Let Scripture reform the next generation.
There are many different kinds of legacies we can leave, but sharing yourself and your faith with the next generation will always stand the test of time. Through showing himself and his wisdom in the book of Proverbs, God has also left his legacy with us and relies on us to share it with our children and grandchildren. But before we can share that wisdom, first we must grow in our own understanding and knowledge and record, reflect, and consider what we have learned.
Pass it On provides readers with an opportunity to create a legacy of wisdom and faith and to share it with their children and grandchildren. As readers are guided through the book of Proverbs, they are asked to create their own personalized, wisdom journal with the aim of giving it to someone they love. Through careful study, answering questions, writing out prayers, and sharing personal stories, readers can create a lasting keepsake for themselves and for their families and friends.
The fresh and careful translation provided comes from Dr. Bruce Waltke, who, now in his eighties, has devoted his life to a humble and Christ-focused study of God s Word, and especially the book of Proverbs. His two-volume work on Proverbs is considered by many as the premier commentary in the English language. As you study the translation of individual chapters, add your own comments in the margins. And feel free to circle, underline, and connect key words or phrases as you see them in the chapter for the day.
GENRE: Christian NonFiction/Devotional
PUBLISHER: New Growth Press
RELEASE DATE: October 30, 2017
“A wise person knows how God has made the world to work & skillfully shapes his life to go with (not against) the grain of God’s creation.”
Pass It On is not only a valuable resource for personal devotions & spiritual growth; it also provides a meaningful opportunity to pass God’s wisdom – and how it has shaped your own life – to the younger generations. Designed to be given to someone else after your own use, the book becomes a sort-of journal where you can record your own Bible study reflections and observations, as well as things you want the younger generation to know. Readers are encouraged to answer these questions with someone already in mind to pass it on to when finished.
The study aspect to this book divides the book of Proverbs into its 31 individual chapters and with a ‘guided tour’ of each before reading that chapter in its entirety. This gives readers an idea of what themes to watch for as they read, etc. Thornton also begins the book by talking about why the book of Proverbs is so important to our everyday lives as believers and gives a very thoughtful overview/definition of how the book of Proverbs defines wisdom. I really enjoyed this beginning and have several lines highlighted for posterity.
The journal part of Pass It On ends each chapter with opportunity to reflect on one verse that stood out to you from that chapter as well as a ‘going deeper’ section with study-type questions which address parts of the text as well as your own life experiences. Each study section concludes with ‘Connecting the Gospel’, ‘Personalizing a Prayer’ and ‘Sharing Your Story’. The end result is a keepsake for someone in your circle of influence (whether past, present, or future) as well as time meaningfully spent personally in God’s Word.
Bottom Line: Pass It On takes a unique approach to Bible study. Not only are you reflecting on your own heart, but you are doing so even as you look ahead to how best to impact someone else with your words and, most importantly, God’s wisdom. The structure and the writing are accessible and easy to navigate, and the truth that can be mined here is endless. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to pass on truth to the next generation. In fact I’ve bought a couple copies on my own for Christmas gifts!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!
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Champ Thornton, MDiv, is associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, OH. He is also the author of “The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith,” “God’s Love: A Bible Storybook,” and Bible curriculum for early and upper elementary-aged children. Champ and his wife, Robben, have been married since 1996 and have three children.
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What about you? What is a word of wisdom you want to pass on to younger generations?