Sunday, August 19, 2012

Weekend Book Review ~ A Heart Like His (Beth Moore)

What does it mean to be "a man after God's own heart?"

In, A Heart Like His: Intimate Reflections on the Life of David, Beth Moore delves into the life of David. From his days as a humble shepherd boy, through his anointing by God through Samuel, on to his days of sin and its resulting despair, and finally on to the days of his redemption when he turns back to his first love, his Heavenly Father, Beth Moore spins the story of David's life and his intimate relationship with God.

David, the young boy who was overlooked as a potential future king by his own earthly father. David, the young man of great faith who conquered the giant Goliath with just a sling and a stone. David, the young man who played soothing ballads for the mentally-tormented King Saul. David, the refugee who fled for his life as it was being pursued by a jealous King Saul.

And we see David, the young king with a heart of deep longing for God. David, a new king who knew that the only way to lead was by following God's leading. David, the sin-stained king who turned his back and fell into the trap of pride and self-sufficiency. David, the despairing king who suffered great torment as a result of sin. David, the redeemed king who knew that the only way back up was to turn back to God.

This book is an intimate look into David's life. The story of his life is spun through Moore's great storytelling ability, and draws the reader in to witness the many peaks and valleys of David's life.

But not only is this a biography, but, as usual, Beth Moore applies David's struggles and triumphs to our lives in the post-modern world. What does it mean to have a heart like His? How do we get there? What happens when we fail and fall into the pit of sin and then despair? Does God really continue to love us and seek us even when we mess up royally?

All of these questions are answered through the examination of David's life in this book.

In addition to reading this book, there are study questions for each chapter included in the back of the book. These questions could be used in your individual study time or in a group setting.

I enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed every other book of Moore's I have read. I have always found David to be an interesting and intriguing man from the Scriptures, and I feel that this book offered glimpses into his life that I had never previously seen.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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