I was first introduced to the story of Benaiah in Mark Batterson’s book In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day. In the Lion of War series, author Cliff Graham takes the lives of Benaiah and the other men who make up David’s Mighty Men and brings them to life in a compelling way.
A friend of mine told me about the first book in the series (Day of War) and encouraged me to read it. I actually got it free from a twitter promotion from Christianbook.com. Before I finished reading Day of War, I knew I wanted to get book two, Covenant of War. Once I purchased it, it only took me a few days to finish.
Graham takes the Biblical accounts of David, The Three and the Thirty (His Mighty Men) and turns them in to a riveting piece of fiction. While the characters and story lines are based on Old Testament scripture, Graham does encourage the reader to read the book as fiction, as he “fills in the blanks” of how he envisions the battles going and the characters reacting.
If you like movies like Gladiator, Braveheart and the like, this is your type of book. My only problem is this – I am waiting on book 3 to find out what happens next!