The Lightlings is another wonderful children's book by R. C. Sproul. Charlie asks his grandfather why he is afraid of the dark. His grandfather tells him a wonderful story about the lightlings (fairy-like creatures) who once lived with the King of Light. They sinned and ran from the king, causing them to live in the dark. Until one day the King of Light sent a baby as his gift to the lightlings. This precious story ties two familiar "stories" from the Bible together perfectly. I loved how the author pulls these stories together to teach about redemption in Christ. So many children's books simply tell one single story from the Bible and leave it separate from the bigger picture ... this book ties it all together. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful as well! I would highly recommend this book!
I received a free copy of this book from The Reformation Trust in exchange for my fair and honest review.
I bought this book for my five year old son a few months ago, fell in love with it, and proceeded to buy it for my neices for Christmas. The story is so sweet and touching and true! And the artwork is beautiful. WE LOVED IT! R.C. Sproul is so talented and insightful in creating a story to demonstrate our Creator's love for us, and the love of our Savior Jesus Christ, in a way for kids to understand.
I've enjoyed any book I've read by R.C. Sproul. I've often appreciated his ability to graciously and clearly teach complex or controversial subjects through his writings. This is the first book I've read by Sproul that is for children or that is fiction and I really enjoyed it for what it was. It is a very short story filled with great illustrations along the way. It is the story of a people called "The Lightlings."
This is a nice wide-bodied book. It is also a very short book; easy to read and keep the attention of young children. It is full of illustrations and pictures for almost every page of text.
As the back of the back describes the "lightlings are a picture of humanity as they pass through all the stages of the biblical dramaâ€”creation, fall, and redemption" and may I add, consummation.
I liked how the story was set within the framework of a problem that almost all humans have encountered at one time or another; a problem that children will most certainly be familiar with. That problem is being afraid of the dark.
At the beginning of the book Charlie (the young child to whom this story is being told) asks his grandpa, "Grandpa, why am I afraid of the dark?" And so the stage is set as the Grandpa goes way back to the beginning and tells of how the Lightlings began as children of the great and fell into darkness. He then goes on to describe how the God of the light sent His Son into the darkness to save His children and bring His children back into the light and spend eternity with Him in His great light.
At the end of the book Sproul has some extremely helpful questions to go over with your children after finishing the book. They help to draw out all of the themes, events, and characters of the book and show the reality they were pointing to. He also gives Scriptures as helpful answers to these questions.
I loved the simplicity and profundity of this biblical illustration of light and darkness that Sproul used. It is a theme so simple and relatable that young children can begin to grasp it and yet profound enough to give the deepest thinkers something to ponder and be thankful for.
This seems like a great book to consider when choosing what books to get for your children to help teach them about the gospel and to help them not be afraid of the dark!
This story book is a well written allegory of creation, fall, and redemption. The Lightlings are fairy-type creatures (my only complaint; I'm not much on magical things). R. C. Sproul did a fantastic job relating to children these wonderful concepts. Highly recommended!