Just in time for Easter, R.C. Sproul has written a new book titled, “The Donkey Who Carried a King.” This children’s picture book focuses on lessons of contentment and humble service, like that of our Savior.
Following the pattern of many of Dr. Sproul’s other children’s stories, the main character has a problem and a close family member tells a story, often an allegory, to help them solve the problem. This story begins with a little boy who was continually being picked last to play games with his friends. He was quite upset so his grandfather told him a story about a donkey named Davey who was never picked for any jobs. Then one day, he was given the important job of carrying a King into Jerusalem. After this experience, he grew prideful and grumbled about other jobs he received, thinking he was too good for them.
Until the day this donkey saw the King being taken up a hill with a cross on his back. He was very upset about the way the King was being treated. Davey ended up having a talk with an older, wiser donkey and learned lessons on humility, service, and contentment. The grandfather concludes with the real story about Jesus, the Humble Servant King.
At the end of the book is a series of discussion questions for parents to use in helping children understand the meaning behind the story.
We have a few of Dr. Sproul’s other children’s books and love each and every one of them. I appreciate how he uses allegory to teach a spiritual truth. My children find the stories engaging and meaningful. The Donkey Who Carried a King was a fun read with my children, sparking enlightening conversations. The illustrations are engaging and interesting to young eyes. This is an excellent book that teaches children not only about following Jesus’ example of humble service, but more importantly, about Jesus, the Servant King who carried the burden of our sins on the cross.
To learn more about this book, visit Reformation Trust Publishers.
I received this book for free from Reformation Trust in exchange for this review. The words and opinions are my own.