Thursday, November 6, 2008

A New Children's Book - The Prince's Poison Cup

Theology can be difficult stuff. Have you ever tried to explain multifaceted theological concepts to your children? In fact, ask the average Christian adult to explain substitutionary atonement and you’ll likely get a blank stare. Over the years I’ve come to appreciate Ligonier Ministries/Reformation Trust’s efforts at making gospel-focused theology accessible for both parents and children. Judy and I have purchased several children’s books written by R. C. Sproul. The Priest With Dirty Clothes and The Lightlings come to mind and both have been read to our kids and grandkids and we’ve also given them away as gifts. In each of these cases complex theological ideas become understandable and accessible. With the recent release of The Prince’s Poison Cup, Ligonier has done the heavy lifting for Christian parents. This is a great book that brings the grace of God in the bright glory of the gospel to bear in a readable children’s book. Kids will easily relate to Ella in her disdain for medicine and they will be drawn in to the deeper meaning of the story line about the prince who must taste the bitter cup. The illustrations by Justin Gerard are very rich and very good and reflect Ligonier’s attention to detail. But, my favorite part of the book is the discussion section for parents at the end. This section will help both children and parents understand this theme. This book will help Christian parents communicate the gospel to their children. For parents who take this responsibility seriously this is a book that will help us in our task. Ligonier Ministries deserves special thanks for helping us do our job. The Prince’s Poison Cup is available through Ligonier Ministries (, Monergism Books ( or through Christ Our Redeemer Church’s resource table.
- Dan

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