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.
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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!
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Charlie Cobb, like most boys and girls, did not like the dark. So he asked his grandpa why he and so many other people are afraid of the dark. Grandpa answered his question with a story about the King of Light and His people called the lightlings. This allegorical story portrays the creation, fall, the incarnation of Christ and salvation through Him.
This is another great children's book by Sproul. I personally did not like the illustrations in this one as much as the Prince's Poison Cup, but the book is definitely one that will spark children's interest and encourage them to desire to know more about God especially when followed with the questions and verses at the end of the book.
(Reformation Trust Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest critique.)
Have you ever wondered why stories have such power to move us? Why children sit mesmerized when they hear a fairy tale, and why people inevitably share their own personal stories when they get together?
Stories move us because we are part of a bigger story, "The Story". As Christians, we know the beginning and the end of that story, and all its major plot turns and twists. We don't know exactly how our life story will fit into it, but we have faith that it will.
R.C. Sproul has the gift of storytelling, and has written several stories for children. In "The Lightlings", Sproul tells "The Story" by means of an allegory. He casts the world as peopled by lightlings, children of the King of Light. He depicts the fall, and their flight into darkness. He then paints a beautiful picture of a baby full of light, who is to be the Light of the World. This allegory is applied to children well by Sproul's setting it as a story told to a child wondering why he is afraid of the dark. The answer is a tale told by his grandfather, and then applied to the child's own circumstances at the end of the book.
The story is beautiful and has numerous points of contact with the true Biblical story of creation, fall and redemption. At the end of the book, several discussion questions are listed with Biblical verses in a "For Parents" section. These points don't exhaust the allegory but open it up to those who may be more unfamiliar with the Biblical metanarrative depicted in the tale.
The illustrations by Justin Gerard are stunning. He captures light well, which is necessary in illustrating this particular story. The pictures are attractive to kids of all ages, and imagining the lightlings as fairies helps the story compete with other children's tales that remain ever popular.
Christian parents must seek to get as many Christian resources as possible into the hands of our children. This book will provide opportunities to discuss the Gospel with children of all ages, particularly those in preschool and elementary school. An audio version of the book is available, as is an animatic DVD telling of the tale. And if you like this story, Sproul has other allegorical children's books available as well.
I wish more children's books today were like "The Lightlings". The power of the story is not as often used as it should in capturing the hearts of our children. I cannot recommend this book more highly. If you have children, it is definitely a must have tool for the Christian parent.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by Reformation Trust Publishing for review. The reviewer was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.