Raised in obscurity, young David would not have featured on a list of candidates for the future king of Israel—but God had different ideas! Read, here, about how God’s magnificent plan unfolded in the life of this remarkable man and in the lives of those around him.
About the Author
Michael Bentley worked as a bookshop manager and served in the British army before his call to the ministry. He has a diverse background, which includes freelance religious reporting for national and religious radio and television, being a Religious Education teacher, and holding pastorates in Surrey, South East London, and Berkshire. He is also closely involved with his local community as a member of various committees and councils. His hobbies include singing second bass in the Bracknell Choral Society. Now retired, he still preaches regularly and has a ministry of writing, with some twelve books in print including Opening Up Amos and David—Encountering the king who reigned in power. He lives in Bracknell with his wife, Jenny, and has five children and seven grandchildren.
‘Michael Bentley has an enviable knowledge of the Bible and an admirably simple way of relating its events, and then interweaving the stories with their relevance to our life. Thus, we see how the actions related in the bible can still be appropriate today in the way we live our lives.’
—Fran Godfrey, BBC Radio 2 Newsreader/Announcer
‘It is easily the most fascinating account of David’s life that I have ever read. As a believer I profited, I learned, I was challenged and I gained biblical knowledge and insight. It seemed as though David was a contemporary, living somewhere near me, facing many of the same difficulties I face—yes, contemporary in the best biblical sense.’
—Dr Kent Philpott, pastor of Miller Avenue Church, Mill Valley, California, USA, coach of the San Quentin Prison Baseball team
‘“Do I know David better having read this book?” was the question I asked myself on reading it, and the answer was a resounding yes! For the pastor, it will provide a very useful overview on the life of David but also the individual or home-group will find it an excellent study guide with the helpful points for discussion and further study in each chapter.’
—Rev Jim Downey, pastor of Trinity Church, Liphook, Hants., England