Benaiah: Mighty Man of God by P. H. ThompsonBenaiah: Mighty Man of God by P. H. Thompson

Benaiah: Mighty Man of God

byP. H. Thompson

Paperback | May 31, 2019

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What happens when the king’s most obedient soldier is issued a wicked command?

Benaiah is valiant against men and beasts. He is known for three heroic deeds that lead to his appointment in the elite force of David’s Mighty Men: aggressively going down into a pit on a snowy day to kill a lion; fighting two Moabite ariels; and challenging a giant Egyptian, armed with only a staff, and killing him with the man’s own spear. When David is crowned king, Benaiah is made his chief bodyguard and eventually head of the whole army of Israel under King Solomon.

Reeling from the tragic cost of disobedience when he was young, Benaiah directs his life toward one chief aim: to be found a faithful, loyal, valiant and obedient soldier, servant of the King and follower of Yahweh.

But when “just following orders” leads to his part in adultery, murder and death, he questions his life’s direction. If both obedience and disobedience cause death, how can he ever find redemption?

P. H. Thompson is a former oncology nurse, turned writer. When not writing, she leads women's Bible studies, speaks at women's conferences, spoils her active grandchildren and takes long naps to recover. She and her husband live near Toronto and have two adult daughters. She is a member of The Word Guild, Canada, ACFW, the American Ch...
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Title:Benaiah: Mighty Man of GodFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:298 pages, 0.75 × 6 × 9 inShipping dimensions:0.75 × 6 × 9 inPublished:May 31, 2019Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1486618073

ISBN - 13:9781486618071

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Mighty Debut! An invigorating, fresh take on the life and times of King David, as seen through the eyes of his bodyguard, Benaiah. The Israeli dust settles on the reader as one's focus refines to the cultural norms of the story's original context, bringing it, and the characters, to life. Thompson comes out strong in her ability with this genre. Many readers will hope to see what comes next!
Date published: 2019-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12 Year Old Couldn't Put it Down I proofed a draft of this book and enthusiastically endorsed it. When a physical copy of the book arrived at my door, my 12 year old son (who often has to be coaxed to read) called dibs, had it finished within a day and a half, and was asking for more. Suffice it to say that we are all eagerly anticipating the author's next book.
Date published: 2019-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An enjoyable Book I really loved this book. It gave me a lot of insight into life at that time in history and the events that took place in King David's reign. It made the Bible come alive for me. The questions at the end were thought provoking too. Altogether, an enjoyable book to read!
Date published: 2019-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Mighty Man and a Sovereign God Pia gives personality, depth and heart to a very little known Biblical man. Benaiah's name may not even be familiar to many, but as one of David's mighty men the author imagines his life in close contact with David. This book is as much about David as it is about Benaiah. Details of David's life that might often be overlooked while reading a passage of Scripture, the author takes her time to impact with great meaning and significance, reflecting on the reactions that could have been experienced by one who walked closely by his side. As a reader, we see through Benaiah's story that every aspect of our life is purposefully planned by God. In all of life we see the sovereignty of God. A valley is protection, not despair. An enemy supplies provisions. God uses everything and everyone. "To obey is better than sacrifice" is a theme woven through each chapter of this book, as is the reminder that obedience does not equal ease, but it does eventually bring victory, even if that means waiting until eternal victory for those who know Christ personally. There are consequences for sin, but there is also grace, and the truth of mercy and forgiveness breathes hope to all who embrace the message of "Benaiah: Mighty Man of God".
Date published: 2019-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artfully Done & Full of Biblical Truth! I was excited to read this debut book from a new to me author! Our author takes a sub-character from the story of Israel's greatest kings, David in particular, and gives us a story of his life filled with the Biblical account of his life along with some artistic license to fill in what we don't know. Inside we find a lot of Biblical truth, adventure, and emotion. I found it nice that the author gave us what exactly we did and didn't know about this warrior at the end of the book. Also, our author was able to convey the culture and customs of the time in a very educative way, and there was so much Biblical wisdom uncovered through Biblical accounts we know but from a different standpoint than we had ever considered. The author also includes a study guide to help us apply truths for the contemporary reader. I feel like any Christian fiction reader or even your non-fiction reader will enjoy this book filled with true Biblical accounts and artfully done plots to fill in the unknowns. I look forward to more from this author! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
Date published: 2019-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great debut!!!! The book was well researched and told the Biblical story from the perspective of Banaiah. It's a great read even if you are not familiar with the Biblical accounts. Banaiah's ethical and personal struggles are brought to life. I read it in 3 days!!!
Date published: 2019-06-13

From the Author

What happens when the king’s most obedient soldier is issued a wicked command?Benaiah is valiant against men and beasts. He is known for three heroic deeds that lead to his appointment in the elite force of David’s Mighty Men: aggressively going down into a pit on a snowy day to kill a lion; fighting two Moabite ariels; and challenging a giant Egyptian, armed with only a staff, and killing him with the man’s own spear. When David is crowned king, Benaiah is made his chief bodyguard and eventually head of the whole army of Israel under King Solomon.Reeling from the tragic cost of disobedience when he was young, Benaiah directs his life toward one chief aim: to be found a faithful, loyal, valiant and obedient soldier, servant of the King and follower of Yahweh.But when “just following orders” leads to his part in adultery, murder and death, he questions his life’s direction. If both obedience and disobedience cause death, how can he ever find redemption?

Editorial Reviews

“For ancient cultures, stories—some rooted in history, others not—were central to passing on wisdom and knowledge. One thinks of the Bible for the Hebrews, the Epic of Gilgamesh for the Sumerians, the Iliad and Odyssey for the Greeks, and the Aeneid for the Romans. This fictional account of one of David’s Mighty Men, Benaiah, takes the small amount of history that we know about this ancient Jewish warrior, found in the cycle of stories about David in the Old Testament, and weaves a convincing story about what he might have experienced and what he might have been like. A book imparting wisdom and pleasure at the same time—it does not get much better than this!”--Michael A. G. Haykin, Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary“Benaiah: Mighty Man of God demonstrates that an author need not rely on the sort of unrestrained embellishment that characterizes many works of historical fiction in order to present a subject in vivid colors. Throughout this thrilling story, Thompson’s high view of Scripture is evident as she connects the dots to show us the life and mission of one of the central characters in King David’s administration. Even better, she skillfully reveals the central character in the Bible’s storyline: the promised Messiah. Readers of this book will find themselves reveling in the gospel of grace and glorifying the God of mercy.”--David N. Theobald, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church“In Benaiah: Mighty Man of God, P. H. Thompson fleshes out a little-known character in the Bible, a soldier during the reign of David whose exploits rivaled—and sometimes surpassed—those of the king he served. Drawing on Biblical references and her knowledge of the time and historical events, Thompson paints a fascinating portrait of a man who dedicated his life to his king and his God, and who was immortalized in the pages of Scripture as a result.”--Sara Davison, Author of the award-winning Seven Trilogy“In Benaiah: Mighty Man of God we experience the life and times of King David through the eyes of Benaiah, one of David’s Mighty Men. Benaiah’s quest for redemption drives his loyalty, but also leads to inner conflict when David orders him to do unconscionable things. A character list, Bible quotes headlining each chapter, and a set of discussion questions add clarity and value to this well-written biblical fiction. Thompson delivers a fascinating and worthwhile read.”--Violet Nesdoly, Author of Destiny’s Hands