The Prince: The Biblical Story of Jonathan (Sons of Encouragement Series Book 3) Historical Christian Fiction Novella with an In-Depth Bible Study

by Francine Rivers

Hardcover, 2005



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Tyndale House Publishers (2005), Edition: 1ST, 242 pages

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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:Book 3 in the 5-book biblical historical fiction series by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. His zeal carried him into battle His faithfulness won him honor among his people His humility led him into friendship with the man who would become king in his place David was a man after God's own heart. But it was the courage and selflessness of his best friend Jonathan that opened the door to David's rule. A man of honor and deep faith. The Prince is the story of Jonathan and book three in the popular Sons of Encouragement series about five men who quietly changed eternity. "This novella packs a powerful punch through characters that resonate in the soul. Fast-paced and seamless, this is a magnificent tale of courage, faithfulness, woe, and great joy." �Romantic Times This novella includes an in-depth Bible study perfect for personal reflection or group discussion..… (more)


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242 p.; 7.25 inches


0842382674 / 9780842382670



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LibraryThing member debs4jc
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts
Retells the story of Jonathon from the bible, from when he is a teenager in Saul's household, witnessing how his father becomes king, to when his best friend David is on the run from his father and Jonathon must choose
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between them. Jonathon develops a desire to serve the God of Israel, studies with the prophet Samuel, and struggles to honor his father while trying to do what is right and best with the country. He fights battles against their enemies and finds a kindred soul in David.

Style Characterisics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc.
Rivers stays faithful to the Biblical story, but adds detail and characterization. Readers' will be able to relate to Jonathon's struggles, as he strives to do what he believes is right but has to go against his father to do so. Jonathon comes across as a believable and likeable hero, even his deat at the end becomes a heroic sacrifice. David also is a strong character, even Saul's decisions are given plausible motives that hold up. The setting of ancient Israel comes across well. Details like them not being able to make swords that might be glossed over in a Bible reading become important parts of the story.

How Good is it?
Really makes the familiar story compelling and interesting.
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LibraryThing member TPLThing
I have just finished two biblical novellas from author Francine Rivers. They were wonderful,
easy to read and above all, inspiring. Francine Rivers has written novellas about five great men of the bible. The two I have just finished were about Aaron, the Priest and Jonathan, the Prince.

The Prince
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tells the story of Jonathan, his troubled relationship with his father King Saul: his deep friendship with the shepherd boy David (later King David) and the politics of Israel. It is also a story of a nation (Israel) tired of letting God be their King that turn from the One who loves them the most, to selfishness, greed, war bloodshed and murder. As the Prophet Samuel tells Jonathan, "God does not abandon men, my son. Men abandon God."

There are colorful details and great character discriptions. This book is worth reading just to find out more about Jonathan's life and trials and how God worked in ways that may not be clear in scripture

In Aaron, the Priest, Rivers tells the story of Moses, his younger brother Aaron, and the Israelites as they flee from Egypt and Pharaoh. It starts off as a rather slow read and is
redundant in spots but turns into excellent character development. It is refreshing to see the story of the Exodus through Aaron's eyes instead of Moses. It is only when God calls him to serve his brother, that Aaron finds love for Moses instead of the jelously that festered for years.
After becoming the first High Priest of Israel, Aaron confronts his own unworthiness and struggles with self doubt, sin and the blatant rebellion the people show toward God during
their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness.
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