When we read a book that is theological in nature, we ought to be asking ourselves “Does this present truth? Is this glorifying to God?”. When we are reading a theologically based book to our children, we need to be doubly sure of the firm standing of the author and of his work. In these days of weak, me-centered, man-exalting, theological quagmire, this is a very difficult assignment for parents. However, where difficulties for godly parents arise, God comes and gives more grace. He has granted us a bit of grace in the books written for children by Dr. R. C. Sproul. Beautiful pictures, deep theological truths, exceptional writing: these are the ingredients that make up most of the books for children that he has written. The Barber Who Wanted to Pray is no exception.
One of the weaknesses in modern Christianity is that most Christians either don’t understand how to pray or simply rarely take the time to pray deep and hard. Dr. Sproul is obviously aware of this need and, like the theologian, teacher, father and grandfather that he is, he has responded to it. The Barber Who Wanted to Pray is an excellent resource for parents and is based upon Martin Luther’s book on prayer, A Simple Way to Pray, that he wrote in answer to a request by his barber.
This book, like Martin Luther’s, shows us how to exalt the name of the Lord in prayer, how to go deeper in prayer, how to pray in such a way that, not only are our needs met, but that, more importantly, we learn to know God in a deeper, more intimate, way.
My children thoroughly enjoyed this book and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It has earned a permanent place on our shelves and in our hearts.
DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from Crossway as part of their blogger review program. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one. My opinions are my own.