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Give kids a unique perspective on the events of Jesus' Passion Week with this illustrated story by R.C. Sproul, The Donkey Who Carried a King. Davey was a young donkey who never had anything to do . . . until one day some strangers arrived and Davey was given a very special task: to carry the King, Jesus, into Jerusalem. Davey sees things that he doesn't understand, until another donkey helps him see that the King is willingly a Servant on behalf of His people.
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Review 1 for The Donkey Who Carried a King
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A Great Story of Christ's Example of Servanthood

Date:April 18, 2014
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MIMom
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With Palm Sunday just past and Easter approaching, I was reminded of The Donkey Who Carried a King, a children's book written by R.C. Sproul, with earthy-toned illustrations by Chuck Groenink. Although it's title could hint towards it being a story about Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry is really only given a page spread in the book, as it's about so much more.
Sproul's frame narrative begins with a little boy Reilly walking home from a day playing with friends. He is sad because he was chosen last in their game. His parents direct him to the sage advice of his grandfather who then tells him the story of a donkey named Davey. Davey was a young colt who had yet to be chosen for any task. When he is finally chosen, it is to carry Christ in His triumphal entry through the streets of Jerusalem. After this privilege, Davey sees himself as too important for the trivial assignments given to him by his owner. Through the wise words of an older donkey, Barnabas, as well as later watching Christ walk to his crucifixion, Davey learns the lessons of servanthood, obedience and a joyful heart.
As with some of Sproul's other tales, my four-year old wasn't as interested with the story of Reilly so much as he was with the story of Davey. He did have empathy towards Reilly, especially as he recently had been told by another little boy that they were not friends (The beginning of many scars that will happen in his life, I'm sure, but still hard to take in!). He also enjoyed guessing the Bible stories when the donkeys were talking about their famous predecessors. I once again appreciated how Sproul includes in both narratives the involvement of the generations and the father looking to the older grandfather as a source of wisdom (Job 12:12). There were many wonderful nuggets and lessons tucked into the story and expounded upon in a 3-pg discussion portion at the end of the book. The main lesson being that Christ's life was one of servanthood reflected throughout His life and ministry, and is an example to us, His followers (Matthew 20:28). I loved that Sproul uses the term "master" when the two donkeys speak of their owner. It makes reality hit home more when the older Barnabas instructs, "...whatever the master decides to put on our backs. Every job is important, even carrying a sack of olives, and you should do your best to do it well." The story shows how God chose Jesus for the worst job- taking the sins of mankind with Him upon the cross; with whatever task we have before us, we should perform it diligently with a cheerful heart for the Lord (Colossians 3:23, I Thess 5:16-18). A good lesson when reinforcing the menial tasks around the house (and a good reminder for this Mama when she is often weary from her calling)! This was a good reinforcement for my young child, who is already constantly trying to be a servant and knight. In addition, both the donkey and the boy struggle with identity and purpose, areas where I think many can relate as well. I was able to use this to show my son that we are children of the King and He is our faithful Friend and will never forsake us.
In conclusion, our family enjoyed this book and I would recommend it, again, not as a book specifically about Easter week (though the story finishes with Christ's resurrection and the resulting hope for mankind from His shed blood), but as one to help establish biblical character traits. I do enjoy adding it to our books we read during this Easter season however, as it adds a side narrative to the already well-known story and celebration in our home.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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Review 2 for The Donkey Who Carried a King
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What a great story

Date:January 2, 2014
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We loved this book. It reads so easily and kids really do get the similarities. The kids we bought this for ask lots of questions and when we read them biblical stories they totally get it! Oh, to have the faith of a child. I would recommend this book to everyone who has kids, and grandparents you too can share this with them. Thats the category we fall in. We are totally dedicated to show these kids Jesus and His love.
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Review 3 for The Donkey Who Carried a King
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A NEW EASTER CLASSIC!

