In return for my honest review, I received a copy of The Priest with Dirty Clothes from Reformation Trust Publishing.
How do we explain sin to children? How do we help them understand that the problem of sin has nothing to do with behavior – that we can’t earn our own sanctification by behaving well more times than we behave badly?
In The Priest with Dirty Clothes (published by Reformation Trust Publishing), Theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul does a fantastic job of helping children understand the problem of sin – both the consequence (not being able to stand before a holy God with a dirty heart) and the stain immoveable stain sin creates across our heart. Through story, Dr. Sproul explains to children up to age 8 that they cannot remove sin’s stain on their own. Instead, they must rely on the grace, mercy and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
The Priest with Dirty Clothes is based on the story of Zechariah 3:1-5, in which the high priest Joshua stands between the angel of the Lord, with Satan accusing him. Joshua’s clothes are dirty, but the angel of the Lord rebukes Satan and replaces Joshua’s clothing with clean garments.
The book opens with the story from Zechariah, then moves into the narrative. Two siblings ruin their clothes making mudpies. Their distressed mother laments the state of their clothes to their visiting grandfather, who launches into a tale. Grandfather tells the children the story of the priest with the dirty clothes – an allegory of Zechariah 3:1-5. Grandfather then explains to the children that Jesus gives us new clothes for our heart (or, rather, a new heart altogether). The book ends with 5 pages of discussion questions and answers (with Scripture references) for parents.
The Priest with Dirty Clothes is a fantastic addition to any family library. In addition to the important message, the book itself is beautiful. Illustrated by Justin Gerard, it is certain to be a book you and your children value for both its content and its asthetics. Dr. Sproul does a wonderful job of helping children understand important and difficult concepts.
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Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.