I read 3 books in this series and this is the best.
I loved the entire biblical series.
It is midnight and I need another chapter or two before getting to sleep.
It's made me really think a lot about a man in the Bible that I've never given much thought to before.
About the Author
Katheryn Maddox Haddad spends an average of 300 hours researching before she writes a historical novel-ancient historians such as Josephus, archaeological digs so she can know the layout of cities, their language culture and politics. Having grown up freezing in the northern United States, she now lives in Arizona where she doesn't have to shovel sunshine. She basks in 100-degree weather, palm trees, cacti, and a computer with most of the letters worn off. The author of sixty-eight books, both non-fiction and fiction, she sees no letup in the future. For many years, she has been sending out every morning a daily scripture and short inspirational thought to some 30,000 people around the world. Half of her day she spends writing, and the other half teaching English over the internet worldwide using the Bible as textbook. She has taught over 6000 Muslims through World English Institute. Students she has converted to Christianity are in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Somalia, Jordan, Pakistan, Palestine, and Tajikistan. "They are my heroes," she declares. With a bachelor's degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master's degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master's degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.
Katheryn writes a very imaginative 'biography' for the grandson of king Saul who king David honours. The style is very different to what I am used to reading. This lends itself to the passage of time and many years covered. Also to the action which takes place. You see the people running and the camels or mules galloping. You feel the fear in various situations and the joy in others. I love the personality she has given this man and the way that he interacts with his enemies, seeking to put right their wrongs which comes together in the end. A true example of loving your enemies in an Old Testament story. I also love the intimacy and protection shown by Mefiboset and his wife for each other.
Overall, I really liked this book. It's made me really think a lot about a man in the Bible that I've never given much thought to before.
First the things that truly bugged me in the book. ~The author speaks WAY too much about the forests. I get that she is trying to make a point that if we don't take care of them, the trees will all be gone one day. But, I found the repeated topic quite annoying after a while. ~Sett is a great character. Almost *too* great. We never see any bad side to him. It's almost as if he was sinless. In many ways, this made his character a bit flat for me. I'd much rather seen how he overcome his inner trials - his anger at his enemies or situations, his frustration with being lame, etc. Instead he seems to just take it all in stride and it doesn't bother him. ~The way David insists on calling Sett "Jonathan". For *me*, it just made David seem a little insane, and just didn't sit well with me.
But despite those relatively minor cons, there were a lot of pros to this book. This was a well written, interesting book. I enjoyed travelling with Sett throughout his life, encountering people I knew from the Bible, and others I met for the first time. This book has definitely made me want to research more into Methibosheth's life, if it's possible. If not, I have a wonderful version of Sett in my head. :) Before I started the book, I went to the Bible and read the story of Methibosheth. I wanted the actual scriptures to compare the story to. The author, from what I can tell, has kept as much to the Biblical story of Sett. Of course, she expounds and makes up the story where the Bible doesn't give us details. But from what I can tell, she doesn't deviate from Scripture.
Thank you Kathryn for writing such a great book! I can't wait to read more in the series
I love the book. I did not know about Mefiboset at all. I have a physical limitations too, and with a foot. His adventures are inspiring. Thanks you Ms. Hard as for the story and all. I have love each book in this series and look forward to the rest as I get to the.