Saturday, January 29, 2011

meet Eleanor Gustafson

Eleanor K. Gustafson has been thinking up stories since she was five or six years old. When she first began to read, God grabbed her with—yes—a story that had an invitation at the end, and she was hooked for life. Friends and even her mother, after reading her early attempts, told her straight out to stick to music as a career, but she pushed manfully along and began publishing both fiction and nonfiction in 1978.

The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David is her fourth novel and builds off the biblical account of David, bringing the characters and dramatic elements alive.

A graduate of Wheaton College in Illinois, she has been actively involved in church life as a minister’s wife, teacher, musician, writer, and encourager. She has enjoyed a variety of experiences—riding horses, gardening, house construction, tree farming, and parenting—all of which help bring color and humor to her fiction.

One of her major writing goals has been to make scriptural principles understandable and relevant for today’s readers through the undeniable power of story.

She has also written Appalachian Spring (1984, Zondervan), Wild Harvest (1987, Zondervan), and Middle Night (2000, POD)

You can find her online at

The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David

"We know more of David’s life than any other biblical person. But not nearly enough. The tangle of motives and emotions, chaos, and charisma continue to kindle the imaginations of our best writers, drawing us into a story in which we see every detail of our humanity against the epic of salvation. Eleanor K. Gustafson is one of our best."
Eugene Peterson, author of The Message

With comprehensive detail and flowing prose, Eleanor Gustafson crafts the retelling of King David’s life—from his teenaged anointing to his death—as seen though the eyes of Asaph, a Levite musician.

Fictional in scope, yet with intentional scriptural accuracy, The Stones provides a revealing behind-the-scenes glimpse into biblical history with all the twists, turns, thrills, and romance of one of the world’s greatest dramas.

You will be there as:
  • A young teen collects stones to take on a giant.
  • A prideful rebel takes count of his fighting men.
  • A fallible leader succumbs to lust, temptation, and deceit.
  • A poet and musician grows closer to God through prayer and worship.
  • A man after God’s heart discovers the unfailing love and forgiveness of his Creator.

The Stones is an epic adventure of man’s innate need to worship God and to rely on him for strength—and how badly things can go when he fails to do so.

Here's an excerpt of The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David:

“Who is that?” David asked.

Joram studied the view, a slight twitch on his mouth. “The house of Uriah the Hittite, my lord. Presumably, that’s Uriah’s wife, the daughter of Eliam.”

“Ah!” was all David said.

Uriah the Hittite. A Gibbor—Mighty Man. “Flame of Yahweh.” His name said it—a man honorable, courageous, willing to take on the noblest effort or the most menial task for the sake of God’s chosen. A man with a beautiful wife. David sighed. His wife Abigail had talked about this woman, how lonely she was. Her name . . . Bathsheba—yes. Bathsheba the Beautiful would be lonely again tonight, for her Hittite husband was far away, holding up his end—whether noble or menial—of the siege of Rabbah.

The sun went down; light spilled from Bathsheba’s house, and a lamp traveled from doorway to pool across the thickening gloom. Bathsheba finished her ablutions, pulled on her robe, and withdrew. David remained on the roof; a lute played down below.

“Would you like something to eat, my lord?”

“No . . . yes. In my room . . . and perhaps later. Food for two. Wine, fruit, whatever you can find. And . . . the woman next door. No rush. Whenever . . .” David spread his hands vaguely.

With the slight lift of one eyebrow, Joram bowed and went out.

He returned two hours later, after the palace had settled into silence, with no one in the hallways to observe a woman who didn’t belong there. At the doorway of the king’s suite, he propelled Bathsheba through. She hesitated in fragile beauty until David, responding to her scent, looked up. She had dressed carefully for this first impression, with arm and ankle bracelets and a nose ring just visible behind her face covering. She was clearly nervous, but at the same time aroused and hungry. She had come to David with everything she would have provided for Uriah, had Uriah cared.

David reached out an appreciative hand and drew her in. “My lady Bathsheba, your name is like perfume. Welcome to the chambers of the king.”

You can purchase The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David from Amazon.

Eleanor is giving away a copy of The Stones: A Novel of the Life of King David . To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Anonymous said...

This book sounds like a really good read!

Joanne Sher said...

Oh, PLEASE enter me in this one! Would love to read it. LOVE TO!

Meredith said...

Sounds good! I like the "you will be there as..." examples!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Elaine Cooper said...

Would LOVE to read this book! Who is a better yet fallible hero than King David? What a great sounding novel. Put me in the drawing, please!

Angela Breidenbach said...

I am just finishing the story of David and the Psalms he wrote by reading the Chronological Bible. I didn't used to relate to him. But after reading it this way, I really connect and understand the Psalms and more of the applicable lessons in my life. I think your novel will help others understand him and what God has to say through his life too.
Thank you,

Catrina Bradley... said...

Wow! This book sounds awesome! (And I thought of Jo Sher when I read about it. :)) I'd LOVE to win a copy!

Marianne said...

i would love to be entered in this book drawing. the story of David has always intrigued me - maybe because he is definitely shown as a human being.

Marianne said...

oops - my email address is mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

Charlotte Kay said...

A novel about King David, how wonderful!
I would love a chance to win this book!
Thanks for the opportunity!
Charlotte Kay
charsaltz at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

would love to read this book...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Linda said...

I;ve read about Bathsheba. Would love the insight on King David. Please enter me.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

debijackson said...

I would love to read this. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Julia M. Reffner said...

This book sounds great. Please enter me.

Anonymous said...

This book looks like a really good read,I hope I win. Karen
sonflower277 at gmail dot com

amber said...

Oooh, this sounds good!! I just finished reading "Come to Me" which is a fictionalized story of Jesus so this seems like a great next read!! Carman sent me.


Roanna said...

I would like to be entered, please.

Thank you!
ohiobuckeye91 [at] gmail [dot] com

Judylynn said...

Looks like a good one! Please enter me.


Mary Ann... said...

I can never read too much about David. Please enter me in your drawing. I'm a new follower.


Wendy said...

Sounds like a good book on David.

Anne Payne said...

Sounds interesting. Enter me.


Anonymous said...

sounds like a great book
karl "at"

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