A Tale of Three Kings Unabridged Audiobook on CD
A Different Kind of Read
Gene Edwards dedicates A Tale of Three Kings: A Study in Brokenness to brokenhearted Christians coming out of authoritarian groups, seeking solace, healing, and hope. Many Christian leaders have recommended this story that focuses on the lives of King Saul, King David, and David's son, Absalom. I was gifted with this 30-year-old book at the start of the school year, and every week or so the administrators I work with read and discuss approximately a dozen pages. This second edition contains less than 100 pages and is divided into two parts comprised of 27 chapters. Part one is about King Saul and David when he was a shepherd boy. In part two David is now king, and his son Absalom is attempting to overthrow him. The book also contains 17 discussion questions and two chapters from The Prisoner in the Third Cell (Edwards' story about John the Baptist).
Fiction is not my cup of tea, but I like how this book was based on biblical accounts. If you are fundamentalist, you probably will not like the creative liberties Edwards takes in his writings. I did not have any problemo with Edwards' view on the lives of the men he wrote about, but I want to note that we should not walk away from reading this book thinking we should never go on the offensive. The main point Edwards wants to get across is that we should not throw spears at those who throw spears at us (Matthew 5:38-42). I agree, but there are times when we are called to take action. Yes, God is sovereign. He is the supreme ruler of the universe, and He is in total control of everything. However, God calls us to respond differently to different situations. We're not David, and we should look to the ultimate David, Jesus Christ. Jesus is both the Lamb of God and the Lion of Judah. When He displayed anger, He did so righteously. Our problem is that the overwhelming majority of time when we get angry, we sin. Jesus had controlled anger when His Father was being dishonored. We usually get angry because someone says something rude to us, someone does not prepare the food we ordered in the way we like it, or hot water does not come out of the shower head for us. Through spiritual disciplines such as the reading of Scripture and prayer, we can receive the answers we need in order to know how to respond to the storms of life in a Christlike way.
So what is my final take on A Tale of Three Kings? I give the book a B-, but perhaps I would rate it higher if I was more of the poetic variety. :-)
December 27, 2012
This is a great story of humility and healing
A must read for any one going thru a difficult time of forgivness ,this is a great story of humility and healing !
I would just add be very careful with his other books ,teachings not sound in doctrine!! Tend to be directed at destroying the unity of the church be careful!!!
June 26, 2012
A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards recounts the Biblical stories of King Saul, King David and King Absalom in fictionalized form. As the story unfolds, the author frequently interrupts the story to give teaching regarding the themes and/or morals of that part of the story. The overall topic of A Tale of Three Kings is how a Christian should respond when hurt by church leadership or church members.
As for the audio quality of this recording, it was excellent. The narrator's voice was appropriate and he read the text at a perfect pace.
Regarding the content of A Tale of Three Kings, my response varied. I found the fiction portions entertaining enough. However, it was sometimes confusing and distracting when the author would jump from fiction to attempting to explain spiritual truths. I would have rather listened to a completely fiction book that challenged me to think or to a book in which the first half was fiction and the second half was teaching. I must respectfully disagree with some of the author's teachings. There is a lack of Scriptural basis for some of them. I only recommend this book to someone who is willing to consider what it teaches and examine it to see if it lines up with Biblical teaching.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from Chistianaudio as part of their Blogger Review Program. 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 CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
June 21, 2011
This is a great little audiobook.
I loved the quirkiness of it, with the author inviting you to Ã¢ÂÂwatchÃ¢ÂÂ the events unfold, in the style of a radio play.
Paul MichaelÃ¢ÂÂs narration is absolutely perfect for this and he really helps to add to the atmosphere of the story. He really drew me into the events of King DavidÃ¢ÂÂs life, so much so that I listened to the whole thing in an evening.
Its very funny in parts and had me laughing out loud, especially when referring to how God doesnÃ¢ÂÂt always tell us what we want to know, because He doesnÃ¢ÂÂt have to!! Bringing back a sense of the mystery of God that I think has been lost for years.
I can see that people who are in an abusive situation in a church would not agree with this audio, and in some respects quite rightly so.
Thanks to christianaudio.com Reviewers Program for the free copy of this audio.
April 27, 2011