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Richly illustrated, The Prince's Poison Cup is designed to present deep biblical truths to children on their own level. In this work, Dr. R. C. Sproul focuses on the atonement to show that Jesus had to endure the curse of sin in order to redeem His people from their spiritual death. Children can begin to appreciate the great love of God for His people and the awful price Jesus had to pay because of sin. A "For Parents" section provides assistance in unfolding the biblical elements of the story. Recommended for ages 6 to 10.
Number of Pages: 35
Vendor: Reformation Trust Publishing
|Publication Date: 2008|
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Danielle5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Children's Books by RC SproulApril 11, 2018DanielleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very pleased with my purchase - These children's books by RC Sproul are a wonderful resource for children to aid them in their grasp of Biblical doctrines and concepts that may be too complex for some children's understanding. As a mother, I also enjoy reading them because it helps me to fully appreciate the simplicity of the Gospel - often we, as adults tend to over complicate things and eliminate the beautiful simplicity with which the Gospel can be presented. And even though I try to control my emotional response, I must admit, that when reading these stories, my heart was filled with joy over the mercy and love our Savior has shown us, and I was excited to share these truths with my children in such a unique way. Thank you Dr. Sproul for this wonderful legacy that you have left for your children and ours.
For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Children's BookFebruary 2, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Princes Poison Cup written by R.C. Sproul and published by Reformation Trust Publishing, and is one of the childrens titles currently offered under this publisher. Dr. Sproul is world renowned for works on Reformed Theology and Apologetics aimed at adults but The Princes Poison Cup is uniquely aimed at conveying the truths of scripture to very young children.
The Princes Poison Cup has two major strengths: the story and the illustration. With regard to the story, The Princes Poison Cup, takes a Princess Bride approach to storytelling, a story within a story if you will. While this approach can get confusing or exhausting in other works, that cannot be said of The Princes Poison Cup, which is fast paced, sharp, and witty. With regard to communicating the truths of Gods Word, Dr. Sproul goes to great lengths to communicate to young children the Gospel starting with original sin, the need of a savior, and the provision of the savior in Jesus within a unique allegorical tale.
With regard to the illustration, The Princes Poison Cup has vivid colors and is masterfully drawn so that it not only captures a childs attention but their imagination as well. Furthermore the illustrations not only illustrate the allegorical tale but progress the story in a way words cannot do.
If you are looking to purchase The Princes Poison Cup, it is a delightfully articulated and beautifully illustrated book; the audience is for ages 3 to 7, yet when I read it to my daughter (age under 2) she was captivated the entire time.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Reformation Trust Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
danniAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great despite some disappointmentsJune 21, 2014danniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4With this being the third childrens book of Sproul I have read, I had fairly high expectations as the previous two were great. Although the story itself was engaging, I ended up being slightly disappointed in a couple specific aspects of the book.
John 18:11B is the focus of this story. It begins with a young girl, Ella, who needed to drink some distasteful medicine because of her sickness. Grandpa enters the picture by addressing Ella's confusion on why medicine has to taste bad. As with his other two books, Sproul utilizes an older, wiser grandpa to convey the truth of the Gospel.
The grandfather tells a story of a people who lived peacefully and joyfully with their good king - the King of Life. Eventually, the people were persuaded by the king's archenemy to rebel by drinking from the forbidden fountain. As a consequence, they became hard hearted and abandoned the king that loved them so dearly. Despite the king's anger with their rebellion, his love for them compelled him to send his only son, the Prince, to die for the restoration of the people.
Sproul intended the following representations of the characters and entities:
- The King of Life = God
- The Prince = Jesus
- The Forbidden Fountain = The Tree of Life
- The Archenemy = Satan
- Sickness = Sin
- Distasteful Medicine = Cup of Wrath
- Healing from Medicine = redemption from Christ's death
The allegory is a great way to introduce the beginning of creation, rebellion and sin, the wrath of God, love and sacrifice, and Christ's death and resurrection. I was fascinated with how he incorporated the verse from John regarding his need to drink from the cup His Father gave him. It seemed as though this was only slightly highlighted in the story and would be difficult for a child or an adult to pin point as the focus of the book. Again, Sproul included a portion at the end that allows with questions and further discussion in order to fully convey the truths for the story.
The following are the three items I was disappointed with:
1- At the end, the grandfather concludes that sickness is a result of sin. This is not an accurate truth nor biblical. I understand how Sproul was attempting to tie it all together, but I feel it could have been done in a way that didn't stray from the biblical truth.
2- While the Prince was traveling, it mentions he had friends with him. It also mentions that the friends disappeared once the crowds began to jeer. The appearance of the friends was so short and menial that they seem to be more random than supportive of the story's plot.
3- I would have enjoyed it more if Sproul had the grandfather end the story by mentioning the real King Jesus and his forgiveness of our sins. Although an allegory can be a great tool to portray difficult biblical concepts, I personally feel it's important to connect it to the real story of Jesus to eliminate any confusion.
