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 the story, children will see the triumph of Christ and the great good that came from His obedience to His Fathers will. Sumptuous illustrations by Justin Gerard will capture childrens imaginations, while discussion questions with Scripture references in the back will help parents teach their children the great truths behind the allegory.
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 beginning to genuinely open our eyes to the all-encompassing nature of the Gospel, is learning how to weave praise and Gospel conversations into the fabric of our everyday life. Learning to see the world around us through the lenses of God’s redemptive narrative and then speaking in that manner will cause even the most mundane conversations to return to where they should always be, praising the One who gives us every breath.
This is what struck me as I began reading The Prince’s Poison Cup by R.C. Sproul. The grandpa in the story had a reputation of being one who would always point back to God in whatever he was speaking about. He could answer questions and tell stories in ways that entertained and thrilled his grandchildren. But, much more importantly, he consistently used his words to point them back to the Lord. I was overwhelmed by how great an example of that this story was.
As for the story itself, it is first class. There is so much imagery and so much truth, jam-packed into this story. Sproul leads the reader from creation to redemption and will lead to many, many conversations with your kids and will help solidify some concepts even in adult minds. This is one worth re-reading to the kids and letting older-sbilings read to the younger. Also, the art is wonderful.
I received this book for free from: Reformation Trust, An imprint of Ligonier Ministries