Song of War

Song of WarSong of War by Cliff Graham
Series: Lion of War
Genres: Biblical Fiction
Published by Five Stone Media on December 11, 2013
Pages: 214
Also by this author: Exodus

 

The kingdom is united, the Philistines subdued, but another challenge lies before King David and his mighty men—the Jebusite fortress. Said to be impenetrable, David’s ever resourceful cousin, Joab, devises a plan to capture the city. With the war season ending and in the midst of a historic storm, David’s army sets out to capture the coveted city. Success will establish his kingdom, while failure could very well cause its collapse. In the third book of the Lion of War series, Song of War is an epic tale that plunges the reader into the depths of war while lifting their hearts in praise to their God.

Song of War is an epic tale that plunges the reader into the depths of war while lifting their hearts in praise to their God.

I rarely review a book I purchase. I use purchased books as a way to take a break and just enjoy reading without analyzing. However, after finishing Song of War I realized something—this is a book I really want to talk about. I absolutely love it. It has great action, epic battle scenes, fabulous characters, but most of all it left me wanting to spend time with God meditating on who He is.

Isn’t it amazing that we have fellowship with the same God who helped David capture Jerusalem? The same God who gave David strength and direction is the same one who speaks to us today. Throughout this book, whether it’s through David or one of his mighty men, there is an ongoing theme of God’s presence. He nudges their hearts, the characters feel Him, He strengths them, they praise Him. In the midst of war the characters are empowered by their God who is fighting with them. This all comes to life on the pages of the Song of War. This story that’s thousands of years old is still so relevant today.

Song of War is a book I really want to talk about.

At the heart of this novel is obedience to God. “The ways of Yahweh are frequently mad to us”, David said. “We must obey them anyway”. There were many times along the way that David could have quit or rushed ahead. But he obeyed. He looked to God for direction and then when he received it, he didn’t try to adjust it or improve upon it. He used his skills and knowledge to implement God’s plan, but the plan was God’s and he obeyed it.

For those familiar with David’s life, they know that he failed epically, but he remained a man after God’s own heart. This book begins to hint at some of the weaknesses, which will eventually snowball into the sins he is most remembered for. But this is what makes David’s life one worth reading about and ultimately helps us to see the mercy and glory of God.

One of the remarkable aspects about David was his ability to unite Israel. But equally remarkable was his ability to garner the loyalty of historic enemies. It’s interesting to read the list of David’s might men and their countries of origin. Many of them were from enemy nations. Yet they followed him. I particularly like how Cliff highlights how these men not only followed David, but they became familiar with his God and experienced the wonder that He is.

Excellent Biblical fiction has the potential to draw readers closer to God and this is what Song of War does.

The author’s notes discuss the creative liberties taken with this book. While it is a work of fiction, it is solidly grounded in scripture. Trying to make sense of Joab regaining command of the army is going to be difficult for any author. Cliff does an excellent job of presenting a plausible explanation. Whether it is 100% correct we will never know. However, it doesn’t stretch the reader’s imagination and makes a lot of sense.

Song of War is absolutely terrific. I love it! The spiritual elements are so very strong and overwhelming. Not overwhelming as in too much or preachy, but rather overwhelming in the truth of them. Excellent Biblical fiction has the potential to draw readers closer to God and this is what Song of War does. It shows God as our glorious creator, protector, guide, ally, and defender. He fights our battles with us and He nudges our hearts to praise Him. He is God and there is no other.

“You are born with glory inside of you. Every man has courage and honor in his soul. Yahweh awakens it, and you worship Him with it.”–Song of War

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