- Publisher: Christian Books (1980)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000KEL2D0
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,150,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Tale of Three Kings Paperback – 1980
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More About the Author
Gene grew up in the East Texas oil fields and entered college at the age of 15. He graduated from East Texas State University at 18 with a bachelor's degree in English history and received his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Gene is part of the house-church movement, and he travels extensively to aid Christians as they begin meeting in homes rather than in church buildings. He also conducts conferences on living the deeper Christian life.
Gene and his wife, Helen, reside in Jacksonville, Florida, and have two grown children.
Top Customer Reviews
Aside from style-related problems, Edwards does cull some meaningful insights from the story of David and Saul in Part 1. David's refusal to rebel against Saul, especially when he had the chance to kill him, is a powerful illustration of how we need to react to our authorities, even those who are abusing their position. The author makes some excellent points about how God used David's suffering to bring him to a point of brokenness, and how David always treated Saul as God's anointed despite his wicked behavior.
His observations in Part 2 are less helpful. He makes some good points about David's humble heart and how we need to examine ourselves and trust God when someone is challenging our authority, but he wrongly portrays David's reaction to Absalom's rebellion.Read more ›
How David coped with these insane situations with God's love, grace, and wisdom have changed my life. The patience, respect for God, surrender, and trust in the Lord spoke powerfully to me through the years of history between us. David's unique reactions revealed Jesus Christ to me in a new way.
David's struggles dwarfed mine but the lessons of his life challenged me to become a better Christian - a man of honor - a man of God.
Gene Edwards has a gift for cutting through difficult topics on a unique slant. He brings a new level of understanding to old problems, stories, and issues. There were times when reading this book that I had to stop, lay it down, and catch my breath as new revelation washed over me.
A strong recommendation for the thoughtful believer who is willing to go to the next level of faith.
Gene Edwards' A Tale of Three Kings, which he claims to have written to "comfort" (p. xii) those who have been abused by authority, uses a combination of highly selective Scriptural accounts of the life of David, fictionalization and fabrication to lead readers into practicing denial of truth, isolation and passivity in the name of "healing" (p. xii). Edwards' approach goes way beyond a call to love and do right by those who hate and wound us, and potentially deceives wounded believers into enabling the victimization of themselves and others, while at the same time it seeks to deny them the ability to recognize their victimization for what it is.
Edwards' story is presented as a fairy tale, yet it is also presented as a model for living. This model specifically advocates denial of the truth in chapter 7. "First of all, he must pretend he cannot see spears. ... Last, he must pretend nothing happened" (p. 19). Thus Edwards irresponsibly encourages victims to brainwash themselves into ignoring problems, and potentially sets up further victimization.
Furthermore, Edwards pressures victims into isolation.
There's only one way to leave a kingdom:
All alone. [p. 28]
Edwards' apparent purpose is to avoid "split[ting] the kingdom" (p. 27).Read more ›
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Amazing read. Really puts your life into perspective. If you desire to know the motives of your heart this book will help.Published 8 days ago by Cecil
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Excellent. Could not put it down. Deep. Came away with new insights.Published 10 days ago by Monda L. Smart
This is a great book, but be forewarned it will challenge you as a Christian. Submission to spiritual authority, trusting God in the midst of severe injustice, none of these are... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Todd A. Hooper
Why have I never read this book before now? I just read the whole book in one day. I'm not much of a reader, so the somewhat short length as well as the narrative writing style... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Shane McKnight
This book has changed the way that I view leadership and character development. It has changed the way I go about interacting with others and the way I pray. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer