Wisdom for Fools – 101 Proverbs to Live By, Shane Watson
John Scarsbrook, Killamarsh, England
Paperback, 218 pages, Published by Gospel Folio Press, 304 Killaly Street West, Port Colborne ON L3K 6A6, Canada.
The book of Proverbs does not lend itself to analysis, and apart from a six page introduction, Wisdom for Fools does not attempt this. This is just as well, as the introduction is the least successful part of the book. In the remaining 200 pages the author paints 101 miniatures, setting the golden apples of God’s wisdom in word pictures of silver. These are brief sketches, each study is typically about a page long, but they are skilfully drawn. Without cliché or pomposity, the author re-examines each chosen verse, and brings out their enduring relevance to anyone who wants to walk wisely through this wilderness world. The short chapters are best taken in small doses; a couple to be taken morning and evening, a suitable word doing good, like a medicine. The rendering of each chosen text in the KJV and the NKJV echoes the parallelism of the poetry, and the commentary is fresh and thought-provoking even to those familiar with the verses.
Whatever the situation, there is a proverb for it, well expressed, apposite, straight from the Holy Spirit’s treasury of wisdom, and when He is the guide, the wayfarers, though fools, will not mistake their road. It certainly feels as if the author could have easily found another 264 proverbs to complete a day-by-day style diary of Proverbial wisdom. I’ll certainly buy it if it is ever published!
Anyone wishing to follow the Lord in the way of integrity, spiritual good sense, and manner of life, will attain to the wise counsels of the book of Proverbs, the words of the wise and their dark sayings, and this little book illuminates and applies them readably and helpfully.
Thanks to John Stewart, Killamarsh, England for this review.