Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Book Review - The Donkey That No One Could Ride
Bestselling author Anthony DeStefano begins his creative telling of the beloved Bible story of Christ’s triumphant entry by introducing the young donkey who has yet to realize his important mission. The lowly creature believes he can do nothing noble, but that’s before he meets the Master...
Then Jesus said to the donkey,
“It’s time that you knew
About the great thing
That you’re destined to do...”
He hears the sad donkey cry,
“Just leave me alone and cast me aside.
I’m just a poor donkey that no one can ride.”
Richard Cowdrey’s colorful illustrations pair beautifully with Anthony’s charming rhymes. Together, they bring this timeless story of the donkey who carries Jesus into Jerusalem to a joyful finish. While especially appropriate as an Easter gift, this year-round story is for all time and for young and old alike.
My Take on the Book
Anthony DeStefano uses a favorite Bible story about Jesus's ride into Jerusalem. He introduces the reader to a young donkey who felt he could not accomplish anything . He was a donkey but no one could ride him. The donkey was weak and small . He could not haul stones or pull a cart.
Finally his owner sent him away and tied him to a post. The donkey was so very sad.
One day two men took the donkey to meet Jesus. Jesus told the donkey he was about to do a great thing and the donkey had faith he could perform the task of carrying Jesus into Jerusalem.
Faith is believing in God's love for us. So renew your hopes and remember that faith can give you strength to carry on when you may not think you can continue moving forward.
This is a beautiful story in well written poetic rhyme.
Richard Cowdrey created the illustrations. The detail he shows in the faces of the characters shows their emotions. You will feel the sadness and unbridled happiness of the donkey as he changed from the beginning to the end of the book. The human characters show the same intricate details.
I feel this book would be an excellent addition to a family's library at home or a gift to your church's Sunday school classes.
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