In a recent discussion with the head of Elk Lake Publishing, we reached a decision to publish 385 Days through the Psalms as a three volume set. We are still on track to have the first book released this summer, with the second book coming in the fall, and the third volume in early 2021.
At the end of the editing process the manuscript totaled 735 pages. That makes for quite a hefty book. Moving to three volumes will result in books of a more manageable size. It also allows for multiple release dates and hopefully a growing readership with the release of each new book.
The first volume will cover January through April, the second volume May through August, and the third volume September through December.
Yes, the devotions in these books will be largely identical to my daily online posts. But let’s face it. Some people just like the look and feel of a book. In addition, you can’t underline or mark up an online post, but you are free to do just that with a book.
More information on 385 Days through the Psalms will be coming as the release approaches.
This Amazon book review is deserving of a quick read.
If you had a time machine, to what time and place in history would you travel? For me it has always been my desire to be an eye witness during the Passion Week. And now in reading David Kitz’s The Soldier Who Killed a King, I feel like I’ve been there! This high action historical fiction is a marvel of storytelling filled with suspense, perceptivity and wonder. It’s a story of God’s pursuing love. I highly recommend that you read this book—that you jump into this time machine!—for a heart-stirring, life-changing journey back to where hate and death were conquered by Love and Life.
Lyle Johnson — founder of NextLevel Ministries
Here is the latest Amazon review of “The Soldier Who Killed a King”:
A very good read! I enjoyed this book and recommend it, bought one for my daughter as well…timely for Easter too. In two words, David Kitz “nailed it!”
As an author, as in much in life, it’s not easy to please everyone. But we can learn from our critics. With that said I am pleased to report that my passion of Christ novel scores very well with readers.
With 62 reviews on Amazon.com “The Soldier Who Killed a King” scores 4.8 out of 5 stars on the Amazon rating system. In Canada with 50 reviews posted the score is even higher at 4.9 out of 5 stars. Numbers like that are rare in the literary world.
Maybe there’s some star inflation going on? Maybe readers are being too generous? But maybe Ruby is right. Maybe the readers have nailed it? You won’t know the answer to that question unless you read the book for yourself.
And… with Easter fast approaching, now is the ideal time to do just that.
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The following Amazon book review took me by surprise:
Best ‘Historical Fiction’ Book Ever!
‘The Soldier Who Killed A King‘ is one of the very best books we’ve ever had the privilege to read! Insightful, captivating, inspiring, historically accurate, so very satisfying and engaging… A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to David Kitz for having written this most incredible account of the crucifixion of Christ… A great read for this time of the year as we approach Easter! — Don & Jan
High praise indeed.
Imagine my surprise and gratitude when I saw the following Facebook post from my friend Andrew:
“As Lent approaches I made the decision to read this excellent book by my friend David Kitz for I think it will be the 3rd or 4th time. I am curious if anyone would like to join me for a Lent book study of this amazing book? If so message me.”
I have encountered a number of people who tell me they reread “The Soldier Who Killed a King” every year as Easter approaches. But it’s great to see that fact posted on social media.
A journey to the cross and the empty tomb is valid at any time of the year. This year why not take that journey as seen through the eyes of Roman centurion, Marcus Longinus?
A free seven week discussion guide is also available for personal or group use. Click for the link.
A seven-week book study is now available for the Passion of Christ novel The Soldier Who Killed a King. The book and the group discussion guide are great resources to prepare your heart for Easter and the message of the cross.
The discussion guide includes a complete list of more than 120 Bible quotations that are sprinkled throughout the text of this Bible-based novel.
In an Amazon book review, an adult Sunday School leader had this to say about the book and the study guide:
David Kitz’s “The Soldier Who Killed A King” is a book that transports you to the passion week of Jesus with his triumphal arrival into Jerusalem, his trial and his crucifixion. In a real and tangible way this book made me believe I was there witnessing it all through the eyes of the centurion in charge of Jesus death on the cross.
While the book is historical fiction, it is loaded with biblical references that link the story directly to the Biblical account. You can review each reference in the index if you are interested in over a hundred connections that Kitz has woven into his story.
I used this book in an adult Sunday School class prior to last Easter and it was well-received with many comments about the realism of the time period as described by Kitz. I think “The Soldier Who Killed A King” is one of the best Easter novels I have ever read. I give it 5 stars!
To examine the free discussion guide click here.
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Today I came upon this 5 star book review on the Barnes & Noble website. What follows is a duplicate of that post:
I received a copy of THE SOLDIER WHO KILLED A KING: A TRUE RETELLING OF THE PASSION by David Kitz from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. This is a standalone book.
This book…wow. Subject matter aside, it blew me away. The writing is superb. It feels as if you are watching a movie, but a 4D movie. (This would make a great Broadway play.) It puts you in the scene. You taste and feel and smell. You are transported back in time. You get to really know the characters as if they were people living on your block. You travel back in time to the first-century world and experience it all.
Now for the subject matter. According to the blurb: A stunning story of Holy Week through the eyes of a Roman centurion. The centurion is Marcus Longinus.
This story shows the events leading up to the Passion Week. This is a new take on a story that has been told many times. I admit to thinking it might “just be another one.” If you hesitate because of that, you’re missing out. This is historical Christian fiction at its finest. I highly recommend it for your collection.
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This morning I came upon this book review by Pam:
David Kitz’s devotional, “psalms alive” is a book I bought for my friends and family this past Christmas and I plan to read it a second time. It is one of the best devotionals I have ever read for the following reasons:
* The Scripture is printed at the beginning of each devotional. This makes it so convenient and for me it meant reading and then re-reading that Psalm many times as I studied Kitz’s devotional which followed. Many devotionals only quote the reference which you are to study. Tell me – how many of you actually look up this passage? Lol. It’s too easy not to get your bible and look it up. It’s such a simple thing to print the Psalm right in the devotional but it made the study so much more helpful.
* Secondly, this was an excellent resource because of the cultural and historical insights Kitz provided. These brought the Psalms to life and helped me remember and apply them.
* Theologically, I believe Kitz is sound and credible; he often cross-referenced his thoughts with other biblical passages.
* The whole picture – Kitz provided each Psalm in light of the sweep of biblical history and revelation, often showing how the Psalm prophesied Christ. I appreciated this and it helped me see the relevance and power of the Psalms in my daily life.
Reading “psalms alive” was a highlight of October/November 2017. I looked forward to it every day; it was a feast every morning that I will indulge in again. My copy is highlighted, underlined, tear-stained, and I have several pictures I drew in response to the insights I learned. It is a treasure that I recommend with the highest confidence.
On Wednesday of this week, I signed a contract for the publication of 365 Days through the Psalms. The publisher is Elk Lake Publishing, a Plymouth, MA, royalty paying publisher. The book will be available for the 2020 Christmas market. Rejoice with me! This is an answer to prayer.
For the next few months I will be busy finalizing the manuscript and working with an editor to get it ready for publication.
Yes, these are the same Psalms devotionals that are posted daily on my WordPress site and on my Facebook page. Now they will be available all together in book form.
This will be my second book on the Psalms. I guess it’s fair to say I love the Psalms. Psalms Alive! was published in 2009, so after ten years it seems right to have another book on the theme of the Psalms.
By the way Psalms Alive! has been one of my top selling books, and it’s still available. The format is quite different than my daily devotional posts since it’s a more in depth, self-guided study of thirteen selected Psalms.
For more information or to purchase Psalms Alive! in Canada from the author click here.
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237 pages, trade paperback