In Day of War Cliff Graham takes the Biblical account found in 2 Samuel 23 and I Chronicles 11 of the life of David and the soldiers committed to protect him from King Saul. He flawlessly brings the reader into their day-to-day battles of war and survival. References to David’s destiny to the throne of Israel are told through campfire tales from seasoned soldiers to the soldiers new to David’s company. Day of War carries the reader from the time of David’s exile until the death of King Saul. This is the first in a planned five-part series.
The exploits of David during his exile are briefly mentioned in Scripture. Griffin’s purpose is to suppose what life would be like and to flesh out the men who lived during this historical period of time. To accomplish this he studied authentic Jewish resources, read current books about David and spent time in Israel itself. He includes notes on his historical research.
This is the first time I read a movie. No, by this I don’t mean that I’ve read a book that will be a movie (although it seems that rights to this series are in the works) but that I was so engrossed in the book that the events became real. As I was standing on the battlefield blood spattered across my face. The stench of blood, bile and death filled my nostrils. In my efforts to stay with David’s men I tripped over dead bodies. It was real. This book is not for the faint of heart. The images were so authentic that I read a movie.
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