About the Book
Everyone, either young or old, appreciates an interesting story, especially if the story is true. A Man of Valor by Arthur W. Spalding is a fascinating retelling of the story of Jonathan, son of King Saul. Whether Jonathan and his armor bearer are scrambling up the Philistine entrenchment and putting their army to flight or rushing on with the hosts of Israel at Gilboa, the author makes the reader feel a part of every scene. The imagination put into the portrayal of the manners, customs, and ceremonies of ancient Israel makes them seem no longer an ancient people but a part of our present-day civilization, and we turn with renewed interest to the Old Testament.
Of Jonathan, his best friend, David said, “Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.” Jonathan is the hero of this story and his noble actions and David’s reciprocal care illustrate what it means to be a true friend and a man of valor.
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About the Author
Arthur W. Spalding (1877–1953) is best known as a writer of books, of which he produced thirty. Some familiar titles are "Captains of the Host" and "Golden Treasury of Bible Stories." As early as 1919, Spalding had formed a Mission Scouts organization and later became active in junior camp work. He was the founder and secretary of the Home Commission of the General Conference from 1922 to 1942.
Elder Spalding's early years brought many experiences in many places. He was private secretary to Elder R M Kilgore, then superintendent of the southern field, to J H Kellogg and W K Kellogg at Battle Creek, and to E A Sutherland at Battle Creek College. He taught in diverse situations: academy at Graysville, Tennessee, college at Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University), church school in California. He was a co-founder of the Fletcher Institute in North Carolina and principal of the Hurlburt Rural Training School in Georgia. He was editor of the Watchman Magazine from 1907 to 1922. His last years were devoted to special projects for the General Conference and the Review and Herald. His was a long period of service, from the age of fourteen, in 1891, to nearly seventy-seven in 1953.
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