Years ago, I sat propped up in bed and began reading the hardback edition of A Heart Like His: Intimate Reflections on the Life of David. For all my love of Bible Study, I’d never read one of Beth Moore’s books before. A friend had recommended it to me and I settled in that night planning to read the book quickly and voraciously.
Normally, I speed through books, but this time I couldn’t. After growing up in the church and hearing the stories of David portrayed on hundreds of flannel boards, I was shocked by the fresh perspective of Beth Moore. Shocked that I had so much to learn about David. Shocked by the application and challenge in each chapter of the book.
So I slowed down and read the book in small pieces. Now that I’ve re-read the book in the paperback edition, I knew what to expect from Beth’s studies—in-depth discussion of Scripture and continual life application. This is not Bible Study aimed at filling our heads with knowledge; it’s a passionate look at Scripture so that we can learn, change and grow.
The book is divided into 52 chapters and covers the backstory leading up to David’s life and kingship all the way to his death and the legacy he left with his son Solomon. Each chapter is short and easy to read in one sitting with prompts directing you to the passage of Scripture being covered so you can read it first in your own Bible. Whenever possible, she aligns the descriptions of David’s life with his own poetry and songs, making this an in-depth study of 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Chronicles and portions of the Psalms that works well for individuals or groups.
Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to a group of women share what they had learned after studying the life of David for nine months as a group. Some women confessed struggling to understand how a guy who made so many mistakes could have a heart like God’s. Others stood to their feet and admitted that they felt just like David and his need for God’s grace. Ultimately, any study of David isn’t really about David at all; it’s about God and how He works to draw us to Him, to transform and mature us, and to make us usable vessels that bring Him glory. That’s just a portion of what you’ll learn as you read this book, which makes it worth reading, studying, re-reading, and sharing with others.
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