David, the slayer of Goliath, lover of Jonathan, ravisher of Bathsheba, is one of culture's great names. Over the years this warrior, poet, mystic and man of mighty passions has been transformed into an icon and his essential humanity has been lost. Colin Pritchard allows David to narrate his own story, as it happened at the time, revealing the character of an extraordinary man, whose life far exceeded any heroic but sanctified myth. With exquisite sensitivity, Colin Pritchard takes us into David's thoughts as he struggles to integrate mind, body and spirit, amidst the contradictions of the brutality of battle, the search for his God, and reconciling his great loves. Such a story has a timeless modernity and will appeal to all interested in the reality of war, love and religious experience, but most of all, those who enjoy a well told story. King David: War & Ecstasy is an original psychobiography. Whilst based upon research, the book essentially explores the personalities of the historical biblical characters in David's story and analyses their complex psychological interactions within their cultural and historical setting. Colin Pritchard's historical studies, clinical practice and psychosocial research make him ideally fitted to offer a text that explores the core humanity of his subject.