Book Review: A Heart Like His by Beth Moore

A republished version of her 1999 and 2003 book, A Heart Like His byBeth Moore studies the life of the biblical figure David, the only man labeled by God to be “a man after [God’s] own heart.”

Beth Moore and her editor, Dale McCleskey, explain the purpose of the book in the Preface: “Our earnest prayer is not so much that you meet David but that you meet David’s God.” (p. xi) In the Introduction, Moore lays out four reasons to study David’s life and relationship with God:

  • His personal, powerful relationship with God
  • His attention-attracting life full of both faithful action and desperate sin
  • His precursory nature to Christ’s coming
  • The in-depth Bible study encouraged by reading this book

“But God doesn’t work on sense; He works on grace.” – p. 10

Using humor mixed with seriousness, the author points out truths within David (and others’ story). Each chapter lists a recommended reading from the Bible, and the author directly quotes Scripture often. She writes so the reader does not need to reference a Bible, but I recommend reading the suggested verses before each chapter to help reinforce the material and connections. I experimented by reading some chapters without having read the Bible portions first. With the chapters I did read the suggested Scripture first, I felt I could focus on the author’s connections with more clarity than when I did not instead of spending my mental power piecing together the Biblical events.

“Faith sometimes means forgoing our desires because we trust Christ to have a better plan for our lives.” – p. 33

The author writes with relational aspects in mind. She takes these biblical accounts and brings (with some inference) the historical chronicles to a relatable, personal level readers can identify with by imagining their own lives into these situations. Then Moore takes those thoughts and checks them with what God teaches.

“Unfortunately, human hearts seem remarkably resistant to wisdom.” – p. 27

She spends several chapters investigating David’s background through studying Samuel, Saul, Jonathan, and more. She goes on to share David’s life, and while doing so, gleaning what we can from both David’s triumphs and his mistakes.

We learn in Chapter 15 that it’s okay to cry out the God, as David does in Psalm 142. Chapter 25 (and many other instances) teaches the importance of seeking His guidance and asking for it specifically. In Chapter 47, we see the power of passionately praising God fully out of love. Throughout David’s story, we see God’s consistency, sovereignty, and presence.

“I find enormous security in the consistency of God.” – p. 260

In reading this book, I found a key concept to one of my major life issues on page 34:

“How do we distinguish between godly humility and low self-esteem? Which did Saul display? One key lies in our focus. A person with godly humility looks to the Master. He or she neither exalts nor denigrates self, because to do either is to make self the center of our universe. When we’re really serving Christ, our reputations and abilities simply cease to be so important. We must decrease that He may increase.” “A changed heart is the absolute requirement for kingdom service.” – p. 37

When a book convicts me, encourages me, and leads me in further study of God’s Word, I label it a good book!

In all of David’s story, we see again and again the truth in 1 Chronicles 28:9:

“…for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you…”

Questions for you: How do you see God’s consistent presence in your life? What’s something you’ve read recently that challenged you?

Disclosure: I received free temporary access to a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own.