Friday, December 2, 2011

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray - book review

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray
by R.C. Sproul
Illustrated by T. Lively Fluharty

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray is story within a story.  A father is leading family devotions, and his young daughter asks him to teach her how to pray.  The father then goes on to tell her the story of a barber who asked Martin Luther the very same question.

I was a little put off early in the story by the barber's very descriptive thought of how to kill Martin Luther while shaving him.  I suppose I felt it was unnecessary and inappropriate for a children's book.  If you have a sensitive child, this may make them uneasy.

I think this is a good introduction on how to move prayer beyond memorization to coming from the heart, but the book discusses how to pray through The Ten Commandments, The Lord's Prayer, and The Apostles' Creed, so consider this, and the historical and religious background of the story while considering if this book is suitable for your family.

I found the illustrations absolutely beautiful, but they are not the bright, colorful and engaging illustrations that are normally appealing to younger children.  While my 5 year old can handle rich language, I do think the content is still a little above him at this time, so I definitely believe the age guidelines of 8 and up is appropriate.

**I received a complimentary copy of this book trough the Crossway Homeschool Book Review program, in exchange for my honest review.

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