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The Prince's Poison Cup Hardcover – October 30, 2008
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About the Author
Dr. R. C. Sproul is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries, and the minister of preaching and teaching at St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Fla. He is the author of more than sixty books and served as the general editor of The Reformation Study Bible. Dr. Sproul is renowned for his ability to communicate deep, practical truths from God s Word.
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The Prince’s Poison Cup has two major strengths: the story and the illustration. With regard to the story, The Prince’s Poison Cup, takes a ‘Princess Bride’ approach to storytelling, a story within a story if you will. While this approach can get confusing or exhausting in other works, that cannot be said of The Prince’s Poison Cup, which is fast paced, sharp, and witty. With regard to communicating the truths of God’s Word, Dr. Sproul goes to great lengths to communicate to young children the Gospel starting with original sin, the need of a savior, and the provision of the savior in Jesus within a unique allegorical tale.
With regard to the illustration, The Prince’s Poison Cup has vivid colors and is masterfully drawn so that it not only captures a child’s attention but their imagination as well. Furthermore the illustrations not only illustrate the allegorical tale but progress the story in a way words cannot do.
If you are looking to purchase The Prince’s Poison Cup, it is a delightfully articulated and beautifully illustrated book; the audience is for ages 3 to 7, yet when I read it to my daughter (age under 2) she was captivated the entire time.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Reformation Trust Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
I would recommend buying an actual book. The kindle version text and illustrations do not correlate well (I.e. There will be pages of text with no pictures and then several pictures in a row).
The illustrations are beautiful too.
We purchased THE PRINCE'S POISON CUP for a young boy who is being adopted. There was a shower for the family and we were asked to bring a children's book as part of the celebration. This was our chance to purchase one of Sproul's children's books. When it arrived I read the book from cover to cover.
The art is decent, and the story flows along very well. It is a religious book, of course, so behind the story is the Bible's teaching on the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins of mankind. It is a story that is especially good to read to your child. You can pause along the way to look at the pictures and talk about them. There are many interesting things in the pictures.
At the end of the book the parent will find a discussion guide to help talk through the biblical teaching of the Jesus' atonement in terms that the child can understand. There are a set of questions with Bible verses as answers.
I think this is probably a book that parents will enjoy reading to their child at many ages. It is also a nice way to instruct one's child in one of the important biblical teachings.
Durring the first reading, my 8 year old daughter actually stopped me, and asked me if she could tell me what the story was about... She Got it!
I highly reccomend this book for your own children, and to give as gifts to others.
This book is rife with opportunities to discuss difficult Christian concepts with children. An allegorical adaptation of the story of the cross, this piece covers such concepts as: the fall, the hard-heartedness of all humanity, the cost of sin, the necessity of the Son's sacrifice, redemption, God's goodness even when things seem bad, and Christ's resurrection, just to name a few. There is potential to discuss many more topics that are touched on in the book as well.
I disagree with a previous reviewer, who felt that the points were not adequately clear. Truly good children's literature covers difficult concepts that cause children to ask questions and think for themselves. The idea is not for the child to sit alone in his or her room reading the book and fully understanding it, but for a parent to read it to them and guide them through the difficult parts. I think this book does this better than most. Without giving us all the answers, it allows the child to think and the parent to lead the child into a discussion of the real Prince, and the poison of our sin that he accepted on the Cross.
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The Prince’s Poison Cup by R.C. Sproul is a fantastic book that I look forward to reading to my niece and nephew soon and my...Read more