Solomon, son of David and King of Israel, could have asked for anything from God when he was given that exact opportunity—money or fame would have been most people’s choices. However, he chose wisdom. Solomon then recorded those wisdom principles in the book of Proverbs.
We have that same godly wisdom today, right now, at our fingertips. Proverbs is the quintessential advice column directly from God. Within this book, the proverbs are grouped according to topics like finances, friendship, marriage, leadership, gossip, prostitution, adultery, anger, and common sense along with many other topics. What makes this compilation of Proverbs unique is that the proverbs are coupled with striking stories that reflect real life examples of choosing or not choosing wisdom.
Judith and Dave share some raw, personal experiences, reflecting their interaction with people over the years from time spent in Haiti, Canada, and the United States. They also include stories from the lives of people like former Presidents, heroic soldiers, and brave citizens. Well-known characters from favorite novels also serve as examples of people that choose wisely or foolishly. And historical events like the Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and Chicago fires serve as metaphorical examples of people’s words that cause uncontrollable damage.
This popular retelling of Solomon’s proverbs will be something that you will treasure, you will reread, and you will want to share with others. Being familiar with the various proverbs, you will quickly call to mind a choice that is wise when you are facing a difficult circumstance. Over four hundred proverbs are contained in this book covering twenty-eight different topics. Many of the proverbs are applicable to today because most of them are not time-bound or culturally restricted. Who cannot benefit from “a gentle answer deflects anger” from Proverbs 15 and verse 1.
Enjoy the journey that you encounter in this book, reminding yourself of wise choices when faced with life’s wide variety of unique experiences, dilemmas, challenges, and joys. Solomon did not always choose wisely, and neither do we. But as Solomon reflected on his life toward the end, he said that we should beware of anything beyond the wisdom that is from God.