This book complies and sorts the wisdom of the whole book of Proverbs by topic. So you can look up wisdom on Anger, Conflict, Deception, the Heart, Money, Laziness…etc. The version I have is a beautifully bound hardcover. With an elegant design using shades of tan. The inside is very nice and elegant as well.
I really like the emphasis, in the introduction to this compilation, though wisdom is an excellent thing to have, on it's own it will not bring you happiness and salvation. "King Solomon, the man responsible for most of the sayings in this book, was considered the wisest man in history…..Even so, Solomon disregarded some of the wisdom God gave him…" We need more than just knowledge of the right, we need the right Person to make us holy and put His law in our hearts.
What I didn't quite get in the intro, though, was the statement that "The entire message of the Bible, including this book of Proverbs, is summarized like this:….(after quoting John 3:16)…By turning from our sin and trusting in Jesus, the one who became wisdom from God for us, we can know true wisdom now and be assured of living in God's presence forever." I don't think that someone would get that message from just reading the book of Proverbs…. The book of Proverbs turns us to God but doesn't directly tell us that we cannot follow its wisdom without Christ. But perhaps I'm just being too nit-picky here.
Anyway, this is a really handy book to have. Feeling lonely and as if you don't have enough friends? Turn to the Friendship section, in it you will find that "One with many friends may be harmed but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother." Feeling rather proud of yourself today? In the section on pride you will be reminded that "Pride comes before destruction and an arrogant spirit before a fall."
This book would make a great graduation present!
Many thanks to the folks at B&H Bloggers for sending me a free review copy of this book! My review did not have to be favorable.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
*Note I don't see the hardcover neutral color version that I have online anywhere in hardcover (or perhaps they haven't updated the picture yet?). They only seem to have it as an ebook right now. They do have a dark brown hardcover version though.