Have you ever wondered what it meant when someone said "he/she is a man/woman after God's own heart"? I had, I didn't quite understand. I knew it must be something to do with the way we lived or the way we stayed tuned to God during trouble but I never quite "got it". In Beth Moore's "A Heart Like His", she gives a little insight into that very addage.
"A Heart Like His" is an intense and intimate study of the life of David and it is incredible. David is one of my favorite characters in the Bible and yet I had never seen his life in this way. I was astounded as I watched his life play out and as Beth Moore was able to show me what it meant to have a heart like His. Now, I must say that I am a new Beth Moore fan and when I was given the chance to read this, I jumped...with no hesitation; and I'm glad I did. This is an incredible book (I had to read it twice just to get all the details~!!!!!
One of my favorite passsages (there were many...my book is full of underlines and margin notes) applies to my life greatly and I hope its an encouragement to everyone...
"We're going to win, but victory is going to take blood, sweat, and tears-His blood, our sweat, and tears from us both."
PLEASE find a copy of this book....you won't be sorry.
DISCLAIMER: I recieved a free copy of this book through the publisher's(Thomas Nelson Publishing) Booksneeze blogger review program, HOWEVER, I was NOT required to write a positive review. ALL thoughts and opinions are my own!!!
This is a new edition of this book. If you have never read a Beth Moore book before this is a great one to start with. If you have read her books you will love this book just as much as all the others.
This particular book delves into the life of David and his relationship with the Lord. The book describes David's life and relates it to our life today. I found the book very educational. Sermons on the life of David are preached all the time. I felt this book takes you on a unique journey that explores David's life. It is very easy to read and the authors' personality really shines when she relates David's life lessons to lessons we can learn today.
I gave this book 5/5 stars for numerous reasons. It is easy to read and easy to understand. It has lessons for your every day life and the lessons are presented in a loving manner. I think this book is a must read for all Christian interested in the life of David.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Years ago, I sat propped up in bed and began reading the hardback edition of A Heart Like His. 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 studiesâ€”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.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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.
In the book "A Heart Like His," Beth prepares us to answer the following questions:
How can a person be forgiven and restored after sin?
How can a person continue to be faithful to God when nothing seems to be going his or her way?
How can a person find God when he or she feels all alone?
How important is God's influence on the family?
Beth also informs us that by reading this book we will 'accomplish a detailed study of the books of 1 and 2 Samuel. Portions of Psalms, 1 & 2 Chronicles, and many other verses'.
At first glance the book appears to be formatted perfectly to help you study the Bible, whether alone or in a group setting. Far too often I feel that studies can seem rushed and I walk away retaining little of what was covered. Here is a book that has 52 chapters, which in my opinion allows for a year long study of David. 52 chapters = 52 weeks in a year = the ability to really study each chapter and commit it to memory. Thank you Beth Moore for yet another wonderful Bible based study. If you are looking to answer the questions listed above, if you are looking to start a Bible based study, or if you are just a Beth Moore enthusiast like I am....this is the book for you! I encourage you to get your copy and start learning about David. Shepherd. Refugee. King. Proof that God can use any of us and proof that sometimes we are capable of more than we know.
I hope you have a Blessed Saturday!
I received this book free from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."