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Sunday, January 29, 2012

"The Wisdom of God" (Nancy Guthrie)

TITLE: The Wisdom of God: Seeing Jesus in the Psalms and Wisdom Books
AUTHOR: Nancy Guthrie
PUBLISHER: Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012, (272 pages).

This book is a 10-week journey of Bible studies through the five wisdom books in the Bible; namely, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Songs of Solomon. It begins with the author's personal conviction that being wise is much better than being smart. Each week, the reader is encouraged to work through the three phases.

  1. Personal Bible study
  2. Learning through the Teaching chapter
  3. Discussing it with a group
Week 1 is a general overview of the entire wisdom book series, that all the books are guiding the believer to live as one who belongs to God. Guthrie points out the salient emphases of each book. Job shows how a wise person can live through in spite of suffering. Psalms enable the person to express and engage God through the ups and downs of human emotions. Proverbs give advice and practical tips on how to be wise in this world. Ecclesiastes points out that life is more than simply living in the world. Life is about living under God. The song of Solomon highlights the joys of a loving relationship. Week 2 is on Job. Weeks 3-7 deals with the Psalms. Week 8 deals with Proverbs, week 9 with Ecclesiastes, and Week 10 on Song of Solomon.

Perhaps, due to the size of Psalms (150 books in all), Guthrie has sensibly taken time to go through the different themes of Psalms, making the studies on Psalms comprising about 50% of the whole book. The author has demonstrated her own personal engagement with the book with her own life too. Most of us know that the author has her share of hard times, and we are glad to have another of her very reflective and insightful work. For Bible study groups that want to learn about biblical wisdom, this book is a 5-in-1 offering to give us a wonderful overview of the wisdom books in the Bible. Most Bible studies tend to focus on one or two of these, but Guthrie wisely puts them all together to enable readers to get a richer perspective of wisdom through the five wisdom books. What I like about this book is the conscientious focus on Jesus.

I recommend this book highly for all Bible study groups.

Rating: 4.5 stars of 5.


This book is provided to me free, courtesy of Crossway Books and NetGalley without any obligation for a positive review. All the comments given are freely mine.

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