Book Review: The Prince’s Position Cup

The Prince’s Poison Cup written by R.C. Sproul and published by Reformation Trust Publishing, and is one of the children’s titles currently offered under this publisher.  Dr. Sproul is world renowned for works on Reformed Theology and Apologetics aimed at adults but The Prince’s Poison Cup is uniquely aimed at conveying the truths of scripture to very young children.


The Prince’s Poison Cup has two major strengths: the story and the illustration. With regard to the story, The Prince’s 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 Prince’s Poison Cup, which is fast paced, sharp, and witty.  


With regard to communicating the truths of God’s 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 Prince’s Poison Cup has vivid colors and is masterfully drawn so that it not only captures a child’s 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 Prince’s 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.

Prince’s Poison Cup
© 2008 by R.C. Sproul
Publisher: Reformation Trust
Page Count: 35 Pages

ISBN-13: 9781567691047

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