Andrew Mullek is a missionary to South Africa where he currently works with two Christian schools as the chairperson of Pfunanane Ministries and as the spiritual head of The King's Court Christian School. He also serves as a leader in Gateway Church.
on Jan. 08, 2013 :
Mr. Mullek's book, He Used A Stone, uses the fact that God used a simple stone in the hand of a young shepherd boy to show that we can achieve victory in Christ wherever we are. This is an important fact, and something that is brought up throughout the book, often within the context of places that we may overlook. One such place that is discussed in conjunction with this is our behavior when we are at our workplace.
Much of the book's pages discuss David's own workplaces, such as his time working in the fields, playing his harp while watching over his sheep, and then later during his time as king. David's victory over Goliath, and his time evading the threats of Saul are also given significant time in the book as well.
It is clear that the author spent a lot of effort in writing about the many parts of David's life, but sometimes this is a double-edged sword. Mr. Mullek's work is appreciated, and I can tell you that this book has helped me think about things that had not crossed my mind very much before. For instance, I had never spent as much time thinking about David protecting his flock from bears, or his behavior in contrast to his oldest brother Eliab before reading this work. The insights here, and elsewhere are welcome and appreciated. The comments in chapter 12 about Jonathan giving David his robe and tunic were particularly beneficial to me.
On the other hand, it seems that sometimes so much work is spent on writing material for the different topics that the author goes too far in his discussions. This seemed to be the most noticeable in chapters 6 and 8, where the battlefield and the five smooth stones are studied respectively. At times, I had difficulty in seeing why some of the things he mentions in these chapters were brought up at all. They seemed to have come out of left field for me.
Other times, some chapters are so short and light on scripture that they may have benefited from being revamped, or cut altogether. This was mainly seen in part 3 of the book, where a number of short chapters are found. Sadly, this third part is where I discovered that although the book is 24 chapters in length, the table of contents stops at chapter 20. This makes makes chapter 20 appear to be 20 pages in length on my ereader, when it is actually much shorter than that.
This table of contents error was an unfortunate find for me. Generally this book is rather impressive, and more professional than many I have read on Smashwords thus far (as of January 2013). Yet, the table of contents issue, typos, and the weaker chapters bring it down a notch or two. Despite these problems, this book is generally well written, largely professional, and has a great cover as well. Although I am giving it 3 stars, if Smashwords would let me, I would give it 3 1/2. Thanks for writing it!
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