How to Lose a Kingdom in 400 Years: A Guide to 1–2 Kings

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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

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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.

profileAbout 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.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tommy Tidwell

    Michael Whitworth scored again with another book that every serious Bible student should add to their library. I read the Epic of God shortly after it came out, and appreciated the scholarship, and deep thought that went into it; and Michael has outdone himself with this book.
    Nations rise and fall, and we do well to study history to see why nations rise and fall.
    This book is easy to read, and seeks to apply the lessons outlined in the books of First and Second Kings in the Bible to events and situations today. Many Christians today seem to think that if we elect the right person as President, Governor, Representative, Senator et. al. all of our problems would be solved. Whitworth clearly shows that when a nation leaves the standards of morality as outlined in Scripture, that nation is destined to fail. While the Pentateuch was written specifically for Israel, and applicable only to Israel; the repetition of history shows time and again what happens when man tries to run things without God. “A leader’s morals can impact an entire nation” says Whitworth, and I wholeheartedly agree.
    It took me some time to read the book, as I not only read through the work, but also every reference he cited in the book. This book has been thoroughly researched, and invites us to continue a deeper study of the points made in the book.
    As an instructor at the Georgia School of Preaching and Biblical Studies, I will encourage (require) all of my students taking Hebrew History 2 (the Monarchies) to read this book.
    Thank you, Brother Whitworth, for a fine job on HOW TO LOSE A NATION IN 400 YEARS!
    If I could give 10 stars, I would!

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