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POCKET PROVERBS Paperback – 18 Sep 1994


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the Bible thru the eyes of the Editor - highly sectarian 23 Aug 2012
By book worm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
INTRO: A highly dissappointing experience that deserved 2 stars, had it not been for the number of Bible verses that the Editor (David R. Wilkerson) included. For a pastor and author who "avoided categorizing Christians into distinct groups according to the denomination to which they belong" I find it ironic to be forced to use the term "sectarian" in my review.

AUTHOR/EDITOR: David Ray Wilkerson died in 2011 from a car accident (May the Lord remember him!), was a prolific author and best known for "The Cross and the Switchblade" and the founding pastor of the non-denominational Times Square Church. He has also authored little books like "Victory over Sin and Self" or "Have you felt like giving up lately?" Because of my experience with his holiness/peitistic theology in this little book (Pocket Proverbs) I will stay clear of this author for me and family's spiritual sake.

CONTENT:

UPSIDES
- David Ray Wilkeron does a great job taking us thru the book of Proverbs (*primarily*) and reminding the reader what God's word has to say on various topics. The book does not have numbered pages, but does contain a Table of Contents, and a Subjet Index. Book is topically organized (total of 69).
- The editor is using two Bible verses NIV 1978 and The Living Bible - TLB 1971 to give the readers new and fresh perspectives and language.
- Many of the topics covered by the editor are timely and useful (fx. "Trust God for all things").
- The booklet is *primarily* the Word of the holy God, which works salvation, eternal life, and gives comfort to many souls.

DOWNSIDES
- Reflecting a neo-Protestant, American Evangelical (holiness church, peitistic, baptist&pentecostal theology. (not reflecting the whole spectrum of Christian practices: liturgical churches, reformed theology, early Church Fathers). I had to do many pencil editing, extra notes, and crossing out on this book, because of the sectarian and divergent messages presented by the editor.
- during the Introduction
- Titles chosen for Subjects
- Order of Subject Titles
- Stuffing Subjects with extra verses

CONCLUSION:
I would highly recommend that everyone read the Old Testament book of Proverbs, just by itself (maybe in the ESV, NAB, or RSV Bibles translations). I do not have any suggestions for commentaries, but if one is looking for a Study Bible, to read the Proverbs, I can only recommend "The Orthodox Study Bible" or "The Lutheran Study Bible" (cph.org). May God richly bless you!
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