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The Donkey Who Carried a King

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Riley gets upset when his playmates pick him last for their games. When Grandpa hears about the problem, he asks, "Riley, have you ever heard about the donkey who carried a king?" Davey was a young donkey who was bored and unhappy because he was never given anything to do. Then one day, some strangers came to the gate--and Davey's master picked him for a very special task. ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published February 17th 2012 by Reformation Trust Publishing
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Feb 27, 2016 Mikejencostanzo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, ligonier
My husband and I have lately become convicted about making the Easter holiday more of a big deal for our budding family. Like many Americans, we've allowed Christmas to monopolize our holiday calendar, giving it the anticipation, preparation & financial devotion that may more rightly belong to Easter. Of all the days to celebrate for a Christian, Easter is arguably top-notch. So, this year, Mike and I have allowed ourselves to begin to imagine and create ways to make Easter extra-special for ...more
David Taylor
Apr 13, 2015 David Taylor rated it it was amazing
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Josh Skinner
Aug 10, 2014 Josh Skinner rated it it was amazing
I have been immensely blessed by the teaching of RC Sproul and I love the fact that he has written some children’s books that will allow me to introduce his teaching to my children early. I received a review copy from Reformation Trust of his book The Donkey Who Carried a King and it was all that I expected and more.

The Donkey Who Carried a King is what you would expect from a kid’s book by R.C. Sproul. It is solid theologically, engaging in tone (the story is told in the manner of a grandfather
Shanna Gonzalez
Mar 02, 2013 Shanna Gonzalez rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-04-08
When I picked up this book, I expected to read a straightforward retelling of the Easter events, with some explanation about the significance of the donkey in the Triumphal Entry. This is instead a moral lesson based on Matthew 20:28 – “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

In the setup, a young boy comes home distraught at being picked last for a game. His grandfather sits down with him and begins to tell him about Davey the donkey, who le
Harold Cameron
Nov 28, 2012 Harold Cameron rated it it was amazing
"The biblical teaching that Jesus was the Suffering Servant who carried the sins of His people when He went to the cross is vividly brought home to children in The Donkey Who Carried a King, the latest children's book from respected theologian, author, and educator Dr. R.C. Sproul.

Davey was a young donkey who was bored and unhappy because he was never given anything to do. Then one day, some strangers came to the gate--and Davey's master picked him for a very special task. Davey carried the King
Apr 05, 2012 Bethany rated it liked it
What I did like:

Dialogue is witty and engaging - a great read-aloud choice!
No images of Christ's face plus quality illustrations - We use picture books with reverent pictures of Christ, but many of my friends do not. The quality of illustrations and story is significantly higher than any other of the Easter books I have seen that do not portray Christ.
Warm familial atmosphere - Sproul shows a family where children love and listen to their grandparents, and grandparents are interested in and t
Jan 21, 2013 Faith rated it it was amazing
When little Reilly comes home weeping because he is chosen last for the boy's games, Grandpa asks Reilly if he has ever told him the story of the Donkey who carried the King.
"'No, Grandpa,' he said, 'I’ve never heard that story, but I’d love to hear it now.' So Grandpa sat down, and Reilly sat on his knee. Reilly didn’t feel too old for that." One of my favorite parts of Dr. Sproul's books is the presence of a wise, dignified, loving, Godly Grandfather in each book.

"'You know, Reilly,' Grandp
Oct 13, 2012 Mathew rated it really liked it
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.

Apr 12, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing
Ahh, what a delightful children's book! A story told through the eyes of the donkey who carried King Jesus and became proud and didn't like to have to do lowly menial work after carrying a king.

A good teaching book about servant hearted ness as well as presenting the Gospel and why King Jesus came to earth. This is one I want to get for our own bookshelf as I borrowed it from my church library.
Steve Rouhotas Jr
May 25, 2015 Steve Rouhotas Jr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, libby-reads
"It was a good book, it showed that little donkeys can do big work; just like me!" Says my 5 year old reader (LJ)

This is my first Sproul childrens book. At first it seemed a bit hokey, but as the story grew, it gained not only momentum, but grew to be a story with a very applicable lesson for all readers, young and old.
Apr 24, 2012 Libbydale rated it it was amazing
A beautiful story about being left out , being chosen, being content, not complaining, and Jesus. Sproul winds life lessons into a retelling of the triumphal entry of Jesus through the eyes of a donkey. Beautiful pictures! We just got it as a gift and we've listened to it two nights in a row per my 8-year-old's request on the accompanying cd. He's almost outgrown these kind of story books, but there are compelling messages that need to be heard over and over. Kids will relate to the donkey's fee ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Mary rated it liked it
Good content, great illustrations.
Kinda long and a little wordy. Davey's story didn't really need Reilly's intro, but it was still one of the best religious children's books available.
May 03, 2012 Isabel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible, favorites
I loved this book because it is the story of when Jesus came to die for us. It tells the story from the birth of Jesus to His death on the cross.
Phil Sessa
Aug 08, 2013 Phil Sessa rated it it was amazing
My daughter simply lived this especially since she is a fan of the TV show Donkey Ollie. Well done R.C.
Tom Woodard
Jun 29, 2012 Tom Woodard rated it it was ok
Very pointed book to be read to children. Adults cannot be hurt by it, either.
Becky Pliego
May 03, 2012 Becky Pliego rated it really liked it
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Love all the books in this series.
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Dr. R.C. Sproul was born in 1939 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He is president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and the founder and chairman of the ministry that began in 1971 as the Ligonier Valley Study Center in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. In an effort to respond more effectively to the growing demand for Dr. Sproul’s teachings and the ministry’s other educational resources, th ...more
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