Title: In Search of Wisdom
Author: Joyce Meyer
“Knowledge is important, but if it is not converted into action, knowledge fails to create transformational changes in our lives,” the front inner jacket states in Joyce Meyer’s book, In Search of Wisdom: Life-Changing Truths in the Book of Proverbs.
~ What ~
At two-hundred-and-seventy-two pages, this jacketed hardbound is designed to explain truths in the thirty chapters of the Bible’s Book of Proverbs. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the AMPC, KJV, AMP, ESV, NLT, and Good News. The beginning has an introduction, while the ending includes the eternal plan of salvation, author’s biography, and lists of books she has written.
The book covers thirty chapters, each dedicated to the thirty chapters in Proverbs. After a recommendation to look for the common thread of seven principles, each chapter ranging from six to thirteen pages discusses some of the main verses and how to apply them to current day life. There are one to three gray highlighted questions asked about the topic and how it may affect the reader personally.
I enjoy being encouraged to rely more often on the Lord and seek His wisdom daily by reading a book on Proverbs. I appreciate the seven principles of wisdom, understanding, prudence, knowledge, discretion, discernment, and the fear of the Lord that are reiterated throughout the pages. I am grateful the eternal plan of salvation is included. I like that the author does not write too much about her personal life as examples.
One of my favorites was Proverbs 3, reminding us to be satisfied not knowing everything that God already knows. It mentions to fear Him and bring our first fruits to Him, that wisdom loves discipline, there are promises attached to wisdom, and to do all the good you can. The question is “Can you think of any troublesome areas in your life that could have been avoided if you had followed wisdom?”
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not appreciate this read. Some may prefer a more in-depth study of the myriad of advice referenced in the cherished book. Others may find the format not always consistent, although it does add lists of promises for the righteous and over thirty short sayings within three chapters.
~ Wish ~
While I do not approve of a woman teacher leading men or the choices of some of the Bible versions, I found this book excellent for a new Christian who needs encouragement and guidance. I wish it were more detailed as it picks and chooses the verses.
~ Want ~
If you like a sophomoric rundown of the Book of Proverbs broken down by chapters, this would be a lovely gift of love for a new convert. Due to its limitation, it should be read daily along with the Bible.
* UPDATE: After speaking with friends and doing a little online research, my opinions of Joyce Meyer and her ministry have changed so cannot recommend this book: https://the-end-time.org/2021/02/09/bullet-points-on-why-joyce-meyer-is-a-false-teacher/
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, FaithWorks, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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