Have you ever asked God, “Why is this so difficult?!?! If you’re really God, and if you really love me, if Jesus really did die to make me holy, why is this all so difficult???”
A few days ago, I finished the book of Joshua. While not every story tells of an amazing victory, the book leaves the reader feeling optimistic. Yes, the job is not complete and difficulties are to come, but God is powerful and faithful, the people are continuing to press forward, and the enemy is being driven out.
And then Judges starts… and we are immediately confronted with the reality of failure.
The failure is a major one, and so the angel of God Himself appears to rebuke Israel because, while He has been faithful to them, they have not been faithful to Him.
A few years ago, a friend of mine recommended I check out “Day of War,” a book by Cliff Graham about David and the “mighty men.” He described it as a crazy mixture of Braveheart, 300, “Wild at Heart”, and the Bible. I was certainly intrigued but had enough on my plate already, so I didn’t think too much about it. Plus, I already knew all about David’s mighty men, so I figured there really wasn’t any need for me to read the book anyhow.
Here in Romania, I still have plenty to do, but it seemed like the right time to check out the book. I had the ebook version, so I “opened” it up and started reading.
I’d like to say the book is awesome. I really want to be able to say that. But in all honesty, it’s not. The story is awesome but the book itself leaves a lot to be wanting. The hard, honest truth is that Cliff Graham is at best a mediocre, predictable author, but at worst he’s downright confusing, has caricatures for characters, and fails to draw the reader’s heart into the story. I appreciate Cliff Graham’s attempt, but he would have been wise to co-author this book with someone more gifted in writing.
Still, the story carries the book with or without a gifted author. And there’s no doubt about it that Cliff Graham knows how to pick a great story. And he’s not afraid to show the hard, gritty, dirty, bloody story for what it is. He makes war dirty and warriors even more screwed up, and he blows that cartoonish, Sunday school picture of David out of our minds with a shotgun.
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