How to Lose a Kingdom in 400 Years: A Guide to 1–2 Kings
Author: Michael Whitworth
Foreword: Kirk Brothers
13 chapters, 466 pages
REVIEW: “History is far more than a chronicle of dates and events. It is a record of how people chose to live. Michael Whitworth’s ‘How to Lose a Kingdom in 400 Years’ is an exceptional reminder of that. With this incredibly well-researched volume, Michael invites us to take a comfortable seat in the time machine of his ‘skill set.’ Then, with a captivating style of writing, he helps us travel through the decisions that cost an entire people their spirituality, their dignity, and their identity. He even dares to challenge us with lessons to learn from the failures and victories we encounter on this literary journey. Michael Whitworth is one of my favorite religious authors. Work through this wonderful book, and you will see why.” — Dan Winkler
In 970 B.C., Solomon, son of David, ascended his father’s throne. During his reign, Israel became the envy of the nations. Unsurpassed in riches, power, and prestige, Solomon embodied the pinnacle of God’s blessing on his people. In 586 B.C., Israel’s capital collapsed before Nebuchadnezzar, and the nation was exiled in disgrace far away to Babylon. This is the story of How to Lose a Kingdom in 400 Years.
Throughout the political turmoil of 1–2 Kings, God’s prophets brought messages of hope, warning, and judgment. For the most part, those messages went unheeded, and a once-glorious nation was ruined. But the mistakes of long-dead kings, not to mention the messages of heroic men of God, offer wisdom to spiritual Israel today.
In a world where political power, cultural relevance, and self-sufficiency seduce the church at every turn, 1–2 Kings reverberates with the warning that nothing is more important than submission to the King of kings. Obedience brings life and abundant blessing… rebellion only breeds death, destruction, and suffering.
This is the story of How to Lose a Kingdom in 400 Years.
About the Author: Michael Whitworth is the founder of Start2Finish and author of several works, including two award-winning books, The Epic of God and The Derision of Heaven. He is an avid landscape photographer, considers M&Ms his brain food, and is fond of large Mason jars. In his spare time, Michael loves reading and drinking coffee, watching sports, and spending time with his family and furry golden retriever.