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King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power

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King Solomon had all the fame and fortune that any man could want. He was the world's wisest and wealthiest king. And yet, tragically, he threw it all away for the love of money, the pleasures of sex, and the powers of an earthly kingdom.

In studying the life of Solomon, we see both the true greatness and the tragic failure of our own humanity--from godly devotion to self-s
Paperback, 254 pages
Published July 7th 2011 by Crossway Books
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Dave Courtney
Jul 15, 2012 Dave Courtney rated it liked it
As an explicitly conservative (and evangelical) exposition (of sorts) of the life of King Solomon, Ryken (a Presbyterian Pastor) offers a bit of a mix of predictable and insightful commentary. His approach lends itself to his Christian pastoral tendencies (this is intended as a group study guide after all), which fuses an Old Testament story as an echo of the figure and person of Jesus with specific modern application of the major themes of money, sex and power. Depending on what you (as a reade ...more
Craig Hurst
Jul 29, 2011 Craig Hurst rated it really liked it
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What if you were offered anything you wanted? What would you choose? Fast cars, money, a nice job, friends, a big house or a big boat. There was one man who was offered anything he wanted and he didn’t pick any of those things. In fact, in not picking those things he ended up with most of them anyways. His name is King Solomon. Solomon didn’t ask for anything that most people ask genies for. Solomon asked for wisdom. “So give your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern be ...more
Feb 16, 2016 E rated it really liked it
I am pretty impressed by Phil Ryken and his work in this book. He takes the various episodes from the life of Solomon and arranges them in a Christocentric, sermonic way, while being faithful to their original context and themes. Many believers don't know how to handle Solomon--did he lose his salvation? why did he have all those people killed? was he too rich? did he really have a kid with the queen of Sheba (oh wait, that's just the Rastas)--but Ryken uses the Solomonic narratives from 1 Kings ...more
Jun 11, 2011 Cleffairy rated it it was amazing
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Date reviewed:12 June 2011
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How well do we know the Biblical King, Solomon who was featured in and the Book of Chronicles and the Book of Kings?

When I was a little girl, I see King Solomon as a wise man who knew everything in life because God bestowed him such wisdom. When I grew up a little bit and was a dreamy, hopelessly romantic teenager, I see him as a seductive man who easily seduced the Queen of Sheba with his endless wit
Jul 09, 2011 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
King Solomon by Philip Graham Ryken
Crossway, 2011
200 pages
Non-fiction; Inspirational
4/5 stars

Source: Received a free e-galley via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is a close reading of the story of Solomon, an incredibly blessed king of Israel who squandered his blessing through his pursuit of money, sex, and power. Ryken compares this to modern pursuits as well as how Jesus followed part of Solomon's example without falling into the same traps. This surprised me as I thought
Mattandbecky Hancock
Nov 13, 2014 Mattandbecky Hancock rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most edifying books I've read in a long time. Ryken's pastoral style reminded me often of C.H. Spurgeon's sermons (which I love!). Because the book came from Dr. Ryken's sermons from 1 kings 1-11, it's more conversational than technical, though still full of spiritual insights. Dr. Ryken divides up the book into 13 parts on Solomon's life, tracking his slow compromises that eventually led to his open idolatry. Meditating on these truths over the past months has moved my heart ...more
Craig Scott
Jan 14, 2015 Craig Scott rated it did not like it
In the world of Reformed literature there are plenty of excellent books on Old Testament Characters. Elisha by Alexander Stewart, or Pink on Elijah. So when i came across this book on Solomon by Ryken I was very much excited.

Unfortunately, I was very much disappointed. The chapters are very much a bare minimum surface level look at Solomon's life. There was no richness or depth and the book was filled out by worldly illustrations that seem to be more important than the text itself. I am beginnin
Aug 16, 2011 Jeanie rated it really liked it
King Solomon was blessed by wisdom however, after he built the temple, his heart went after other things. His heart became divided. The book went over King Solomon and how he came into power and why. Each chapter ended in relation to Christ. There is so much to learn from the Old Testament. It really is a foreshawdow of God's redemptive plan to salvation and mens weaknesses. The book was very clear in the character of God. It gives great insight to the kingdom of God in relationship to Israel's ...more
Brent Rosendal
Jul 25, 2013 Brent Rosendal rated it really liked it
A really good book on the life of King Solomon. Solomon has always puzzled me. I always wondered how a person endowed with so much wisdom could act so foolishly. Ryken deals with this problem and in my estimation does a good job explaining how the downfall of Solomon occurred. The book seemed to be a series of sermons compiled into a book rather than just a book the author wrote. Often times that is a negative however in this case, I learned a lot about how to preach from the Old Testament. All ...more
May 08, 2014 Nate rated it really liked it
This was a nice book on the life of Solomon. It took Mr. Ryken a few chapters to set up the downfall of Solomon, which I thought was the point of the book. But once he got to Solomon's disgrace he really unpacked a great argument for why Solomon fell. Overall a great book that I recommend.
One of the best books i've read in 2011. Great work and great insight for us to grow closer to Christ.
Aug 30, 2012 Wade rated it really liked it
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This is a very solid, and readable, discussion of I Kings 1-11. While the book is well-written, and has very solid theology, the discussion questions in the back of the book are pretty mediocre.
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Philip Graham Ryken is Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he has preached since 1995. He is Bible Teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College (IL), Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and the University of Oxford (UK), from which he received his doctorate ...more
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