Book: Whatever He Wants - The Pleasures and Perils of Power by Joan Conning Afmancategories: Book, Political Intrigue, Ethical Dilemma, King David, Charismatic Figure, Ambition, Biblical, Christian, Thriller
Joan Conning Afmanabout this book: David Shepherd wants to be President or the United States. Young, brilliant and charismatic, he is on his way. But the route is laced with temptations and dangers, from both friends and enemies.
David has the backing of a powerful political faction in West Palm Beach, Florida--but nothing comes free, and they want his cooperation for decisions
that benefit them. How far will David bend his ethical standards before he rebels--which is even harder, since he's married to 'the boss's daughter.
This book was inspired by a year of Bible study in which the group focused on the life of King David in the Old Testament. I began to wonder what he would be like in today's society--and so David Shepherd was born! Many of the names in the original story are still there--David, Michelle (Michal), Jesse, Samuel, Jonathan, Abigail, Bathsheba (changed to Beth), and the novel follows David's Old Testament life, but in updated terms.
I found the cover art in Westbow's files, as the cover designer seemed a bit confused as to what I wanted. When I saw the hand holding the city in its palm, I knew it to be the right choice; the pleasures and perils of power are all right there.
The Reverend Ned W. Edwards, whom I asked to read the manuscript before it was published has this to say: " ... (the story) is clever, symbolic, relevant and ultimately satisfying as both a story and a midrash. David Shepherd is a JFK type hero we love, our hearts break for and we celebrate."
I thoroughly enjoyed writing this, making it relevant and finding new twists and turns for the Biblical events. It's my best effort so far.
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