The Merchant and the Thiefby Ravi Zacharias
Genre: Christian Children’s Book
Pages: 32 Hardcover
Date Published: April 2012
Publisher: Zonderkidz, a division of Zondervan
Prolific Author and Ministry Leader Ravi Zacharias Teaches Children About Forgiveness in a New Children’s Book Inspired by an Ancient Indian Folk Tale
Gold Medallion Book Award-winning author and ministry leader Ravi Zacharias uses his influential voice to teach children an inspiring new lesson of forgiveness through the retelling of a beloved ancient Indian folk tale in his new book THE MERCHANT AND THE THIEF: A Folktale from India (Zonderkidz; $15.99; April 2012).
Dr. Zacharias tells the story of two Indian men – Mohan, a desperate fruit vendor, stricken by poverty – and Raj, a rich man reaping the benefits of his family’s jewelry business. Mohan, who is envious of his neighbor’s wealth, plots to steal his wealthy neighbor’s precious jewels, but does not realize that Raj has a different kind of treasure in store for him: God’s love.
Through clever prose and whimsical illustrations by Laure Fournier, the story teaches children that faith, forgiveness, and God’s love hold greater value than any diamond, sapphire, or jewel.
The timeless message of forgiveness comes alive through the complex relationship of Mohan and Raj and will enchant young readers, their parents and fans of Dr. Zacharias.
Just as the author and minister evokes passion among his followers through uplifting sermons, Dr. Zacharias’ words will spark the same emotion in those who read this book. They will delight in how effortlessly he transcribes the proverbial teachings of his ministry into a riveting children’s book.
I love this book for so many reasons. Not only does you child receive a cultural lesson from the pictures and some vocabulary and names, but also a valuable moral lesson almost straight from a parable. The images are vibrant and provide for the imagination. Both men are the average man in different economical places in life. While nobody is really a “bad” guy in this story lessons are learned and all can move forward. This is one of those stories that is fun to read and your child might not even realize they are learning lessons for life.
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Thanks to Zondervan for providing an ARC version for review.
Ravi Zacharias is the author of more than twenty books, including the Gold Medallion Book Award winner Can Man Live Without God?. Dr. Zacharias is also the founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) – a global team of evangelist traveling speakers with offices throughout the world. Born in India, for the past 36 years, Dr. Zacharias has spoken all over the world and at numerous universities, including Harvard, Oxford and Princeton. He is listed as a distinguished lecturer with the Stanley Foundation and has appeared on CNN, Fox, and other international broadcasts. As the 2008 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, Dr. Zacharias spoke at the White House and the Pentagon. Dr. Zacharias resides with his wife in Atlanta. They have three grown children. www.rzim.org
Laure Fournier was born in Antibes, France. She studied at the Emile Cohl School of Art in Lyon (France) before continuing her education at Swindon College in England. Since graduating, she has been working as a children’s book illustrator.