Transformed by Love (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/7/16
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King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, called this his 'Song of Songs.' But through the centuries many have struggled to make sense of it. Who is the mysterious woman with whom the king is so in love? What is her story - and why is it in the Bible? In this devotional exposition and modern English translation, we follow the heart-searching highs and lows of their relationship as we unravel the answers to these questions. We see how lovingly and patiently Solomon wins her heart and confidence until finally, freed from her past, she becomes the magnificent queen that he first saw her to be. But what of Solomon himself? He is not what we would expect: at heart a shepherd, an adventurer, a lover of wild, open spaces. And as the story progresses we come to understand the prophetic significance of Solomon's vision of the 'shepherd king' - and why his attempts to fulfill it himself caused his downfall. Yet, more importantly, we see how perfectly it is fulfilled, and all out deepest needs met, in the ultimate 'Good Shepherd' and 'King of Love, ' Jesus Christ.
Often in the circles that I run in, the Song of Solomon HAS to fall in a certain category. It's a poetic symbolic analogy of the relationship with Christ and His Church. Or, it's a narrative of King Solomon and the Shulamite bride. However, King blends these two views into, using the illustration of the love of a man and a woman and how that love relates to Christ's love for us.
Throughout this book, the reader cannot helped but be reminded of the love that God has for us and the love we ought to reciprocate for each other. I found myself having to evaluate my own lifestyle and found it lacking. After all, and the author warns us of this, sometimes I get caught up in doing the Lord's work instead of basking in His presence and His love. True, we should spread the word of God but the Lord wants and longs for a deeper intimacy with us.
King does a magnificent job urging Christians who have walked away from their first love to receive and by using the Song of Solomon, he adeptly illustrates to us the best way we can do that.
Why is this not preached from the pulpit more? I swear if we used this book as the author has explored it, based on the pillar of truth, there would be more success in terms of our relationships and most important our relationship with God.
The author is clearly very well studied in this book, you can feel he has taken the time to ask questions, to think about what the inspired word of God is really saying here and explore's confidently this much ignored or misunderstood book.
All I asked in church once was a few questions regarding Songs of Solomon and the looks of disgust I got. Anybody would have thought I had asked something really naughty when this is an amazing book regarding how God pursues the one he loves and how we ought to respond with Him, our first love.
It was so interesting, I found out so many new things that when I went away thought about it and researched, it really shed new light on subjects and situations. It also raised questions I haven't thought of before and were actually staring me in the face as a reader of the Word of God, but they were expanded in a thoughtful and honest way.
I really liked the way the author broke everything down for me as a reader. There were questions highlighted, answered to the best of his ability and not force fed to you, I felt I had the freedom as a reader to think for myself. Throughout the book, everything is backed up with scripture which I think is always best and he adds personal notes which I thought was just a mature touch to a book some, oddly, blush from.
I felt encouraged and hopeful as I came [sadly] to the end of this book and really feels it does have the gift to draw you back to Jesus if you need those flames fanned once again.
This book can not be read through quickly, I recommend sitting down taking your time, pray and take notes.
Many thanks to the author for sharing this work,
This is in exchange for a honest review.
That is why I started to read Transformed by Love, which describes the Song of Solomon. with a keen interest. It did not disappoint.
The best way to teach the Bible is a three-step process. It starts by reading the verse or verses you are going to discuss. The second step is to explain the meaning of it based on the chronological and geographic terminology. Finally, explain how it relates to modern life.
Kevin King does a great job in all three phases. This made the book a very enjoyable and informative read and an excellent demonstration of spiritual growth.