TMW Book Reviews

Review – Stand Up…Face Up…Look Up…: Lessons from David, a Man after God’s Own Heart


Ronnie Kidd


Ronnie Kidd’s inspirational book, “Stand Up… Face Up… Look Up…,” seeks to impart life lessons drawn from the biblical story of David, revered as “a man after God’s own heart.” Throughout the book, Kidd draws on the extensive narrative of David’s life—from his humble beginnings as a shepherd boy to his rise as the King of Israel, as depicted in the Bible.

The essence of Kidd’s work lies in its structured exploration of the virtues and spiritual insights gleaned from David’s experiences. Each chapter begins with a specific lesson or principle derived from an aspect of David’s life, such as the importance of looking beyond external appearances, the virtues of prudence, obedience, and humility, and the significance of maintaining faith in God despite adversity. Kidd correlates these ancient scriptures to modern life, aiming to offer readers a pathway to a more spiritually enriched life by embodying these timeless virtues.

Kidd’s writing style is straightforward yet profound. He employs a didactic tone that serves the dual purpose of educating and inspiring his audience. The book is well-organized, with each chapter focusing on a distinct attribute or episode from David’s life, making the content accessible and the lessons clear and applicable.

What stands out most in Kidd’s narrative is his ability to connect deeply theological concepts with practical, everyday applications. For instance, he interprets David’s confrontation with Goliath not just as a historical event, but as a metaphor for overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges in one’s own life by faith and determination.

The book does not merely recount biblical stories; it delves into them with a fresh perspective, encouraging introspection and spiritual growth. This approach will likely resonate well with readers seeking to deepen their faith or gain new insights into the Bible’s teachings on personal integrity and spirituality.

In sum, Ronnie Kidd’s “Stand Up… Face Up… Look Up…” is an enriching read that provides a comprehensive look at the virtues that made David a beloved figure in biblical history and a role model for Christian followers. The book’s focus on personal growth through faith, combined with Kidd’s insightful commentary, makes it a valuable resource for anyone looking to enhance their spiritual journey.

– The Moving Words Review

Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2025