Book Review: The Lightlings

The Lightlings 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 highly acclaimed for his works on Apologetics and Reformed Theology which is aimed at adults but The Lightlings is outstandingly aimed at conveying the truths of scripture to very young children.

The Lightlings has two key strengths the content and the illustration. With regard to the content, The Lightlings takes a unique approach to storytelling which works wondrously.  This approach uses a drama within a drama.  Sometimes this storytelling approach can be unnecessarily complex, but that cannot be said of The Lightlings, which is fast paced, clever, and whimsical.  In regard to imparting the truths of God’s Word, Dr. Sproul explains these important truths to young children without dumbing the Truth down. 

The Truth Dr. Sproul communicates is the simplicity and depth of the Gospel.  He starts with original sin, the need of a savior, and the provision of the savior in Jesus within a unique allegorical tale.  While at some points this story can become a bit wordy, this in no way distracts the child or the reader for that matter from this intriguing presentation of our sin and God’s redemptive plan of salvation.

In regard to the illustration The Lightlings, has bright colors and is skillfully 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 advance the narrative in a way mere words cannot. While the audience for The Lightlings is for ages 3 to 7, when I read it to my daughter (age under 2) she was captivated for the entirety of the story.

This book was provided to me free of charge from Reformation Trust Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

The Lightlings
© 2006 by R.C. Sproul
Publisher: Reformation Trust
Page Count: 40 Pages

ISBN-13: 9781567690781


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