The Priest With Dirty Clothes

The Priest With Dirty Clothes Book Review

priestTitle: The Priest with Dirty Clothes

Author: R.C Sproul

Publisher: Open Eyes

Published: February, 2011

ISBN: 9781567692105

Genre: Children’s Christian

Pages: 45

Price: $14.40

Rating: For all Ages


About the book:

In this new edition of his classic story, The Priest with Dirty Clothes, Dr. R.C. Sproul continues his project of illustrating theological concepts for children. In this book, he teaches the concept of imputation, which lies at the heart of the important biblical doctrine of justification.

Using the story of Joshua the high priest (Zechariah 3:1–5) as his jumping-off point, Dr. Sproul weaves a classic tale about a young priest who is invited to preach his first sermon before the king and his court. But on his way to the palace, he falls from his horse, getting his clothing hopelessly muddy. Jonathan finds that he needs powerful help if he is to stand before the king. This edition of The Priest with Dirty Clothes includes all-new illustrations by Justin Gerard and a new “For the Parents” section to help them bring out the truths of the book for their children.

My thoughts:

As a parent I think it’s very important to teach your children how to treat people well.  I really loved this book because it retold a well know bible story in a way for kids to understand and learn from it.  The story is about the priest who had to do a sermon in front of the king.  On his way to the castle he fell in a puddle of mud and got dirty.  He felt horrible about his clothes and tried to clean him self up.  When he couldn’t get clean he still went to the castle to preach his sermon.  When he stood in front of the people someone stood up and said something about his clothes.  The king asked him about it and he told him how he fell so the king told him to come back when his clothes was clean.  He was on a quest to get clean.  In this story you learn about how the priest clothes was not just dirty but so was his heart and he needed to get it cleaned.

This story broke it down so easily so my kids understand that God sent his son to clean their heart and soul so they can be clean.  I liked teaching them that they should treat all people kindly and to help others when they need assistance.  In this book they didn’t make any of the story complicated and God was referred to as the Kind and Jesus was the kind and caring Prince.  He gave his clothes to the priest as a way of making him clean again.  The book wasn’t long and drawn out and in the back it had a guide for parents use to ask questions and teach your children even more.  It’s a book I plan to revisit several times when my children are older and they are more aware of the lessons in this book.  I also liked all the illustrations from the book.  They were creative and told the story of the words on that page.  They were just right for children of all ages.

You can buy the book online on the Ligonier Ministries.

Disclosure: I was provided an e-book for review, any opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.


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