Book Review: King of Hearts

King of Hearts (cover)I recently had the chance to read a new book by Brady Cook – King of Hearts – a comprehensive biography of King Solomon.

Bible students are familiar with Solomon – the son of David, wealthy king, builder of the temple, and the wisest man of the earth. His wisdom has been written down for us in the Scriptures, as well as a record of his failings and departure from God.

In studying the Bible, it always seemed as though there was a disconnect between Solomon the king and Solomon the wisdom writer. The king was foolish and his actions led to the downfall of the kingdom. The writer had divinely-given wisdom that showed the right course to take. How could this wise man get himself caught up into so many foolish and destructive things?

King of Hearts really helped humanize Solomon. Yes, he was blessed by God with wisdom, but he also was able to choose whether he would follow it or not, and too many times he did not. Often in Bible classes we will study EITHER the history of Solomon (Kings and Chronicles) OR the writings of Solomon (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon), which paints an incomplete picture of this man. This book pulls all of that information together to present a complete picture of King Solomon in a way that is concise and easy to read.

Not only is this book extremely helpful in understanding the history and writings of Solomon, it is also filled with practical lessons for us today. I highly recommend this book.

This book is available on Amazon – King of Hearts (affiliate link)


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