Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Barber Who Wanted to Pray

I received a new Children's book from Crossway.org for review, The Barber Who Wanted to Pray (Retail $17.99)
Based on a true story, it tells of a visit to a barber by a famous outlawed monk (Martin Luther). The book is beautifully, if a little darkly, illustrated.

I'm not sure what age this is intended for, but I refrained from using it with my 4 year old. I was disturbed  in the beginning, by the recounting of the story, and the emphasis on the power of life and death, that barbers used to hold in their hands. Pages 12-14 held just a little too much information, a little too graphic, for a children's picture book, in my opinion. I feel the story would have been better served by focusing only on Martin Luther's conversation with the Barber.

There are some good points to be gained from reading this book~ that prayer can be simple, but kept from being "rote." That the Ten commandments, The Lord's Prayer, and the Apostle's Creed can help to create a structure for personal prayer. You can preview the book below, and determine if perhaps this book would be a good fit for your family (I realize that every family's filter is a little different, and what bothers me, may not be an issue for you. ;) ).


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