Title: The One Year Wisdom for Women Devotional
Author: Debbi Bryson
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
In the Bible, Proverbs 4:7 states, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.” In Debbi Bryson’s book, The One Year Wisdom for Women Devotional, the concept of seeking and finding wisdom in everyday living is promoted.
This three hundred and eighty-two page paperback is geared toward Christian women as it has three hundred and sixty-five daily devotionals taken from the book of Proverbs. It can stand alone as a daily study or read in conjunction with Tyndale House Publishers’ The One Year Bible. This reader wishes all pronouns of Deity were capitalized for reverence.
Each day’s devotional covers one page with light gray butterflies against a mottled background that may be distracting to some readers. The top of the page has the date to read but the author recommends picking the current day’s reading and not trying to play catch up if fallen behind. Each day has a theme from the chronological order of Proverbs so essentially the book is a one year research of thirty-one Biblical chapters written mainly by King Solomon. One to four verses are written out for each day using mainly the NLV Bible translation along with AMP, ESV, KJV, NASB, NIV, and NKJV versions.
After stating the day’s verse, the main part is Bryson’s personal message about the topic. Usually this will include correlating to Old and New Testaments’ Biblical stories and people, famous pastors, individuals like Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill or W.C. Fields and everyday items such as GPS, movies, crowns or monkeys. The author writes to the readers, often calling them, “ladies,” as she gives suggestions, bullet-point instructions or reprimands, trying to focus on getting more wisdom and understanding.
Her “Make It Personal … Live It Out!” section is usually a paragraph of a couple of sentences challenging readers to react regarding the theme or offering questions to consider ways to change or grow spiritually. Sometimes there is a prayer section of only a few lines, always ending with The One Year Bible references to read daily in both Old and New Testaments, Psalms and Proverbs at the bottom of the page.
One example from September 11th is titled “Vanity, Vanity” from Proverbs 23:4-5 NIV. Bryson mentions how nowadays both parents work, women get caught up in fashions, trends and the everyday rat race and we lack contentment. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is quoted along with Jesus advice in Matthew’s Beatitudes. We are reminded that we need to have an eternal perspective, not an earthly one by a C.T. Studd’s poem.
With the in-depth study of Proverbs, this devotional is one way to specifically concentrate on over nine-hundred divine verses that cater toward learning wisdom and understanding that were written so long ago. Although readers may not always glean pertinent information from Bryson’s lessons, the book definitely hones in on realizing how God’s infinite wisdom gives us a glimpse of understanding His power.
This book was furnished by Tyndale House Publishers for review purposes and not every day’s devotion was read.