Despite the few items I was disappointed with, it was still a fabulous book!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher as part of their review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
MIMomAge: 25-345 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Allegory to Help Children UnderstandJanuary 20, 2014MIMomAge: 25-34Quality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Prince's Poison Cup is an allegorical book that begins with a little girl, Ella, who has a stomach ache and is given medicine by her father. Unlike the sugary syrups in today's world, this one did not impress the child and she asked the question, "Why does medicine taste so bad if it's going to make us well?" Her father passes the baton to her grandfather who then tells the child a story about the King of Life who can create anything; He has created a beautiful park for His people and enjoys walking in it with them. He also created a lovely fountain, but gave them strict instructions not to drink it's clear flowing water. Of course they are tempted by his archenemy, and their hearts are turned into stone as a result. They leave the park, set up their own dark city and remain in that state until the Prince enters their city to rescue them. Sent by the King, the Prince must fill a golden cup with murky, smelly poison that bubbles up from their city's fountain. When he drinks it, he dies, amongst a triumphant cold-hearted crowd. The King enters the plaza however, brings Him back to life, and the fountain is transformed. The Prince offers this new water as life to all who would come.
After reading the book once to make sure it was theologically sound, I read it to my four-year old. He loved it and has requested it multiple times the past few days. What did he enjoy about it? First, he liked the fact that there was a king and prince involved. Next, he loved that the story was similar to the redemption story of the Bible. After every page, he would point out that "the King of Life was like God, because He created the whole world too!" or "the archenemy was like Satan who pretended to be that naughty snake and lied". It could be just the boy in him, but he didn't really seem to get into the background story at all, usually zoning out at the end, and I think this book would have been just fine without Ella and her Grandpa. The only thing he said was missing was that the Prince needed a white horse just like Jesus, though I had to remind him that Christ won't come riding on His white horse until the end. :)
I also thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The illustrations (by Justin Gerard) are lovely and capturing, from the rounded cherubic faces of those filled with love for their Creator, to the hardened, chiseled features of those whose hearts have turned to stone. The author, RC Sproul, is also the founder of Ligonier Ministries. On their website, he states that he started his ministry to "faithfully present the unvarnished truth of Scripture to help people grow in their knowledge of God and His holiness." I believe he accomplished this masterfully in this children's book, as even my four-year old was able to see the allegorical comparison. You can tell Sproul focused on every detail, hinting back to Scripture when he could (There are some great discussion questions and Biblical references at the end of the book). I loved the progression of sin that you could see with the people and the fountain (James 1:14-15, I John 2:15-16), and how he subtly establishes the respect for wisdom from the elderly. Personally, my only fault was at the end, where the Grandpa notes that the origin of sickness was brought about by sin- I felt that his contrasting explanation of this medicine to the cup of poison was forced. In the end however, I highly recommend this book, as yet another creative way (I'm always looking for them!) to teach such the story of God's love, sacrifice and redemption for us.
Disclaimer: I am blessed to be receiving a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5We too know the Prince who had to die.January 7, 2013Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Prince and the Poison Cup is a story that little Ella Cobb's wise, old Grandfather tells her one day when she was not feeling well. Ella is questioning how such "terrible" tasting medicine can possibly make you well. Grandpa reminds her that "Some things that look or taste or smell wonderful are really awful."
"But sometimes things that seem terrible are actually very good." Grandpa adds. "I even remember a story in which both of these strange things were true. Would you like to hear it?"
He then begins to weave the story of the King of LIFE, whose archenemy enters into the King's country and tempts the King's subjects to drink the pure looking water of a poisoned fountain, promising that it will make them as great as the King. What the water does is gives them hearts of stone and causes them to hate their King. They leave the beautiful park that He had created just for them and fled to the desert to build the city of Man, a city of rebels.
"The King of Life was angry that the people had disobeyed Him. He knew that because of the people's terrible violation of His command, He would be justified in destroying their city. But the King still loved His people and felt sorry for them in their pain." How can the heart of stone that they chose ever be removed so they can return to the King as his people? Only if the King's own Son, the Prince, goes to the rebel's city and drinks from their fountain with the cup His Father gave Him can the curse be removed. The Prince will die from drinking the poison, but it will make the water of fountain sweet again and the people will have the opportunity to drink and heal their hearts.
When we read the of the anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane, we often, like the disciples, want to run from the suffering of God's Son. Justin Gerad illustrated this account to show the anguish of the Prince, who longed to put away the cup from Him. It was not He that desired the poison- it was not His sin that needed atoning- the people did not deserve a Savior. They desired their fate- yet the bitter cup was pressed to His lips! And he chose to drain it for the salvation of the people who hated Him!
If Anyone is Thirsty, Let Him Come to Me and Drink.
This book by R C Sproul is one I am looking forward to using with children. For adults it reminds us that along with little Ella we too know a Prince who died for His people. I was blessed to be given a copy of the Prince's Poison Cup for this review.