Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review: The Barber Who Wanted to Pray

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray  -     
        By: R.C. Sproul
        Illustrated By: T. Lively Fluharty

From the publisher:

This imaginative tale, based on a true story, begins one evening with Mr. McFarland leading family devotions. When his daughter asks him how she should pray, Mr. McFarland shares a 500-year-old story—a story about a barber and his famous customer.
Master Peter is a barber well known to all in his village. One day, when Martin Luther the Reformer walks into his shop, the barber musters up the courage to ask the outlawed monk how to pray. Dr. Luther responds by writing a letter to the barber (a letter that we know today as the book, A Simple Way to Pray!). The barber’s life is changed as he encounters a model for prayer by using the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostles’ Creed.
 R. C. Sproul’s beautifully illustrated story will engage children and help them learn to pray according to the Bible. Dr. Sproul’s unique gift for explaining complex truths will make this a treasured book to be returned to time after time—a delight for both children and their parents!
Although this is a children's book, in our home it was enjoyed more by the adults.  The concept of using the Lord's Prayer or the Ten Commandments as a model for my prayers is very thought provoking.  Although I haven't put it into action, I'm considering it.

In terms of a children's book, I would say it is o.k.  It might be understood by a older child or one studying that part of church history.  To me, it lacked the story element that some of R. C. Sproul's other children's books have.  

The illustrations are absolutely beautiful.  Except, as my husband pointed out, portraying Jesus with a mullet is probably culturally inaccurate.

I received this book free from Crossway in exchange for an honest review.

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