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

Illustrated By: T. Lively Fluharty
Crossway Books & Bibles / 2011 / Hardcover

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An excellent gift for children of all ages and a wonderful addition to any family's library, this new story by R.C. Sproul will help open you and your children's minds to prayer. Follow this story as you meet a Barber who discovers that his last customer for the day is the outlaw Martin Luther. Rather than turning him in, he asks him a simple question, "How can I pray better?" Discover, along with the Barber, the simple ways that you can prayer better through The Lord's Prayer, The Apostle's Creed, and The Ten Commandments. All three prayers are listed in the back for reference.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 10.25 X 8.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1433527030
ISBN-13: 9781433527036
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-8

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Publisher's Description

A beautifully illustrated tale from R. C. Sproul that teaches children to pray from the Bible. One day Martin Luther’s barber asks him how to pray, and his life is changed.

Author Bio

R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.

T. Lively Fluharty is an accomplished illustrator whose artwork has appeared in such publications as Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Focus on the Family. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts, and Spectrum. Fluharty illustrated The Barber Who Wanted to Pray and The Boy and the Ocean, as well as Fool Moon Rising which he cowrote with his wife, Kristi.

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray by R. C. Sproul is a marvelous book on at least three different levels. First, the artwork by T. Lively Fluharty is so realistic it makes you feel as though you can step into the story. Shaded beards on men's cheeks, ornate buttons on shirts, reflections in mirrors, fur on pet cats -- the attention to details is so phenomenal, the paintings rival photography (but are much warmer and far more alluring).

Second, the story is an interesting blend of modern times and historical records. As a contemporary family does its devotions and prayer time each night, one of the family's six children asks her father how he learned to pray so earnestly and how she might learn to pray with more passion and sincerity. The father then tells the ancient story of how Rev. Martin Luther was asked by the barber in his town how he might become an effective man of prayer. To respond to this request, Luther spent several days composing a book he titled A Simple Way to Pray, the first copy of which he presented to Master Peter, his barber. The book explains how to use The Lord's Prayer, The Ten Commandments, and The Apostles' Creed as foundations for showing love, respect, tribute, honor, and obedience to God through heart-felt prayers.

Third, the book functions as a teaching text. At the back, it has copies of the three key documents used in Luther's book. It also explains throughout the book how families can have meaningful times of Bible reading and memorization, discussion, and group prayer.

This book is so visually attractive and so smooth in its storytelling, young readers will be entertained by it while also being educated by it. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley,

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