God’s Book of Proverbs – Book Review

I just received our latest book in the mail and am already excited about reading it.  Lifeway Publishing has taken the books and verses in Proverbs and arranged them by topic.  What a great idea.  It makes it easy ti find a particular reference when you need it.  All of the many categories are arranged alphabetically and are easy to locate in either the index or by thumbing through the pages.

The quotes are from the CSB version of the Bible and there is an introduction by Trevin Wax, a biblical and reference publisher.  It also has a page that you can use if you wish to give this book as a gift.

I give this book 5 stars, that is right, this is a necessity for all Christian libraries.

 

You can purchased the book at:

https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/god-s-book-of-proverbs-P005799586

Book Learning

“One Book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many!”
Martin Luther

I definitely agree with Martin Luther on this one.  Among my friends and family, I”m known as an avid reader, and sometimes even accused of being “obsessed” with books.  I read the Bible every week, but I’m also usually reading a novel and a book on some religious or spiritual topic at the same time.  That doesn’t include magazines, articles on the internet, etc..  After I retired, I worked at the public library for a while, and I’ve been in a book club.  I love being around books and discussing books.

When you’re a reader you are constantly learning.  Even a novel may teach all kinds of things about different times, places and people, You mull over ethical questions and are exposed to different points of view.   Here are some of the ways reading is good for you:

  1. It slows the process of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  2. It reduces stress.  Reading the Bible or other spiritual texts has been shown to lower blood pressure
  3. It expands your vocabulary
  4. Gives you stronger analytical and thinking skills
  5. Improves focus and concentration
  6. Readers are better writers
  7. Promotes inner peace and tranquility
  8. Provides free entertainment

We can thank the reformers and their desire to make the Bible accessible to everyone for our own ability today to read and learn about practically any topic we chose.  So read your Bible (and something from another book) every day.  You’ll be amazed at what you can learn!  In my next post, I’ll tell you what I’ve been reading and learning.

 

John Donne on the Church

Do you like this metaphor?  I like the idea that the church is a book that will one day be completely translated into a new and better language (but then I love books and libraries).
Engraving from Thomas More's 'Utopia'
fromDevotions Upon Emergent OccasionsMEDITATION XVII.

NUNC LENTO SONITU DICUNT, MORIERIS.

Now this bell tolling softly for another,
says to me, Thou must die.

PERCHANCE he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill as that he knows not it tolls for him.  And perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that.  The church is catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does, belongs to all.  When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that head which is my head too, and ingraffed into that body, whereof I am a member.  And when she buries a man, that action concerns me; all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God’s hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again, for that library where every book shall lie open to one another; as therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come; so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness.