I realized that I haven't actually told you much about God's Wisdom in Proverbs, beyond the fact that it's coming and it's pre-orderable at 50% off. Realizing this, I'm truly all the more humbled and grateful to the many of you who have pre-ordered the book, regardless. Thank you so much; please know that I never, ever take it for granted.
Perhaps others would like a sneak-peek at what's in it, and such like? In that case, I'm here to serve.
Because the 50%-off price is, seriously, a terrific deal, if you ever think you'd be interested in this book. (For that matter, I'm tempted to order a bunch of copies myself!)
For starters, here's the...
What that doesn't show is that each chapter is followed by a series of study questions for consideration. This will make the book more useful for Bible studies, Fellowship groups, electives, college/seminary courses.
Now let me tell you a bit more about what is in God's Wisdom in Proverbs — though I will mostly let others do the talking. How can I? We sent a penultimate version of the manuscript to a broadly-selected group of readers who included PhDs, moms, pastors, and others of varying levels of theological education. The following quotations are from their responses to a series of questions about their experience in reading the manuscript.
Style. God's Wisdom in Proverbs is rather different from The World-Tilting Gospel. TWTG is conversational in tone. While one hopes that it is evident that the author did his homework, the muscle is kept largely "under the hood." There are relatively few academic-type footnotes, and what Greek and Hebrew notes are included are phonetically transliterated.
Another, who had studied some Hebrew previously, said, "I found [the use of Hebrew] helpful, because Dan explains his terms. He explained his terms well enough that a serious student who may be ignorant of Hebrew could easily manage his way through his book and benefit greatly from it."
Usefulness. Who could make use of God's Wisdom in Proverbs? My intent was that it be useful to as many sorts of people as Lady Wisdom summons in the streets (Prov. 1:20-33). Here are the folks the pre-readers felt it would reach:
- Pastors in training
- Seminary students
- Bible college students
- College students
- Bible study leaders
- Biblical counselors
- Discipleship trainers
- SS teachers
- Parents, specifically home-school parents and parents of struggling or wise teenagers
- Young parents who want to start their households off on the path of wisdom
- Single parents
- Serious-minded Christians
- Pretty much anyone who is serious about studying the Proverbs
- Anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of Hebrew or understand how intricately translations affect understanding and application
- All kinds of people from all kinds of walks of life
- Home school co-op teachers
Of course, as the author, to see both "accessible" and "academic" applied repeatedly to the same book does not ruin my day. To say the least.
But if you have any interest in it at all, I sincerely encourage you to take advantage of the 50% off deal that is currently being offered. When Amazon has it, I can't imagine they're get anywhere near that price.
Publication date is targeted for September 1, 2011. Soon!
Readers outside of America: the person to contact is Tonya Waycaster, at tonya.waycaster, then @, then stl-distribution.com. Ask her any questions you have about coupons, delivery, all the rest. Thanks for your interest!
Kindle? Logos? Audio version? All that probably depends on sales of the hardcover edition, and that is what this post and meta are about.