Page count: 336 Pages
Publication date: May 2012
Authors: Beth Moore and Dale McCleskey
We all go through times when we feel insignificant or times when we feel certain that we have experienced a degree of failure from which there is no return. This is not a reality we experience alone, but is one that a man after God’s heart experienced as well.
In “A Heart Like His,” Beth Moore looks at this bond of mutual love and admiration between a man who was not unlike any of us and the one true God who is all good and all powerful. The book is an exploration of David’s incredible life, drawing spiritual insights from a man who boldly fulfilled his divine destiny not merely by what he did, but who he loved and served.
Bringing lessons from David’s life to bear on your own, this picture of a man who loved and followed God will help you to serve with a heart focused on Him no matter the circumstance.
I have long been intrigued by David. I love reading Psalms; I find comfort and wisdom in Psalms. David's life was very interesting, to say the least, with all the ups and downs! This book is an in-depth study on the life of David from beginning (his youth as a shepherd) to end (his death).
David was a complex man. David was not only a shepherd and a king, but also a musician and a warrior. David had a close relationship with God. Even though he had human flaws (a sinful nature) just like any of us, he's called a man after God's own heart. Why? Could it be because He knew God intimately and his (contrite) heart sought after God's heart; he also displayed many virtues/ characteristics of God (such as humility, loving kindness, justice, etc.)? Wouldn't you like to be known as a woman after God's own heart or a man after God's own heart? I know I would :).
The authors explore David's emotions, behavior, words, experiences, his highs and lows, his interaction with God, and much more. His life definitely would make a great soap opera :). But that's not why we want to study him. We can learn so much about God and about ourselves from his life, including his mistakes. We're shown what to do and what not to do. This book will lead you to take a closer look at 1 and 2 Samuel, portions of Psalm, 1 and 2 Chronicles, and some other verses. An enjoyable and insightful read! I highly recommend A Heart Like His!
"One sure measurement of our proximity to God, whether near or far, is the length of time between conviction and repentance." (p. 98)
"A moment's revenge is not worth the cost of alienation from God, not even the revenge we've waiting for and feel so justified to seize!" (p.99)
"No doubt God's heroes are those who never forget His faithfulness. May we be counted among them." (p.121)
~ I received a copy of this book for free from Shelton Interactive in exchange for my honest review.