A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards (audiobook)

It’s all too common in today’s church: Christians hurting Christians. A critical comment, an unforgiving stare, a no-holds-barred battle among church members. In the end one or both parties are wounded, a testimony has been harmed, and the only winner is Satan. In A Tale of Three Kings, author Gene Edwards speaks to those who have been harmed at the hands of other believers. He uses two biblical accounts – those of the relationship between David and Saul and that between Absalom and David – to deliver a message of hope, comfort, and healing.

This is a beautiful story. Edwards’ use of the stories of David’s relationship to Saul and then to Absalom to instruct and offer healing is profound. I will never look at these two stories in the same light again and will never again see church conflict as I did before, either.

The audiobook edition, read by Paul Michael, is excellent. I listened to it twice on a trip to bring my grandparents home from Florida, first by myself on the plane and then with my grandparents in the car. The narrator’s soothing voice combined with the author’s soothing words to deliver an experience unlike any other. I took much more away from my second listening and encourage you to listen more than once to gain all the insight found within the book. It’s very short, so listening multiple times is easy to do.

On a personal note, my grandparents left my church ten years ago after some sad occurrences. Two weeks after listening to this book, they started attending again. I won’t say that this book is responsible for that, but I am certain that God used it in His plan to bring them home. I praise the Lord for that.