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David the King: True Repentance

By Carine Mackenzie
Christian Focus Publications

Geanies House
Fearn, Tain
Ross-shire IV20 1TW
Scotland, UK
Tel: 01862 871011

This short book is one in a series of books about the lives of David and Moses. It is intended for elementary students. It covers some difficult subjects, and you should be prepared to talk with your children about the Biblical content. This book retells 2 Samuel 11-19 and 1 Kings 1-2, which is the account of King David having an affair with Bathsheba, having her husband killed, and suffering consequences throughout his life as a result. The book reminds young readers about the important difference between feeling sorry and being truly repentant, and it ends by reminding readers that anyone who confesses sin and trust in Jesus will be forgiven.

The dramatic full-color illustrations are excellent, and the title page lists the Bible references where the story can be found. I would recommend this book and others in the series to mature elementary students whose parents are willing to take time to thoroughly discuss the content with their young readers.

Product review by Karen Yuen, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC, July 2010

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