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!
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