Tuesday, May 05, 2009
The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David By Eleanor Gustafson
A young teen, a prideful rebel, a fallible leader, a poet and musician---and a man after God's own heart! Told through Levite historian Asaph's eyes, this retelling of King David's life shows our innate need to rely on God for strength---and how bad it can go when we fail to do so.
A review of The Stones: Take a deep breath on page 28, because the action takes off and never lets up for even a minute until the last words of David on page 592. Although the main plot is completely defined by the scriptural account, the author uses her considerable imagination to describe the moment-by-moment unfolding of those events with raw and realistic emotion and energy. Her assessment of the personality quirks of the many players in the epic drama that was David’s life turned some of my notions on their heads. The culture and worldview of Old Testament Israel was clearly not that of modern evangelicals! The spirituality of a warrior king with many moral and relational weaknesses does not look like that of the apostles in the first century. Some readers may find this unsettling. Yet this was a man after God’s own heart. Not because he had it all together, but because of how he responded to his failures and to his understanding of who God is. I found this re-telling of David’s story compelling because the story came boldly to life, with nonstop action, intrigue, triumphs and reversals. Even though I know the story, I found myself on the edge of my seat wondering how it would play out in living color.
Number of Pages: 601
Vendor: Whitaker House Publishers
Publication Date: January 5, 2009
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)