The Donkey And The King ….A Story of Redemption…By: Lorilyn Robert


The Donkey And The King ….A Story of Redemption
By: Lorilyn Robert
Illustrated by: Linda S. DiFranco


The Donkey and the King is a story of love with Christian symbolism and allegory. A donkey named Baruch longs for an easier life beyond the stable. He dreams of a life with no heavy burdens and no one to tell him what to do.

After leaving the safety of the stable, the donkey becomes lost in the wilderness, but the King sends him a friend. With his new friend, a sheep, the donkey sets out on a journey that you won’t forget.

Each page is beautifully illustrated with the word “good” hidden in the artwork. Children will learn that everything works together for good to those who love the King. The Donkey and the King will warm your heart and fill you with God’s unconditional love.


In The Donkey and the King, Lorilyn Roberts teaches Jesus’ love and forgives to children through a cast of small animals. Baruch thought the world was better on the other side of the way he was living, so he decided to take off and see what the future holds for him. He thought he would be free and no one could tell him what to do. He soon finds out that life is not what it’s cracked up to be in the world. He misses his friends and the safety of his home.

On his journey he meets a sheep that was sent by the King to find Baruch, which really scares Baruch because he couldn’t figure out why the King, who didn’t even know him, would send the sheep to find him. This couldn’t be good!

This book is absolutely precious! I love the beautiful story of Baruch the donkey and how he found forgiveness in his life. Of course my almost 3 year old niece has a donkey named Jake, so she wouldn’t hear of this one’s name being Baruch, it was Jake for her! (sorry Lorilyn, I couldn’t convince her ).  She adores this book and carries it around with her a lot. She reads it herself now, looking at the pictures and telling her own story. The story of Baruch is beautiful and has a wonderful message, the colors are captivating and will capture the interest of children. And the sweet adorable animals on the front of the book will have your child begging for this adorable book.

I highly recommend this book for your child’s library. You just can’t go wrong having a strong Bible based book teaching children the truth of the love and forgiveness of Jesus, and why we really celebrate Christmas. And it also teaches the valuable lesson of being content, that things are not always better with someone else or in another situation. I can’t say enough about the illustrations in the book either! The animals are so cute and adorable and the colors are beautifully blended together. You just gotta see this book to believe it!

I want to thank the author Lorilyn Roberts for providing a copy of this book for me to read and review. I was not expected or required to give a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.



This is sort of my professional bio, you know, the one that goes on backs of books, sidebars of magazines, and under your picture when you become famous. If you want to read a personal slant, go to:

Lorilyn Roberts was born in Tampa, Florida, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama in 1993 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities/Social Sciences. She won an award for “Outstanding Senior Project” for her coursework that included studying at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in Jerusalem. Her Biblical studies and career as a television captioner give her a unique perspective to write from a Christian worldview.

Lorilyn enjoys writing about family, parenting, animals, Biblical topics, politics, world events, fantasy, young adult, children’s stories, memoirs, and controversial topics. She is completing her Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Perelandra College


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  1. Thanks, Joy, for your wonderful review. I would like to let your readers know that a YA fantasy book with these same animals will be available in a couple of months. The name of the book is Seventh Dimension, The Door, and will introduce a young 14-year-old named Shale Snyder who also goes on an adventure and meets Baruch, Much-Afraid, Lowly, Little, and Worldly Crow, as well as a lovable white bunny named Cherios (new animal character).

    Anyone who would like to be added to my mailing list can easily do so by contacting me at or visiting my blog at

    To read a sneak peek of the prologue and the first bit of chapter one, they can visit:

    Here is a short blurb:

    Scarred emotionally by an early childhood accident and dysfunctional family, Shale seeks acceptance by others, only to be bullied and falsely accused. Following suspension from school, she is befriended by a stray dog that woos her into another dimension. There she discovers she has an unusual gift which teaches her the secrets of a powerful king, but is it enough to learn forgiveness and overcome her tragic past?

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