors" and our girls love being "King's daughters" in their imaginative role playing. Thus, lately we have been focusing on "kingdom" theme books to enforce godly character traits. We bought books such as: The Princess and the Kiss by Jennie Bishop, The Squire and the Scroll, With You All the Way by Max Lucado, Brave Young Knight, and the Princess and the Three Knights by Karen Kingsbury, along with "Will, God's Mighty Warrior" by Sheila Walsh.

All these are very popular books on Amazon, and our children have absolutely LOVED their story lines. As parents, we have appreciated the deeper messages these books contained.

Based on the great reviews, we purchased R.C. Sproul's books with a "kingdom" theme.
This book, The King Without a Shadow, was beautifully illustrated, and contained deep truths such as why God, the King of the Universe, has no shadow because He has no sin (a very deep and difficult message to convey). The story line, however, is long and drawn out, with much description about the aspects of light, holiness, and God Himself, and not much "story action" is really there.

The book description states that this book is for ages 4 and up, but I lost my preschoolers attention about halfway through the book. My 8 and almost 10 year olds stuck with the book until the second to last page that became a theological discourse, rather than a climatic rush, as the other books we have been enjoying. My 11 year old, who loves to read historical fiction and missionary adventure stories, gave up on this book less than half way through due to the "long and drawn out" descriptions.

I'm sad to return this book after reading such rave reviews on Amazon, but I'd rather have books around that are loved to "pieces" rather than those that collect dust, especially if the wonderful truths they contain are not absorbed because "boredom" sets in. Perhaps a more condensed approach would be better.
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