Monday, June 5, 2017

Street Smarts from Proverbs by Mitch Kruse

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords (June 27, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478921390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478921394

About the Book:

STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS reveals Solomon's steps to divine wisdom while providing tools to navigate out of conflict into community.

Mitch Kruse learned the hard way that going to church three times a week while growing up did not answer the question:

Have you ever thought about changing the scorecard of your life from money to wisdom?

His pursuit to find the answer sparked a lifelong journey through the ultimate wisdom book, Proverbs, one that connects God's heart with street smarts.

STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS introduces Solomon's twelve words to the wise:

  • righteousness, equity, and justice
  • wise behavior, understanding, and wise communication
  • prudence, discretion, and wise counsel
  • discipline, knowledge, and learning

Each is paired with a real-life story of someone who experienced God's miraculous restoration after humbling their heart to Him. It explains, illustrates, and applies one of the twelve words, providing an easy-to-understand, yet life-transforming step-by-step process to assimilate each respective trait of wisdom.

STREET SMARTS FROM PROVERBS gives memorable prompts for the reader to recall every point with the purpose of applying it to conflict at work, with family, among friends, and in ministry. It provides tangible tools to be shrewd, yet harmless, in business dealings; to separate wisdom from foolishness through discretion; and to seek wise counsel for life's decisions.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely love this book!  Mitch Kruse writes with passion and it comes through loud and clear on every page.  Plus, he gives us a fresh look at Proverbs, one of the most quoted but least studied books in the Old Testament.

To begin, Kruse encourages readers to begin just reading through the Book of Proverbs, one chapter per day.  Today is June 5th, so we would be reading chapter five.  By the end of a month, you'll have read through the entire book (might have to cram in chapter 31 in those shorter months--like February and April).  Even better advice?  Do this every month for the entire year!

Then, in the introduction, he lists 12 words for us to focus on--righteousness, equity, justice, prudence, etc.  Words we don't normally think about when we're studying any book of God's Word.  In Part One Kruse defines the fool and gives the key to unlocking wisdom.

Part Two takes each of the 12 words and gives us passages, studies, and anecdotes to dive deeply into the study.  In "Rightneousness", Kruse discusses relationships, resilience, and resolve.  In "Equity", we read about integrity, and intimacy with God.

This quite possibly is the best book/Bible study I've encountered this year about God's book.  I'm planning on implementing the daily Proverbs for the year...and I'll report back on June 5, 2018 (unless I forget!).

I'm giving "Street Smarts" my 'for such a time as this', and urging you to purchase a copy for yourself and a friend--perfect gift for Father's Day!  Until the next book appears...

Mark Your Place,




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