The Heart of the King

“The Heart of the King” is an intensive examination of the hearts of King Saul and King David with an emphasis upon the kind of leader that gains the favor of God.

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The Heart of the King is a biblical study of Israel’s first two kings and the contrasting choices each made that shaped their destiny, defined their character, and determined their legacy.

While prideful arrogance and willful rebellion marked the character of Saul, David although imperfect, emerges in stark contrast as “the man after God’s own heart.” With the turbulent ups and downs of a Shakespeare-like tragedy, the successive stories of the two kings compel the reader to probe deeply into matters of the heart and the potential that lies within us all for either darkness or light. With a strong emphasis on the importance of godly leadership, The Heart of the King is the latest book in the C3 Series (Christian Character Concept Series) of character studies that promises to strengthen godly character and develop a caliber of leadership that finds the favor of God. This in depth study of the hearts of Israel’s first two kings will serve as a vital tool in reaching a higher level of effectiveness in advancing the cause of Christ throughout our world today. While only a few people appear to be born leaders, the ability to lead in a way that pleases God is available to anyone who chooses to love God and obey His guidance. May God bless you as you seek to have a heart like King David — “the man after God’s own heart.”


Mary Ann Bishop is a masterful storyteller, weaving deep theological topics and profound doctrinal truths into a winsome narrative of the lives of Israel’s first kings, Saul and David. With an intentional focus on their contrasting leadership styles, The Heart of the King methodically develops a stunning portrait of each character, providing transformational instruction to anyone who desires to have a heart after God’s own heart.

Bobby McDonald
President, South Carolina Christian Foundation

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233

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