Growing up, I went through my Bible with a set of colored pencils and, specifically for Proverbs, I underlined or highlighted the passages based on a set of high-level topics to which I thought the text applied. Red was for love, Green was for money, and those are the only two I remember off the top of my head. If nothing else, it made for a very colorful book of Proverbs. With all that practical advice packed into one book, how else are you supposed to find what you’re looking for?
Well, now there’s this book, which extracts every (presumably – I didn’t add them all up) verse from Proverbs and groups them by thematic category for quick reference. It’s somewhere between a concordance and Bartlett’s Familiar Quotes. Most of the topics offer examples of good and bad usage and, fittingly, I can see the good and bad arguments about this approach. On the positive side, I can quickly share all the Proverbs about bears with my son (it’s his favorite animal). However, pulling the verses out like this removes all context and reduces the powerful advice offered by this book to a series of organized soundbytes.
I think it has a place and I’ll enjoy it for the positives.
peace… love… bdg…