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The Barber Who Wanted To Pray, by R.C. Sproul, Paintings by T. Lively Fluharty, Hardcover, Crossway Books, 2011, Ages 4-8, 40 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1433527036, $17.99
“Daddy, can you teach me how to pray…” asks McFarland’s young daughter, Delaney during family devotions. She wanted to learn how to pray more than the ritual nighttime prayer of “Now I lay me down to sleep.”
Thus begins Sproul’s children’s story on prayer wrapped inside a true story of a village barber, Master Peter and his famous customer, reformer and outlaw monk, Martin Luther.
Besides an entertaining and compelling story, the book is an excellent teaching tool, not only for children, but I think for adults as well, even though the book is rated for ages 4-8. Sproul’s how-to examples personalize each of the following prayers with the goal of a “deeper prayer” life: The Lord’s Prayer, The Apostle’s Creed and the Ten Commandments.
Sproul features Martin Luther’s classic book on prayer, A Simple Way to Pray first published in 1535, with a story that illustrates how prayer changed an ordinary man’s spiritual life when he asked an extraordinary man to “…help him learn to pray better.” I’m certain when Dr. Luther first penned the “smallest, shortest” book he ever wrote he had no idea it would still be in print hundreds of years later.
T. Lively Fluharty’s picturesque paintings of animals, characters, parchments and quill pens enhance the story, capture reader’s attention and encourage deliberation of his artwork, whether delightful caricatures or inset calligraphy. Full texts of the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostle’s Creed end the book.
Readers owe R.C. Sproul, T. Lively Fluharty and Crossway Books publisher, a debt of thanks for revitalizing Luther’s work through this exceptional children’s story on prayer. The Barber Who Wanted to Pray is a wonderful choice for a Christmas gift, for use in family devotions or for individual use. For more: Crossway Books: http://tinyurl.com/3gaa77z
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