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The Prince: Jonathan (Sons of Encouragement Series #3)

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

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    The Character of a Godly Friend

    In this book Francine Rivers captures the strength of loyalty and friendship. In today's world it seems that we have lost much of the traits that highlight godly character. Johnathan and David expressed love and loyalty toward one another even during difficult times. The covenant they made was a lasting bond between brothers.

    She really brought out the godly character of Jonathan. The rightful heir to the throne of Israel chooses to accept the will of God that another be king instead of himself when his father was rejected by God. She shows us how Jonathan recognized the hand of God in David's life and how he submitted to God's will. She shines the spotlight on his heart and walks us through the life of a man who loved and trusted in God above his own desire and ambition. A total contrast to his father who breached his own heart to attain his ambition to hold on to power.

    I enjoyed how she pulls you into the minds and hearts of each character. The history and humanity is so smoothly woven together in classic Francine Rivers style.She takes you to the height of happiness in each characters life as well as to their personal depths of despair.

    Her story causes you to take notice in your own life of your commitment to God, family and friends.The love of family, the loyalty of friendship, the faithfulness of God are all displayed in this well written novella .
    Once again Francine Rivers delivers what we've come to expect from her, a book well worth our time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    Excellent, one of my favorite Francine Rivers books

    This book is really good. Not only is it faithful to the Scriptures, but it is interesting, entertaining, and hard to put down. I give it only a 4 star review because I felt as if the chapters were a bit long. I think they could have been at least several pages shorter. But anyway, this book is exciting and keeps you at the edge of your seat. I love this book, and it made me think a lot about Jesus, who is my favorite Prince.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    "The Prince" is Brilliant

    I've read nearly every book F. Rivers ever wrote, and by & far, "The Prince" is my favorite. It chronicles the life of Jonathan, the eldest son of King Saul & the devoted friend of King David. It begins with Jonathan as a child, watching the Philistines devastating Israel, & his father Saul, being chosen by God to become king. The people clamor that having God for a King isn't good enough for them anymore, they want a human king "so they can be like everyone else." Not the greatest reasoning, but God gives them what they want, warning them that having a king isn't what they think it will be, but naturally, they don't listen. The aged priest of Israel, Samuel, anoints Saul & from there it's not long before we see Prince Jonathan in battle as a brave and faithful warrior, serving both God and his people.
    Jonathan keeps his heart true to God by becoming a disciple of Samuel, learning the Torah and writing it out in his own hand. He keeps it close to his heart while in battle & we see how God gives him courage & wisdom to stay alive and win the day.
    But shortly after, a new threat comes to Israel: Goliath of Gath and his brothers. Jonathan is urged by his family to face the giant, but he hears no word from God that it's his destiny. So, he waits on the Lord, & God brings his soon to be friend and confidant: David, the son of Jesse, the shephard & musician. David defeats Goliath & together he & Jonathan lead the armies against the Philistines and defeat them.
    Jonathan sees that David is as close to God as himself & takes David as his adopted brother "knitting his soul to his." He helps David, who is still a boy, to grow strong & wise into manhood, helping him train to be a warrior, even giving him his own armor and weapons.
    From there we see Jonathan's steadfast devotion to God even against the wishes of his family. Saul grows suspicious of David's popularity with the people, & Jonathan must often protect David from his father's wrath & also the scorn of his mother. David, after proving himself, is allowed to marry Jonathan's sister, but we see what a tumultuous marriage it becomes.
    Jonathan strives in the story to be loyal to his family, his friend and his God, creating unity in the tribes, calming the tensions at home & guiding David & supporting him, even after Saul drives David into hiding.
    Jonathan's love and loyalty cannot waver, and it's really inspring how he sacrifices so much of himself for the good of those he loves. The scene where he marries Rachel and then soon after when she dies in childbirth, is deeply touching. Jonathan regretted not being a better father and husband, so often pulled away by royal duties, but ensured that his family was taken care of. Yet, even when he so endlessly is giving and giving, it's clear that he sorrows over not being able to do even more.
    At the end, Saul seals the fate of both himself and his sons, Jonathan included. Saul seeks a witch, and God uses the moment to bring forth the spirit of Samuel, who pronounces the doom of Saul's family. They will die in the coming battle, because Saul has been so faithless his whole life. Jonathan secures escape for his son, and lovingly devoted to God right to the end, fights bravely & dies a legendary hero.
    But, we see his spirit whisked to Heaven, greeted by Christ Himself, and so for the loving and devoted, there is no deat

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