KING SOLOMON – Philip Graham Ryken (2011)

King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power by Philip Graham Ryken is a candid look at the famous king who struggled with the flesh.

It is clear from the outset that the author has done his homework.  He paints historical detail onto the canvas of his exposition.  And he clearly presents the movements of Solomon’s life through the book of 1 Kings – the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The most important feature of this book is how the author weaves the gospel into the story of Solomon’s life.  The author’s conclusion is a fitting end to this gospel-saturated exposition: “Praise God for Jesus Christ, the risen King, the true and righteous Solomon of our salvation!  By the power of his resurrection, we will be able to serve God to the end of our days.  And afterwards we will rise with Solomon and all the children of God, to offer our Savior an eternity of praise.”

4 stars

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