Donkeys and Kings: And Other 'Tails' of the Bible

illust. Zak Upright
2010, 66 pp
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Synopsis: What do talking donkeys, fasting lions, and wolves playing with sheep have in common? They are all found in the Bible. Author Tripp York and illustrator Zak Upright bring to life eight different stories about animals as discovered in Scripture. York spins a different account on these stories (such as the flood, Jonah, as well as Daniel and the lion's den), by attempting to imagine what it might mean to understand these narratives from the perspective of the animals. Though the short stories in this collection are written for children, adults will take much from them as they attempt to provoke the readers to new ways of understanding some of the most popular stories in the Bible.
"With this book Tripp York participates in that venerable 'truth-by-parable' Christian tradition, in which sage storytelling trumps both clever systematic logic and avalanches of information. The literary genre may be 'fiction,' yet York's non-human eye-witnesses reveal again the genius of the biblical narrative. Readers are, therefore, invited to see once more the scandalous biblical message-a gospel too 'absurd' for the self-assured, too 'weak' for the self-reliant, and too 'unsophisticated' for the self-righteous.
-Richard C. Goode Lipscomb University
GenreBiblical Retelling
PublisherWipf and Stock Publishers

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