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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Anointed: A David and Goliath Novel is an enthralling opening to The Davidic Chronicles by Greg S. Baker, a story that takes the reader back to ancient history and plunges them into the world of young David, the anointed one. The story begins with the prophet Samuel who visits Jesse with the news that the Lord has rejected Saul and is looking for a better man to lead His people. Jesse has strong faith in Samuel, whom he believes possesses the Lord’s words. He is stunned by Samuel’s revelation. To the utter surprise of everyone, Samuel wants young David, so he asks for David, insisting that there will be no feast until David comes. While the choice of the prophet shocks everyone, especially Jesse, David continues his adventures that include the ultimate encounter with Goliath, the jealousy and hatred of King Saul, and his experience of God’s power to deliver his people.
Greg S. Baker is not just a pastor but also a wonderful storyteller, taking a biblical tale and weaving it into a historical and cultural tapestry that keeps readers fascinated and inspired, bringing to light the prophetic nature of the story and the context in which it happened in history. The characters are both biblical and historical and the setting is the ancient land of Israel beset by multiple trials, most prominent among these being the Philistines. A spiritual atmosphere permeates the writing without robbing it of the humanity of the characters. I particularly enjoyed the way the author develops Samuel, Saul, and David. Elements of the setting — social, physical, and historical — are deftly written and the author shows a unique skill in exploring the conflict, allowing the dark emotions and resentment of Saul to come across powerfully. Anointed: A David and Goliath Novel is a tale that will delight readers while inspiring their faith through the skillful exploration of the grace of God in the life of a shepherd boy. The story is accompanied by relevant biblical citations. Anointed is a spellbinder that will have an irresistible appeal to readers who enjoy Christian literature and compelling historical novels.