Corrections to Numbered PDF A5 Nov29

Corrections to the Numbered PDF (Several chapters are 872 BC. I need to give them a better look for Kathy’s time concern.) map – It’s not “Israel 850 BC” but “The Holy Land 850 BC” Table of Contents Foreword – Dave’s fiction is faithful to 1 Kings 18:3-4. Obadiah, palace administrator, was a devout believer … Read more

Foreword A5

Foreword by Ronald Currier Avocado RancherRetired I have known Dave Parks most of my adult life, since the early 1980s, when he first appeared in our Friday night Fellowship in Valley Center, California. His path of Christian service has given us two dramatizations of Bible characters from 850 BC. First Elijah the prophet, and now … Read more

Biah Blurb D3

As close as brothers, young Obadiah and Ahab race stallions and dodge Syrian arrows together. They throw fists but always have each other’s back. When Ahab becomes king, Obadiah manages everything from the stables to the royal olive oil business. As a team, these buddies plan military strategy and, when Syria invades, drive chariots into … Read more

Acknowledgements A6

Acknowledgements Hoo boy! When I tried to jam the lives of Elijah and Obadiah into one story, the writers who critiqued my chapters complained. “Another new character?” “Where’s this story going?” “Who’s it about?” From somewhere I heard, “Get Elijah’s story tied up. Then write about Obadiah.” Relief. Those wonderful writers continued to help … Read more


The Author I write on our back porch with the help of the neighbor’s cat. Delphine, my wife of 39 years, died of cancer in 2000, and I miss her every day. Two years later, I married Vickie. Every day I thank the Lord for Vickie. Vickie and I taught English at universities in China … Read more

Dedication A2

Dedication I dedicate this book to my mother, who read to us from Kipling, Dickens, and Robert Louis Stevenson. Mother took requests. How many times did I ask for “the story of the great war that Rikki-tikki-tavi fought single-handed, through the bathrooms of the big bungalow”? So many times that, when I learned to read, … Read more

One Big Biah B1

Prologue Two centuries after David felled Goliath, Asa reigned in Jerusalem and Baasha in Tirzah. Commander Omri laid siege to Gibbethon of the Philistines. Ahab, the commander’s little boy, brought Obadiah, his village friend, to help cheer for the troops. Background 1 Kings 16:1-16 1. The Forcing of Wrath 882 BC A Village Near Gibbethon, … Read more