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Mefiboset: Crippled Prince (Intrepid Men of God) (Volume 4)

By Katheryn Maddox Haddad


Denied the throne as king of Israel and crippled for life at age five, Sett spends his early years fleeing his grandfather King Saul’s enemies. Inheriting his gigantic grandfather’s height and good looks along with his father Jonathan’s positive attitude, Sett uses his wits to get out of life-threatening situations in Israel, Babylon, and Assyria. Despite his handicap, the beautiful Kissara becomes his wife, King David becomes his friend, and the forests become his mission. Though he must constantly deal with three enemies who do everything they can to make his life miserable, Mefiboset, grandson of a king, is an overcomer, a climber, a conqueror who triumphs in the end. (There are discussion questions at the back of the book for book clubs and Bible classes.)

Book Takeaway:

Being physically handicapped and orphaned can be the beginning of a wonderful, inspiring life.

Why the author wrote this book:

All my life I heard about "poor little Mephibosheth". It did not make sense to me. His grandfather, King Saul, was probably seven feet tall and extremely handsome; he probably inherited much of that. Lodebar, where he grew up, was not a deserted wilderness; it was ten miles from Galilee near an international trade route. Plus, he was not a society castaway; he married, had a son and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I loved writing about him and inserted a lot of humor because it must have taken that to live life handicapped but accomplish what he did.


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