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The book of Proverbs is important because it contains divine wisdom. Its sayings strip truth down to its essence and express it in a memorable way. Every reader, regardless of age, location, culture, or place in history, can benefit from studying this timeless book of the Old Testament. Wisdom's Call is designed to help young Christians understand Proverbs in light of the special challenges and situations they face. The study is divided into thirteen relevant topics so that it may be used as a guide for Bible classes. Each lesson closes with discussion questions to facilitate class participation.
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What better way to study, with our youth, powerful and timely lessons from the inspired book of Proverbs, than with the guidance, augmentation, and organization of one known to be a faithful and honorable young man himself? Drew Kizer, in Wisdom's Call, provides lessons that are not only easily arranged for a quarterly Bible study, but they are lessons that will engage and challenge your young people with something more than milk or a series of mindless discussions. Teachers relying upon Wisdom's Call will also be better equipped for the task agreed to take on.
You will value Drew Kizer's perspective and scholarship. You will be grateful for Drew's integrity in researching the text, and his industry to give attention to pertinent details in explaining the context. Wisdom's Call will stimulate the student's understanding about such things as Hebrew parallelism and poetry, in such a way that the intended message of the text is observed and not obscured, and at the same time Drew gives attention to the vital principles of Proverbs so necessary for faithful living in Christ. This study of Proverbs is a logical addition to Riddle Creek's Equipping Our Teens Series.
Whether for a quarter of study with your congregation's young people, a series of fortifying family devotionals, or to supplement your own personal study, Wisdom's Call will be a welcomed and wise addition to your efforts to heed the Lord's call.
-Toby L. Soechting, Howe, TX
Though hailing itself as a part of the "Equipping Our Teens Series," it doesn't take long for the reader to realize that the work Drew Kizer has done in "Wisdom's Call" is of a class that even a mature Christian needs to swim in. "Wisdom's Call" hearkens us to a higher plane of living as it summons up the voice of wisdom from the Old Testament treasure of Proverbs.
The book of Proverbs presents many great truths, but the challenge to anyone studying these teachings is trying to form them into some cohesive workable mode for presentation. In "Wisdom's Call" we find material outlined in an excellent manner for teaching or preaching. This material is as well organized as any this writer has seen on the book of Proverbs. Its strength lies in groupings and lists. Whether it's the listing of the six characteristics in "Who is A Fool?" scattered throughout Proverbs or "Opposites," where Kizer masterfully and simply explains Hebrew parallelism and gives us seven delightful examples, the author's approach is both biblical and useable. Other "grouping" chapters like "The Power of the Tongue" and "How to Deal with an Enemy" are equally insightful. These truths are so robed as to draw the reader along making him want to emulate the good. Kizer also plays on the wise men's own lists with chapters like: "Seven Things the Lord Hates;" "Small But Wise" and "A Virtuous Woman."
-Dale Jenkins, The Jenkins Institute
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