"God's Wisdom for Navigating Life" by Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller

 

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Title: God's Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs
Author: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller
Start Date: 1/1/18
End Date: 12/31/18
# of Pages: 400
Edition: Viking first 1st hardcover (2017)
ISBN: 9780735222090
Purchase: Amazon

Quick Take: wise

Source: Ken Magnuson

Why I Chose It: In 2016 my parents got us the companion volume to this that walks through the Psalms. It was a good daily meditation, and I expected Proverbs to be a perfect follow up.

Quotes: (1) “Wisdom discerns multiple dimensions to people’s motives and character, rather than putting everyone into the binary categories of ‘good people’ and ‘bad people’. Discernment is also the ability to tell the difference not just between right and wrong but also among good, better, and best.” (2) “…a life devoted to pleasure actually does not deliver pleasure.” (3) “The message [of Ecclesiastes]: Enjoy yourself, but don’t do things you cannot justify before God. Enjoy yourself but keep your conscience clear.” (4) “If we speak bitterly against someone, we can sour our heart toward them. The best way to guard your heart for wisdom is worship, in which the mouth, the mind, the imagination, and even the body are all oriented toward God.” (5) “Sociologists know that we tend to find most plausible the ideas of the people with whom we spend the most time and to whom our admiration is most directed. If we ‘sit in the company of mockers’ (Psalm 1:1) or of the cruel and violent (verse 2), we will become like them. It is easy to envy mockers and cruel people because they are often successful through their ruthlessness.” (6) “…we tend to overlove the wrong things.” (7) “…Those who have nothing can share nothing; those who are going nowhere can have no fellow travelers.” (8) “There is no such thing as a harmless lie.” (9) “We should also seek discipline in the form of instruction and learning (Proverbs 15:32-33). That is, we should habitually seek out others who know more than we do about a subject and learn from them. We should have an entire life marked by being teachable rather than opinionated.” (10) “We promise not to always feel loving but rather to be loving, faithful, tender, and compassionate no matter how we feel at the time.” (11) “…true wisdom is not a set of principles but a supernatural person.”

Other Notes: Solid daily considerations on what wisdom is and how to pursue it.

 
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