Where is Wisdom by Scott James — Book Review

This attractive picture book is beautifully and colorfully illustrated by Hein Zaayman.  The text is inspired by Job 28 which begins:

“Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold that they refine.  Iron is taken out of the earth and copper is smelted from the ore.”

Subtitled, A Treasure Hunt Through God’s Wondrous World, author Scott James uses the analogy of mining to describe how we must “dig” to find wisdom, which is a valuable treasure.  The information given is biblically correct, and there is a final page with a theme verse and thought questions for parents or teachers to use in discussing the material further.

Those good things being said, I do have a concern about this book.  It seems designed to appeal to younger  children (I would say age 10 or below), but the concept of wisdom is abstract and will be difficult for this age group to grasp.  The use of the literal image of mining, in my opinion, would likely be confusing rather than illuminating for young children. On the other hand, a twelve year old would understand the concepts, but find it too babyish in format.  I’m not an educator, but as a parent, grandparent and former Sunday School teacher, I believe I am correct in this evaluation.

For other Christian books for children see:

GraceFull by Dorena Williamson — Book Review

Great and Small Prayers for Babies — Book Review

The Promises of God Storybook Bible by Jennifer Lyell–Book Review

VERDICT:  2 STARS.  Appealing to look at, but not suited to the targeted age group.

If you are interested in purchasing this book, follow the link below:


The Lutheran Ladies received a free copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.   Disclaimer pursuant to FTC 16 CFR part 255.



This entry was posted in Christian books and tagged , , , by jculler1972. Bookmark the permalink.

About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

1 thought on “Where is Wisdom by Scott James — Book Review

  1. Pingback: The Gift That I Can Give For Little Ones by Kathie Lee Gifford–Book Review | Lutheran Ladies Connection

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.