Date:October 10, 2012
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This book is destined to become an Easter classic for families and children! I loved the way it combined so many wonderful lessons and spiritual truths and shared the Easter story in such a unique way.
The story begins when a young boy named Reilly is talking to his father and grandfather about his problem of picked last for games. His grandfather sympathizes and tells him of a little donkey in Jerusalem named Davey.
Davey was sad because he had never been called to do any job. He just stayed in his pen all day. The other donkeys tell him about famous donkeys in history: Balaam’s donkey and the one that carried Mary to Bethlehem for the birth of Christ.
One day his life changes and Davey’s master chooses him to carry Christ through the streets on Palm Sunday. After carrying a king he becomes very prideful and is unhappy with the regular jobs assigned him. One day while working, he witnesses Christ carrying the cross to his crucifixion. Davey is upset that the King would have to do such a demeaning job. An old donkey tells him how Christ was being a servant to mankind. Davey realizes if Christ can bear His cross then he can bear his loads without complaining.
Reilly’s grandfather not only uses Davy’s lesson to teach him about being grateful for what he is chosen to play but also being humble and not always expecting the best places. Mr. Sproul beautifully shares not only Christ’s death and resurrection, but also the plan of salvation.
At the end of the book, there are wonderful questions and answers about the story to help children to understand the story and apply the truths in it. I can’t emphasize enough what an outstanding delightful book this is! One every parent and grandparent will want for their library.
I received this book free from the Reformation Trust Publishing in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
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Review 4 for The Donkey Who Carried a King
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Great Gospel Kids Book

Date:October 7, 2012
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Location:Simpsonville, SC
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My daughters have amassed quite a collection of children’s book. I’m hoping and praying that my love for books and reading is passed along to them. So far so good. My oldest has her own bookshelf in her room and it’s brimming with books. My wife and I are always on the look out for a good kids book to add to her library. I’ve found quite a few but it’s harder to find good ones that are written skillfully from an explicitly Christian worldview. Glad to say The Donkey Who Carried a King delivers.
If you haven’t already checked out R. C. Sproul’s children books then head on over to Reformation Trust and check them out. The stories are simple yet skilfully written and provide the opportunity to speak to our children about the gospel after reading them. What’s more the illustrations are top notch as well. It’s not your cheesy kids bible story books from the 80’s.
The Donkey Who Carried a King is the story of Reilly a boy who feels discouraged he is being picked last by the kids at school and Davey the donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem during his Triumphal Entry. Sproul skillfully weaves these story into the Gospel Story. Sproul ends with Davey looking on as Jesus is carrying the cross and Reilly’s grandpa explaining,
“Reilly until that day when Davey was picked to carry Jesus into Jerusalem, he had never been given anything to do. His master never picked him for even the easiest task. But the other boys do pick you for your games. So I’d like you to try to be thankful you have a chance to play. Can you do that for me, Reilly?”
“Yes, Grandpa,” Reilly said. “You’re right. I know I should be thankful that I get to play, even if I”m chosen last.”
“Good,” Grandpa said with a smile. “Also, do you best to be content with whatever you are asked to do because every player and every role is important. If you are picked to do something special, don’t get proud like Davey. If you are given a job that doesn’t seem to be so much fun, do your best at your job anyway. Remember that God the Father chose Jesus for the worst job of all, but He did it willingly to please His Father and to save His people.” (p. 30)
The story reminded me of Jesus sitting the crowds of people by the Galilean Sea and telling them a parable. Sproul ends the book with questions to help understand the story and apply the truth of the gospel. I’ve found reading this book and others like it helps me as a parent respond to every day situations with my children that require a deft hand applying the gospel. It’s exercising a muscle all parents must develop.
A free copy of this book was provided by Reformation Trust.
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Review 5 for The Donkey Who Carried a King
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Good Quality Kids Book

Date:February 24, 2012
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It was my pleasure to review this adorable children's book. It starts out with Reilly, a little boy who is sad because the other children pick him last for sports. His grandfather decides to share with him the story of Davey the Donkey, who carried Jesus on Palm Sunday.
I admit I get skittish about kids being taught Bible stories with extra details that aren't in the Bible itself. I get concerned they might remember "Davey" or other details as "gospel truth" and therefore have a wrong impression of Biblical Truth. However, I think that the way that Sproul introduces this as a story told by Reilly's grandfather combined with the "Understanding the Story" section in the back of the book help alleviate those concerns. I thought it was really cool that not only did the story talk about Davey's experiences with Jesus, we also heard a couple stories of "famous donkeys in history" like the donkey which talked to Baalam and the donkey which carried Mary and witnessed our Lord's birth.
The message of the story is about gratitude and contentment, especially in light of Christ's love and sacrifice for us. It encourages children and readers of all ages to have a willing, serving heart. My favorite part is actually the illustrations. I love Davey and think your kids will too; he's so cute! I definitely recommend this book to add to your child’s library.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchanged for my unbiased review.
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