The story is lived on the lives of not just David, but also Absalom and Saul. It talks of leaders, and it encourages the question of what kind of leader we are.
The first part of the book deals with David's ascent to the throne, and the second part is about Absalom's attempte to usurp the throne.
David did not take the throne away from his predecessor by force, though he had opportunity. He also didn't keep the throne by force when, in his old age, his son Absalom tried to seize it out from under him.
So, what is at the heart of this book? Leadership. Every leader has within him/her the capacity to be a Saul or an Absalom. Saul threw spears and fought for position. Absalom attempted to assume authority that was not granted by God.
It's a short, poetic read that has alot to say about leadership and what it means to be broke. In fact, if you feel you have been attacked, lied to, or just plain disappointed in those around you, this is one book that offers perspective on what that means and how God can and will use that in your life.
One aspect of compassion brokenness, and this author does a masterful job of touching the heart, and moving us towards deeper humility. Brokenness has a purpose.
This is not the Bible, but the whisper that Saint Augustine heard inspired him to read from the Apostle Paul. Like Saint Augustine did, "Take up and read."