About the Book
Book: The David Years
Author: Lillian Duncan
Genre: Woman’s Lit
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Nia looked at her aunt and asked, “So what am I ‘spose to do now?” “Have you ever heard of King David from the Bible?” “I guess.” “There were a lot of years between the time David was anointed as the king and he actually became the king. It’s a time for you to grow in your relationship with God.” “And then later I get to be king?” Nia giggled. “I meant that figuratively not literally but these are your learning years–your David Years.”’ “My David Years. I like that.” Nia Johnson has spent the past four years developing a closer relationship to God. She wants to believe she’s still anointed to become a healer at Puzzle House but as each year passes, she has more and more doubts. Now that she’s graduated from high school and is an adult she is sure it’s time to take the mantle of healing Rachel passed to her so many years before. But the harder she tries, the more it eludes her.
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I remember reading the first book in this series, The Puzzle House, and thinking how faith-filled, quirky, and emotional it was, and The David Years builds off its prequel beautifully. We are presented with an out of the box proposition- the gift of healing and how one uses it. Nia goes on a journey as a young adult searching the Scriptures, learning just like David of the Bible in between his anointing and becoming king. What I love about this book is its' constant pointing back to Jesus as Almighty, Sovereign, and the source of any spiritual gift and the power of it. I feel like our author was also able to present us with realistic struggles many face, and give us a beautiful Gospel presentation, reminding us that no matter if one is healed physically or not, spiritual healing is always available.It was refreshing to see the gift of healing portrayed as something that happens according to the Lord's will and power comes from only the Lord, because believing everyone will be healed or a person has the ability to heal is dangerous, and Nia finds that out getting involved in a group that calls themselves "Christian," but picks and chooses the truths of the Bible they want. If I had any critiques, it may be that the writing is a little underdeveloped, and the characters were almost complex enough. I just felt it needed a little more. Also, the plot was a little too problem/solution back to back which made it a little choppy. I really enjoyed how the book was full of Biblical truth without being overwhelming or too preachy. I think any fiction reader of any age could find enjoyment in this inspirational series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
About the Author
Lillian lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband. She writes the types of books she loves to read. Even though her books cross genres, they have one thing in common, faith-based stories that demonstrate God’s love—and lots of action. OK—that’s two things. She was a school speech pathologist for over 30 years but retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors due to Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2), a rare genetic disease. Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word. To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: www.lillian-duncan.com.
More from LillianThe David Years is the second novel in the Puzzle House series. In Puzzle House, Nia was anointed to become a healer. The David Years starts out where Puzzle House stopped. Nia looked at her aunt and asked, “So what am I ‘spose to do now?” “Have you ever heard of King David from the Bible? There were a lot of years between the time David was anointed as the king and he actually became the king. David was tested many times during those years. Those years were very important to David’s growth as a man so that he would be the king God wanted him to be when the time was right.”
“So what are you saying, Auntie?” “I’m saying these are your David years.” And so the story begins. Most of the book takes place after Nia’s high school graduation during her first year in college. She’s impatient to begin her time as healer and tries to make that happen in her timing—not God’s. But God will not be rushed and whether Nia likes it or not, she’s still in her David Years—her learning years.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘we learn from our mistakes.’ Well, Nia learns a lot that year. In other words, she makes a lot of mistakes. My college years are long, long past so I thought it might be hard to get into the mindset of a college student, but it really wasn’t. I thought back to all the mistakes I made during my college years and the story took off from there!
Even though Nia is a college student, her story will resonate for anybody who’s facing changes in their life, no matter the age. We all have learning years throughout our lifetime—our very own David Years. Life changes whether we want it to or not. A new marriage. A baby. A divorce. A new job. Retirement. No matter what age we are, we all struggle with finding our place in the world, especially when life changes.
The good news is that as Christians, we may not have all the answers, but we know where to find them.
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