Lightlings is Lovely.
It's amazing that a simple picture book like this can awaken your heart to profound truth. Somehow the fact that humans are created in the image of God to reflect His Glory gets lost until we read a story like this- a story about the King of Light who created Lightlings in His Image. This book comes in the form of a story told by a wise grandfather to his little grandson Charlie Cobb, who asked why we are afraid of the dark? Ã¢ÂÂThatÃ¢ÂÂs a very good question." Grandpa responds,"But you know, not only are lots of people afraid of the dark, many people are afraid of the light.Ã¢ÂÂ Thus begins the story of the Lightlings, beings created to shine with their Makers Light, who were placed in a Paradise Garden until willful rebellion cast them out into a dark wood of thorns and thistles. The Lightlings are doomed to walk in the darkness they chose until the King of Light sends His own Son to be the Light in the Lightlings world. Justin Gerad's illustrations are well suited to this faerie world, the pictures of Light are lovely: sunlit glades with winged lightlings. roses and friendly chipmunks. The pictures of darkness (sin) and the lightlings going into exile are appropriately sad and dark without being overly scary- if your children are sensitive than be careful to explain that the darkness is taken away soon. The lightlings soon could not tell night from day, and when they saw the light shining frommiles and miles away they were frightened of it, afraid of the Light King.
Some of the children went to it though..
And the Children who went to see the baby came home shining with a light that was not their own and they told all the other Lightlings that the LIGHT OF THE WORLD had come.
Grandpa looked at Charlie's awestruck face, and explained that the Light of the World has come to us too, and we who love God are children of the Light. We need never fear the darkness.
Ã¢ÂÂCharlie, let me make a suggestion. Every time you see the sun, the moon, or the stars, or light a candle, or turn on your night light, remember the story of the child the King of Light brought into the darkness of this world. And remember that He gave us this baby as a present. As long as you remember that, you will never, ever have to be afraid of the darkness again.Ã¢ÂÂ I am delighted to receive a free copy of this book for my library. R C Sproul has given us Truth in this book for children. Scripture verses are included for study with your children. I give this five stars.
January 4, 2013
This book appeals to my daughter's love of fantasy books while teaching solid, Biblical truths.
April 25, 2012
Great way to teach kids about salvation
People tend to understand life lessons in different ways. One way of learning is through stories. Jesus used this method often in His teaching; we call them the parables. Stories take the lesson itself and simplify it, making it easier to understand. R.C. Sproul takes the stories of Creation, the Fall of Man, and the Redemption of Christ and forms them into a unique story that children of all ages can understand.
Little Charlie Cobb was afraid of the dark. He had to have His night light on every night, just to be able to sleep. He wonders why he is so terrified. After all, what is there to be afraid of? His mother tells him to ask Grandpa the next day. Grandpa answers his question with a story.
He tells Charlie about a great king, the King of Light who created the lightlings. The lightlings loved living in the light the sun gave off. All too soon the lightlings began doing what they wanted instead of what the King wanted and they became afraid of the light. So they hid. The story goes on to explain the difficulties the lightlings had, living in the dark, until one day a new light shown, brighter than the sun. Some lightlings went to follow the new light, some chose to live in fear of it.
The pictures in this story make it come alive; they are so real you actually feel like you are right there with the lightlings. The author has also included a parent's guide with questions and scriptural references to help guide children into understanding the spiritual truths behind The Lightlings.
I will receive a free copy of this book as compensation for my honest review.
February 21, 2012
great Christian alternative to magic and fairies
Ever since my daughter inadvertently became fascinated with Tinker Bell and fairies, I have wished for a Christian alternative. There are Christian alternatives to so many other favorite secular characters and genres, but fairies? Not that I could find.
Enter The Lightlings. Wow! I loved this book from the get-go, when mother and child pray together at bedtime, which ultimately leads to addressing a fear of the dark. What ensues is a journey into a fanciful allegory where fairy-like beings, the lightlings, represent humanity from Creation through redemption. It's almost as if the entire Bible were summed up into one story book, and a beautiful story book at that!
Author R.C. Sproul's style is reminiscent of a time when children's stories were more simple and yet more enchanting, and certainly more inspiring, than what is so often found today. Justin Gerard's whimsical illustrations are the perfect compliment to this allegory, helping children to fully invest in the message.
As if I needed one more reason to fall in love with this book, The Lightlings ends with a series of discussion questions and Biblical references. Being blessed with a child who loves the Bible, I find this addition a wonderful way to further enhance the Lightlings experience!
This is the first I've heard of R.C. Sproul, but you can be sure I'll check out more of his children's books!
I received this ebook free from Reformation Trust Publishing for the purpose of providing my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review.
October 27, 2011