Sunday, December 29, 2013

Book Preview: Transformed by Love (the Story of the Song of Solomon) by Kevin King

BLURB: King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, called this his 'Song of Songs.' But through the centuries many have struggled to make sense of it. Who is the mysterious woman with whom the king is so in love? What is her story - and why is it in the Bible? In this devotional exposition and modern English translation, we follow the heart-searching highs and lows of their relationship as we unravel the answers to these questions. We see how lovingly and patiently Solomon wins her heart and confidence until finally, freed from her past, she becomes the magnificent queen that he first saw her to be. But what of Solomon himself? He is not what we would expect: at heart a shepherd, an adventurer, a lover of wild, open spaces. And as the story progresses we come to understand the prophetic significance of Solomon's vision of the 'shepherd king' - and why his attempts to fulfill it himself caused his downfall. Yet, more importantly, we see how perfectly it is fulfilled, and all out deepest needs met, in the ultimate 'Good Shepherd' and 'King of Love,' Jesus Christ.

The author submitted to me an excerpt from Transformed by Love. In putting together this preview, I additionally viewed the material on the Look Inside feature on Amazon.

The Preface and Introduction explain not only how the author came to write this book, but also explore Biblical history and the origins of the 'Song of Songs.' Additionally, the author offers information about how he approached problems with translations. Starting with chapter 1, verses 2 - 6, the author shares a verse and then comments on it: identifying people, discussing word usage, explaining what is happening, and showing how the text applies today.

Not being overly familiar with this book of the Bible leaves me at a slight disadvantage. It's not one I've used with my students and not one I've studied on my own. But I like what the author says in this devotional commentary and would definitely like to see more.

File Size: 256 KB
Print Length: 124 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1621370992
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Publishing; 1 edition (July 16, 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Also available in paperback:

Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Publishing (July 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1621370992
ISBN-13: 978-1621370994

I received a copy of the first chapter from the author. This preview contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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