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A twist on a timeless lesson

A Tale of Three Kings from Tyndale House Publishers

Gene Edwards’ A Tale of Three Kings is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Part teaching, part fiction, the book is composed of a series of vignettes, glimpses, chapter by chapter into the life of King David. As the book begins the narrator addresses you, the reader, and invites you take your seat as a play is about to begin. Over the next one hundred pages you become spectator and participant in the drama that is unfolding. At times you are watching conversations between prophets and kings at other times you are talking with the narrator. Still, at other times various characters pause to turn and interact with you giving you insight into the story as it unfolds.

The book follows two events in the life of King David. The first is David’s relationship to the increasingly insane King Saul, the first king of Israel. The second is David’s relationship to his own son Absalom who seeks to steal the throne.

Through both stories Edwards deals with the subject of brokenness. Sometimes we are called to be in difficult situations, serving under people who treat us poorly. At other times we lose things in unfair circumstances, things that we feel should rightfully be ours. Through David’s story, Edwards teaches that nothing matters except the will of God. If we are to be elevated or humbled, blessed or stripped of everything we hold dear, the will of God prevails. If we come to that realization then nothing else is important save that the Lord is pleased.

While the story is engaging, the subject matter will no doubt be difficult to swallow as we are confronted with out own shortcomings. Still, A Tale of Three Kings is a classic that shouldn’t be missed. You can’t help but walk away from it better than when you began.

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