October 1st, 2009
A Proverbs Driven Life
Normally the latest fiction hardcover by John Grisham or Vince Flynn would keep me up late at night, not a guide through the book of Proverbs. But I just couldn’t put down A Proverbs Driven Life by Anthony Selvaggio, and I commend it to you. Selvaggio guides readers on how to understand and benefit from the book of Proverbs, a treasure-house of wisdom for daily living.
The book of Proverbs can be hard to relate to our modern, technology-filled lives, but Selvaggio gives an effective blueprint for living out the Old Testament’s wisdom literature in the 21st century. His writing is engaging and practical, drawing vivid illustrations from his life and from experiences we all have had. As I read, my heart was filled with hope that I too can grow in honoring God by how I live, for Selvaggio constantly shows how Proverbs points ahead to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the motivation and power for change.
What You’ll Find In This Book
Part One, the first two chapters, make Proverbs accessible by giving tips for reading this ancient writing that is part of the Bible. Part Two challenges the hectic, fast-paced lives we lived by giving God’s perspective on work, laziness, and rest. Recognizing why God provides wealth and how to use our money for redemptive living is the focus of Part Three.
“Like Sam To Frodo” in Part Four offers helpful advice on building and growing friendships for God’s kingdom. The last sections, Parts Five and Six give practical examples from Proverbs on how to have a rewarding marriage, how to avoid sexual temptations that can overtake us, and how parents can rely on God’s empowering grace to disciple their children.
Why Read This Book?
I’ve found that Selvaggio’s book intersects with my everyday life. I’ve seen how the Cross should shape my words, my marriage, my work, my view of money. Particularly, I’ve discovered how God expects me to take time to rest genuinely from my busy lifestyle. My wife Christy can attest to the value of this book by how it’s helped me adjust and slow the pace at which we live.
At first, I was gently surprised that, at times, the book wanders away so much from the book of Proverbs and into other books of the Bible. But this is a strength because it applies Proverbs to our daily lives by drawing on the rest of the Bible to reinforce and illustrate what Proverbs is urging. Selvaggio’s writing is easy to digest and relate to our lives, especially because he gives purpose statements for every chapter and every section. I encourage you to pick up a copy.