The book of Proverbs is one of the most informative books of the Bible; however, it is not structurally friendly. Now you can have the vital information contained in this book in a format useful for transforming your mind so that your life will reflect the changes. Use this book in your daily Bible studies and as a tutorial for your children. Once you have been given the knowledge, you can begin following instructions of the Lord.
A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Proverbs: Reconstructed - eBook
A great tool.
As I read through Proverbs Reconstructed by Gus Dallas, I was encouraged by the breakdown of the verses. Dallas has many different subjects/topics and placed verses from Proverbs into them. This is a great tool when you need a verse that may go along with a situation or topic you are studying. It can also be great way to learn to memorize verses in Proverbs according to topic.
Dallas has constructed this book in alphabetical order so it is easy to find the subject/topic that is needed. Each topic is then broken down into good and bad ways the word is used. For example, take the word Countenance, Dallas has placed Proverbs 15:13 under the good section, while Proverbs 25:23 is located in the bad section. Each word may not be stated in the verse, but the verse may be talking about each topic.
The good section talks about how the word is used in a good sense, take Proverbs 15:13 for example " A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, ..." Proverbs 25:23 uses the word in a bad sense " ...a backbiting tongue an angry countenance."
The thing I didn't like about this book was each verse it taken out of its original order. God has placed the verses in their order for a reason. I would suggest that anyone who uses this book as a tool also get into the Bible and read the verses surrounding the verse they want to use to make sure they understand the context and reasoning of the verse.
April 24, 2012
Have you ever read through Proverbs and wished that the gems of wisdom were placed into groups by subject. Well that is what Gus Dallas did with Ã¢ÂÂProverbs Ã¢ÂÂReconstructedÃ¢ÂÂ. He placed each topic into a group just for that topic and then he arranged each group alphabetically. So if you want to know what Proverbs has to share/warn/encourage/exhort/instruct on any given topic, all you have to do is run down the list of topics until you find that specific one and there you have it all laid out for you. He even divided the scriptures into Ã¢ÂÂgoodÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂbadÃ¢ÂÂ groupings. So if you want to know what God sees as good on a topic go to the Ã¢ÂÂgoodÃ¢ÂÂ group. If you want to know what HE sees as evil, go to the Ã¢ÂÂbadÃ¢ÂÂ group. Very easy.
I liked the layout and organization of the book. I like his opening and closing remarks too. The book is handy for personal Bible study and could be just as handy for preparing a sermon, Sunday school lesson, or group Bible study.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting a clear, organized way of learning the specific lessons given in Proverbs. It would also make a nice gift.
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March 19, 2012