Charlie Cobb is afraid of the dark and is curious why. Charlie inquires of his mother as to why he fears darkness. Charlie's mother tells him that his Grandpa is coming over for lunch and that he needed to ask him this question. As soon as Charlie's Grandpa arrives he asks him about the origin of his fear. Grandpa responds to Charlie by telling him the story of the Lightlings. Grandpa explains, not all people are afraid of darkness, and that some people are afraid of the light. The story of the Lightlings is an allegorical tale which takes Charlie through redemptive history. The story tells of the origin of sin/ darkness and about a means of redemption from this darkness through putting one's faith in the son, who is the King of light. Everything at one time was full of light, until one of the Lightling sinned against the source of light and as a result was kicked out of paradise. Darkness came about as a result of this rebellion. Those who formally loved the light now fear the light and flee from it, but the story does not end there. Grandpa then tells Charlie about how a son was born to offer salvation to those who would cling to him. Those who cling to the son, no longer need to fear the darkness, but delight in the fact that the light will/and has already overcome the darkness.
The book is a great book for children! It is basic, has great pictures, and a clever allegory explaining redemption, and hopefully relieving a fear of darkness. The book explains many essential doctrines of the faith in understandable language for young kids. As a parent/student I appreciate theologians writing simple, yet solid material for children. Rc Sproul has mastered the ability to explain deep theological truths to all age groups. If you a looking for a book to read to your children, sunday school literature for young kids, a baby shower gift, or an upward gift (my church is currently doing upward basketball) for your players this would be a great choice. The book is relatively inexpensive and is a great tool for explaining the gospel on the bottom shelf to young children. Buy It, Share it, and Teach it!
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 dramaÃ¢â¬âcreation, 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!