THE DONKEY AND THE KING A Story of Redemption

A donkey named Baruch longs for an easier life beyond the stable with no heavy burdens and no one to tell him what to do. He sets out on a harrowing journey and becomes lost in the wilderness, but finds “good” in the most unlikely of places.

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I want to give a shout out to my illustrator for this book. Thank you, Linda S. DiFranco, for your beautiful artwork. And reader, remember that Linda hid the word “good” on every page because there is “good” in the world and it’s worth looking for until you find it.

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“Not only is this a great book for children, but it also introduces the animals from the Seventh Dimension series! And tells us about meeting the King! It’s a great prelude to The Door, which is coming next… Reminded me of long ago when, when you went to a movie, you got to see a cartoon prior to the main feature! LOL Except this one is directly related to the upcoming story…

“Baruch became a Child of the King! And so did the other animals in the book! I loved it!

“Baruch was unhappy living where he was and working as he did…He was missing something and sure would like not to have to carry somebody else’s burdens all the time…So he decided to leave… But Baruch was well liked and his friend’s tried to get him to stay home. But all Baruch could think about was how free he would be and that he wouldn’t have chores everyday…

“He was going–he had to–but he said someday he’d be back to see them…

“Many of us lose our way due to problems that arise or feelings we have that we believe cannot be discussed even with parents or friends… We may be facing somebody who is a bully when we get to school. Or, maybe the classes are presenting problems–mine was learning higher math–and you know your teacher won’t help… Sometimes you just feel like you are all alone and nobody cares…But wait somebody came to find Baruch!

“How cool it was to have somebody tell Baruch that somebody loved him…and, guess, what, he loves all of us! And that’s why I’m highly recommending this to all of you who have children or small relatives who may not know that the King loves them!


“This is the story of Baruch, the donkey, who is unhappy with his life as a beast of burden. He decides to run away. His friends urge him not to and warn him of the dangers. But Baruch yearns for a better life and leaves anyway. Before long he realizes he made a mistake and he is alone, cold and afraid.

“The King sends Little (a sheep) to help him, but Baruch fears he will be punished by the King for running away. Little tells Baruch that the King is the one who sent the sheep to help him and tells Baruch stories about the King. Baruch begins to see himself as a donkey the King loves rather than a beast of burden. He is then able to enter the gate and approach the King.

“The story is full of symbolism and the illustrations are perfect. You can see the emotions the characters are feeling.

“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light’ (Matthew 11:28-30).”


The Donkey and The King (A story of Redemption) is an inspirational book written by Lorilyn Roberts. It tells the story about a Donkey named Baruch who was tired of carrying around heavy burden and long for an easier life beyond the stable. So he decided to leave his friends at the stable. And also, how the King sent a Sheep named Little to find Baruch when he got lost and led him to the King’s garden to meet the King.

“This lovely book illustrated by Linda S. DiFranco, has a hidden word that shows everything works together for good for those who love the Lord.

“The King said to Baruch, “You were lost, but now you are found.” Matthew 11:28-30. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

“I highly recommend this book for kid age 4 – 8 years.

When I was young, I hated doing chores. I suppose I was this donkey, rebellious and self-determined, but desperate for a friend—the one friend who would never leave me (or you).

Travel to the Bible lands and meet Baruch, a stubborn donkey, and other lovable animals:  Lowly, the pig; Much-Afraid, a small, lame dog; Worldly Crow, who isn’t as bright as he thinks he is; and a sheep, Little, sent on a special mission by the King. The ending of the story will delight young readers as they discover “good” exists in the world if they look and listen for it.


Worldly Crow squawked, “You’re making a big mistake. I know because I’ve been around. You’re headed for trouble.”

Much Afraid, a brown and white crippled dog, followed close behind.
“Please don’t go,” she cried.

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Children in Nepal looking for the word "good" on every page in “The Donkey and the King.”