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The Prince's Poison Cup

4.63 of 5 stars 4.63  ·  rating details  ·  144 ratings  ·  19 reviews
In this gripping allegorical tale, theologian, pastor, and author Dr. R. C. Sproul continues his lifes work of making deep biblical concepts clear and understandableeven to children. The Princes Poison Cup tells the story of Jesus willingness to drink the terrible cup of the Fathers wrath at great cost to Himselfhumiliation, suffering, and death. But in the conclusion of t ...more
Hardcover, 35 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Reformation Trust Publishing (first published 2008)
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Josh Skinner
Those of us who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb desire desperately for those we come into contact with to share in our love and adoration of our great God. But we oftentimes feel awkward in how we are to go about initiating Gospel conversations.

And, while it seems like it should be easier to do this with our children, even knowing how and when to engage in Gospel conversations with them can be daunting for parents. One discipline that can alleviate some of this tension, and aid in be
Lara Lleverino
The five star rating is from Julia. I really enjoyed the allegory. Julia enjoyed figuring out what each element stood for.
Shanna Gonzalez
R.C. Sproul is a leading Reformed teacher and theologian. He is the founder of Ligonier Academy, editor of the Tabletalk devotional and host of the radio program Renewing Your Mind. He is also the author of several excellent Gospel-centered children's books which are distinguished from others of their genre both by their theological depth and artistic excellence.

The Prince's Poison Cup is a well-developed, transparent allegory for Jesus' ransom of humanity from their sin. When a young child asks
Stephen Escalera
It's not every day that you come across a story that not only helps your child understand something he doesn't like to do, but (and more importantly) one that uses the same principles to illustrate a great Biblical truth.

In R.C. Sproul's "The Prince's Poison Cup," a grandfather explains to his granddaughter that some things like medicine, while tasting horrible, help us to feel better. While he doesn't really give an answer as to why this is, he uses it as an illustration to teach a greater trut
As a parent, I often try to come up with ways to present the truths of the gospel in a way that my children can understand. Often, I find myself frustrated in the task. It is highly difficult to allegorize the gospel without completely missing major, important truths. Thankfully, R. C. Sproul has made this task much easier by bringing us The Prince’s Poison Cup.

The story we find in the pages of this well-illustrated children’s book is mainly the allegory of the gospel couched in the answer to
Faith Farrell
The Prince and the Poison Cup is a story that little Ella Cobb's wise, old Grandfather tells her one day when she was not feeling well. Ella is questioning how such "terrible" tasting medicine can possibly make you well. Grandpa reminds her that “Some things that look or taste or smell wonderful are really awful."
"But sometimes things that seem terrible are actually very good." Grandpa adds. "I even remember a story in which both of these strange things were true. Would you like to hear it?”

Marie Ralston
The Prince's Poison Cup is a beautiful rendition of the reason mankind needs a savior and the ultimate sacrifice that was made. The story starts with a beautiful town that the King of Light has created. The people in the town are happy in their daily fellowship with their ruler, until they disobey his orders and drink from the forbidden well. The rest of the story follows the Prince's journey as he must muster his courage and try to rescue the town's people from their own mistake of drinking fro ...more
The Prince’s Poison Cup is an allegorical retelling of the Gospel in a non-threatening and child-friendly way. The illustrations are plentiful and beautiful. (I especially like how the book is tan colored, so when the King of Life is drawn he is brilliantly bright.) There are enough Biblical concepts and truth in this seemingly simple tale to keep a parent busy for many readings. I think that is the true brilliance of Dr. Sproul and this book! He is able to take a very complicated story and rete ...more
This story is about a King who sent his son (the prince) to die for his people because they disobeyed him. In the story the people disobeyed him because when The King of Life (God) put a fountain in the center of the garden and told the people not to drink it, the people got curious and drank it. That made their hearts turn to stone.

The Prince's Poison cup represents the central part of the Bible. When Jesus died on the cross for us, that is just like in the book when the Prince drank the poison
I read this to the 3rd grade boys in my VBS class. They loved the story and immediately recognized the connection to the Gospel story of Christ. This is a great Gospel presentation for elementary and middle school kids.
kevin joseph deitering
Great book.

Great book for all ages. I just finished reading it to my 3 year old and my older kids were eavesdropping. Great illustrations too.
Great allegorical tale about redemption that is aimed at children. The kids loved it.
"The Prince's Poison Cup" by R.C. Sproul is a wonderful book, written in almost fairy-tale form, that recounts Jesus' sacrifice for us. The Prince (who is Jesus in the book) has to go and drink a cup of poison in order to soften the hearts of the King's (God) people (us). A very wonderful book with a good message.

This is a very good book explaining the saving grace and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus. It is a must have for all kids.
Phil Sessa
Excellent. I read and explained it to my daughter. I will read it again to her. A great help to share the sacrifices of the savior drinking in the wrath of Godl
This is a great book. My grandma got it for me and i loved it. it is a short book. but i love it because it teaches you so much about many things.
A pastor wrote this book parallel to Christ's life. Really cool pictures and an interesting story.
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The Prince’s Poison Cup is a wonderful story that is attractively illustrated and told in such a way to make righteousness appear attractive. The Gospel message is for young and old alike and RC Sproul offers a solid scriptural salvation narrative.

The young girl Ella struggles to understand how her yucky medicine could make her well. This is a down to earth reality that my 6 year old readily grasps. Grandpa begins to explain to Ella that, “sometimes things that seem
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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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