But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) “A Tale of Three Kings” is a book that can offer hope to the hopeless, and healing to the brokenhearted. This is a book that will help you to look inside yourself and see if the desires of your heart are truly pure. People will read this book and get a genuine understanding of what it means to be an honorable and humble servant of God. We are introduced to three kings that each possess different characteristics based on the intentions they have hidden in their hearts. Do you have a jealous, angry, and proud heart like that of Saul? Do you have a heart of evil, betrayal, and rebellion like that of Absalom? Or can you truly say that you have a pure heart; filled with love, forgiveness, and submission to God, like that of King David? Throughout the bible we see how God uses broken vessels and imperfect people to carry out His purposes. I believe the author’s intention and main theme was to show the hurting Christian that there is hope if they persevere and submit themselves to God. In order to do this you need to have a heart transplant by removing the selfish, immoral beliefs that Saul and Absalom have placed within us. When we learn to break down these barriers and change our hearts, only then are we able to change who we are as a person. The desires of our heart can have such a stronghold on us to where we aren’t able to see things that are true, noble, pure, and lovely. We become more interested in the things of this world like power, wealth, and reputation; all which have no eternal value. The bible says in (Matthew 6:21) “for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Nelson, 1569) Another major theme that I picked up from this book was how David would always
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